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More Moves In Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced national receiver S.J. Haidara, international offensive lineman Jarriel King, national defensive back Kwame Adjei, national offensive lineman Aaron Picton and national running back Brandon Deschamps have all signed with the team. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Haidara (6’1 – 215) will return for his fourth CFL season and second with the Riders after joining the team in June, 2015. Last season, the 26-year-old played nine regular season games picking up eight receptions for 58 yards and one special teams tackle.

Haidara has played 43 career regular season games through his first four years after originally being selected by the BC Lions in the 2nd round (12th overall) in the 2013 CFL Draft.

King (6’5 – 315) was acquired by the Riders last week in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts. The 28-year-old South Carolina product played three regular season games for the Argonauts in 2015. Through three seasons with the Argos, King has played 29 regular season games, with 26 starts, spending time at guard and tackle.

Both Haidara and King were eligible to become free agents on February 9th.

Adjei (6’1 – 205) signs with the Riders after playing five collegiate seasons at Mount Allison. The 22-year-old Brampton, ON native picked up 176 total defensive tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and eight interceptions in 40 career regular season games.

Riders Name Coaching Staff

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones has announced eight additions to the team’s coaching staff.

Joining Chris Jones on the Riders staff will be:

Stephen McAdoo – Offensive coordinator & assistant head coach
Craig Dickenson – Special teams coordinator
Jarious Jackson – Quarterbacks coach & passing game coordinator
Mike Scheper – Offensive line coach
Phillip Lolley – Linebackers coach
Jason Shivers – Defensive backs coach
Ed Philion – Defensive line coach
Craig Davoren – Running backs coach & special teams assistant

Out With The Old – In With The New In Riderville

Today the Saskatchewan Roughriders introduced their new football operations staff.

The team then quickly went about remaking the roster. Here’s the official word:

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones has announced his football operations staff.

Joining Jones in the front office will be assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel, John Murphy.

Murphy joins the Riders after spending eight seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, originally joining the team during their 2008 Grey Cup winning season. He joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as director of player personnel for the 2009 season before returning to the Stampeders where he spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager and director of player personnel.

Long serving Roughrider, Jeremy O’Day remains with the club after being named assistant vice president of football operations and administration.

O’Day originally joined the Riders front office in 2011 as a football operations coordinator after playing 202 regular season games through 12 seasons with the team. He has spent the last four seasons as assistant general manager and director of football operations. Last year, O’Day was named interim vice-president of football operations and general manager where he remained for the final nine games of the 2015 regular season.

Out with the old:

Riders Deal Mess!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded national running back Jerome Messam and the fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft acquired earlier in the day to the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for national kicker Tyler Crapigna, a 3rd round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft, and the rights to a negotiation list player.

Crapigna (5’7” – 166) was originally drafted by the Stampeders in the fifth round (40th overall) in the 2014 CFL Draft. The McMaster product graduated as the CIS all-time leader in field goals with 84.

To Saskatchewan:
National kicker Tyler Crapigna
3rd round selection in 2016 CFL Draft
Negotiation list player

To Calgary:
National running back Jerome Messam
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft (acquired by Riders from Montreal on Oct. 14)

Glenn Gone From Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded international quarterback Kevin Glenn to the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2016 CFL Draft.

Glenn signed with the Riders as a free agent last February. In nine games this season, Glenn has completed 171 of 257 pass attempts for 2,174 yards and nine touchdowns with ten interceptions.

To Saskatchewan:
5th round selection in 2016 CFL Draft

To Montreal:
International quarterback Kevin Glenn

Riders Clean House

Numerous CFL sources are confirming that the Saskatchewan Roughriders have relieved Head Coach Corey Chamblin and General Manager Brendan Taman from their duties.

The axe fell earlier this evening after new CEO Craig Reynolds met with the pair.

Details of that meeting are not known. However, Special teams Co-ordinator Bob Dyce is expected to take over as Head Coach on an Interim Basis while Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day will fill the role held by Taman.

Riders Glenn Out…. For A While:

The hits keep coming for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Yesterday the club moved injured Quarterback Kevin Glenn to the 6-game injured list.

Glenn tore his pectoral muscle making a tackle in Sunday’s loss to B.C.

The Riders will now turn to rookie Brett Smith to take over the offence. Tino Sunseri will serve as the back-up.

The Green and White did make a roster edition yesterday.

Riders Lose Another Vet For the Season Add Another National

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive back Weldon Brown has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national defensive back Dan West to the roster. As per club policy details of the contract were not released.

West (6’2 – 201) wil l join the Riders after spending his first three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after signing with the team as a free agent ahead of the 2012 season.

Riders Lose One Add Two

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another veteran for the rest of the season.

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskie Levi Steinhauer, who suffered a season-ending torn pectoral injury last year, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Here is the official word from the Riders:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

Meanwhile, the Green and White added a pair of players yesterday:

To The Point: Riders Lose 35-32/D Gets An F?

Another tough one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders who drop to 0-3 on the season after an overtime loss in BC on Saturday night. Here’s my running analysis from the contest.

1st Quarter:

Weston Dressler despite his small stature has started out fearlessly going over the middle against the BC defence.
Riders first offensive possession comes to a close after a failed second and long run by Kevin Glenn. The play would have gone for naught though as the Riders Chris Best was flagged for holding. The second penalty for the Riders in the opening 3 minutes. The first came on the kick-off return.

Perhaps the first mistake of the game. Despite Ray Early’s punt drifting into the end zone the Lions, inexplicably, run the ball out. First and ten inside their own ten for B.C. Can the Riders defence make a statement early?
First BC offensive play is scrubbed by an offensive penalty back the Lions up again. Objectionable conduct is an interesting call and an even less impressive penalty.

After a pair of first downs the BC offence stalls with a dropped pass and the Riders offence can go back to work.