Don’t get too excited over Riders mini-camp

Football is back. Well, kind of.

The Riders opened their annual mini-camp in Florida today but most of the team wasn’t there and important things like helmets and pads were missing, so unless you’re Chris Jones, John Murphy or Jeremy O’Day, don’t expect to actually get a whole lot out of it. That being said, it’s still good to see some on-field activities happening as it means that the real thing is getting closer and closer.

This year, all eyes will be on Vince Young as the former University of Texas and NFL quarterback takes the field for the first time in his comeback attempt with the Roughriders. Young admitted he didn’t have the best first practice but improved during the second outing.

As there always is, there’s a small group of media that has made their way south to report on the camp, as it is newsworthy and there are good stories to be told. However, any reports of how players look, should be taken with a pretty big grain of salt. Other than the quarterbacks, most of the players are new to the CFL or to the team and you can’t really judge these players until they go head-to-head with veterans at training camp in June.

These camps, while generally not that interesting for the fans, are still an important part of the process for the teams. Every year, the team will find a few players in these mini-camps that will eventually end up on the main roster. Based on the number of players that attend the camp, it doesn’t seem like much, but with how many players are already on the roster, you only need to find a couple of gems.

Mini-camp is good for the players too. For veterans like Kevin Glenn and Brandon Bridge, it allows them to knock off some of the offseason rust and begin working on any changes that have been made to the offence over the winter. The benefit for the newcomers is obvious. They get a chance to strut their stuff and learn more about the Canadian game in hopes of landing a training camp spot with another team should they not do so with the Green and White.

By all means, soak up all of the information you can from the Riders mini-camp, it’s better than no football. Just don’t expect much of it to actually matter two months from now.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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43 Comments on Don’t get too excited over Riders mini-camp

  1. Dan Bombers // April 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm //

    Love this time of year will be interesting to see how young does in the cfl game

  2. mrnehnehincognito // April 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm //

    Didn’t the riