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Riders Officially Add Price And National LB

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed national linebacker Nathan Kanya while adding international quarterback Keith Price to the practice roster.

Kanya (6’2 – 210) joins the Riders and will enter his fifth CFL season. The UBC product spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with Hamilton Tiger-Cats before joining the Edmonton Eskimos for the next two years. The 27-year-old has collected 42 special teams tackles in 63 regular season games while adding three more in four playoff games.

Price (6’1 – 202) re-joins the Riders after originally signing with the team in September, 2014 appearing in four regular season games as a backup. The 24-year-old California native had spent the previous four seasons as quarterback of the University of Washington Huskies.

Riders Punt Milo

From the Saskatchewan Roughriders:

RIDERS TRANSACTION

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the release of national kicker Chris Milo.

To The Point: Game Recap And Analysis: Toronto 42 – Saskatchewan 40

A tough loss for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (42-40 Toronto) sees them fall to 0-2 on the season and perhaps more significantly 0-2 at home. Here are my thoughts from the contest as it played out.

The Rider defence appears to begin strong as Alex Hall collects a sack on Toronto’s opening drive.

Long field goal from Argonaut youngster Ronnie Pfeffer to cap impressive first drive. Riders I’m sure wish they had a young player that could come in and connect from 50 yards out. 3-0 Toronto.

Impressive opening drive for the Riders. Questionable decision on second and short to move Messam laterally instead of North-South towards the end zone. Despite that the play call shows some creativity.
Paul McCallum comes into a nice ovation and connects on a chip shot to tie the game. Tie-game 3-3.
Second Toronto drive has them once again moving the ball on a porous Rider defense.

The only way the Riders are getting pressure is by blitzing safety Tyron Brackenridge. How long before the Argos take a shot deep?

First quarter ends 3-3 with Argos marching. Riders to get the wind in the second quarter.

Argos cap off another impressive drive this time with a major. No pressure on the Quarterback and Kevin Elliot is allowed to cross the formation to take the dump pass for the major. A long extra point attempt into the wind is good and Toronto takes a 10-3 lead.

Second Rider possession ends with a Rob Bagg reception short of the first down. Kevin Glenn heads towards Bagg as the two leave the field. No doubt the conversation has to do with knowledge of down and distance.
Riders illegal formation on the ensuing punt negates a 60 yard-punt. Ouch. A big return by Chad Owens is negated by penalty and the Argos are starting deep in their own end.

Rider Final Cuts Includes Pair of National Vets

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following roster moves:

 

RELEASED:

  • National wide receiver Melvin Abankwah
  • National defensive back Kwame Adjei
  • National wide receiver Alex Carroll
  • National defensive back Michael Carter
  • International linebacker Jake Doughty
  • International defensive back Jeremy Gray
  • International wide receiver Greg Hardin
  • International offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick
  • National offensive lineman Gord Hinse
  • International defensive back Tyree Hollins
  • National fullback Ronlee King-Fileen
  • National defensive lineman Tyler Langlais
  • International defensive back Junior Mertile
  • National offensive lineman Brad Nehring
  • International defensive back Marrio Norman
  • National kicker Hugh O’Neill
  • International running back Sam Ojuri
  • National offensive lineman Kyle Paterson
  • National wide receiver Alex Pierzchalski
  • International offensive lineman Randy Richards
  • International wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt
  • International defensive lineman Robert Singletary
  • International linebacker Phillip Steward
  • National offensive lineman Matt Vonk
  • International wide receiver Devin Wilson
  • National defensive back Paul Woldu

 

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Riders Continue To Roll Off The Field

The Saskatchewan Roughriders held their 2014-15 Annual General Meeting in the Schumiatcher Room at Conexus Art Centre.

2014-15 AGM ANNOUNCEMENTS

FINANCIAL REPORT

During her report, Tina Holtby, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Director of Finance, revealed the Football Club reported a profit of $2.2 million. The Club recorded operating revenues of $42.4 million.

TICKET SALES

Gate receipts generated $15 million in revenue for the 2014 season down slightly from the prior year mainly due to Mosaic Stadium returning to its regular capacity after the removal of extra seats that had been installed for the 2013 Grey Cup.

MERCHANDISE SALES

Tino Toast In Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced their first round of cuts on Sunday evening.

Among the cuts was 2014 second-string quarterback.

The full release is below:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following roster moves:

RELEASE:

To The Point: Rider Wrap – Has the CFL Destroyed Their Game?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders dropped their opening game of the 2015 season, albeit pre-season, 31-24 to the Edmonton Eskimos in Fort McMurray on Saturday.

While the result may not count in the standings the game was far from meaningless with a number of players auditioning for jobs on both sides of the ball.

It was also an opportunity for the Canadian Football League to show off some of their new rules aimed at increasing scoring and the flow of the game.

Here are some observations from the Northern Kick-off in Alberta.
– The pre-season opener was a short one for receiver Ryan Smith. The sophomore from Notre Dame made one reception and then left the game after what in my opinion was a blatant head shot from Adam Konar. The analysts described the hit as a good one, however, in my experience when a defender leaves their feet to deliver a hit that should be called a spear. Not sure why this one wasn’t.

– Any doubt that Darian Durant may not be ready to go should be laid to rest. The veteran pivot stood in the pocket and delivered the ball a number of times in the opening quarter. He also on a couple of occasions took a hit to deliver the ball. That’s extremely encouraging.
– At the other end of the spectrum should there be some concern regarding the offensive line? The Eskimos had a lot of heat on the Riders all night and completely disabled the Riders running game. Yes Edmonton’s defence is tough but the O-line needs to be better.

– What’s with all of the early game fumbles by the Riders? They have put the ball on the ground three times thus far but have gotten it back all three times. Early season fumble-itus was a concern at the start of 2014 as well. Ask Anthony Allen!

– Jamel Richardson appears to be a nice reliable target for Darian Durant. The two seem to have some nice chemistry. It should be noted that Richardson was playing in the spot normally inhabited by Weston Dressler.

– Full marks to Fort McMurray for the construction of the Shell Place Complex. The facility, not just for football, looks outstanding.

– As top notch as the facility appears it is disappointing that the 15-thousand seats only appear to be two-thirds full.

– That being said a two-thirds full stadium I’m sure would be an upgrade on a Toronto regular season crowd at Rogers Centre. The Argos have their “home opener” in Fort Mac in week one against the Eskimos.

– The Riders John Chick has just racked up his first sack of the campaign. The man is a beast! That being said did you notice that his sack came on a three-man rush from the Riders!

– The penalty flags continue to fly at an alarming rate. Yes it is the first pre-season game but there is a lot to clean up.

– On second and long the Riders have called a screen play. Some things, I guess, never change as that was a major criticism of George Cortez’s 2015 offence.

– That being said why is the team inviting pressure towards Darian Durant in a pre-season game. Yikes.

– Kevin Glenn now comes into the game to lead the Rider offence. You can see his veteran presence immediately as he has commanded the huddle just like Double-D.

– Should Tino Sunseri be worried that Glenn is getting number 2 reps?

– Taj Smith has just made a nice over the shoulder catch. Taj is going to have to come up big for the Riders in 2015. His 1000-yard 2013, was followed by a distraction-plagued 2014. First there was his injury abbreviated campaign where he suffered a broken clavicle. Secondly there is his on-going legal battle after a brawl outside of a Regina night-club that has yet to be resovled almost two-years after the incident.

– Jerome Messam is showing that he not only can carry the ball. Looks good in a protection scheme and has hauled in a couple of passes. They weren’t the smoothest receptions in the world but he got the job done. Will he be the feature back and ratio changer for the Rider offence?

– So the Riders defence is now being torched not by the Eskimos offence but by the officials. These new rules for DB’s (no contact beyond 5 yards) is incredible. If a receiver slows down and you bump into him you are at fault. If I’m a Quarterback the throw-behind pass is my new best friend.

Rider Round-Up: Training Camp Edition – Through Pictures

Well it only took me four days (due to other commitments) but I was finally able to take in Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp first-hand yesterday.

Here are some of my observations from a day at camp!

First and foremost I cannot get over the pace at which this camp is moving. Team reps were high intensity and very competitive. Head Coach Corey Chamblin’s message throughout his tenure has been to have a fast team. Well he has that as his troops pushed the paced throughout the workouts.

I’ve always loved the idea that knowledge is power. That’s exactly what the Roughriders are doing in the early stages of camp. The players and coaching staff converse regularly during drills to ensure that drills, techniques and plays are perfected.

Additionally, the Green and White have enlisted the help of local CFL official Tim Kroeker. The official, who worked last years Grey Cup in Vancouver, is on hand to help explain the new rules that are being introduced by the league this season.

Top 10 Things To Watch For At Rider Training Camp!

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to open training camp at Griffiths Stadium this weekend.

This season is going to be a very interesting one as I think the Green and White are coming into the season with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Let’s face it, prior to Darian Durant’s injury in the Banjo Bowl the Green and White were 8-and-2. They of course would finish the season 9-and-9 before bowing out to Edmonton in the West Semi-final.

As the Green and White prepare for the 2015 season here are my top ten things to watch in no particular order.

10 – Darian’s elbow. Despite all reports indicating that his surgically repaired elbow is 100% Rider nation wants to see for themselves if Darian is ready to return from his injury and lead the new Jacques Chapdelaine offence.

9 – Staying with the offence and will they buy into Chapdelaine’s scheme? The Rider offence for the most part is a veteran group and if they buy-in the sky may be the limit. Especially considering that they finished 2014 with the league’s worst passing/game offence. A number that will improve with Darian at the helm.

8 – Protecting the Quarterback! What once was the undisputed strength of the team, the Riders lost Ben Heenan and Dominic Picard in the off-season. All-star caliber players not to mention Canadian starters. Who will step up to fill their shoes?

7 – Ratio breakers. With the loss of those two starters as well as Ricky Foley and Sam Hurl the Riders are in need of National starters. Will Jerome Messam make a statement in the backfield, can Nick Demski go from first round pick to offensive starter?

6 – Giving it the boot. 2014 was a season to forget for Chris Milo. He struggled with consistency kicking field goals and his kick-offs were among the shortest in the league. Milo needs to rebound or face being replaced.

Riders Add Trio To Camp Roster

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international running back Terrance Cobb, and offensive linemen Michael Philipp and Randy Richards have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Cobb (5’11 – 220) joins the Riders after spending last season in the NFL. The Tennessee native joined the Oakland Raiders in December after attending 2014 training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he saw action in three preseason games.

Before going pro, the 25-year-old spent four seasons at Towson where he set school records with 4,414 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns.

Philipp (6’4 – 315) spent last season between the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers practice rosters. The California native had 48 career starts with Oregon State through four seasons at left tackle.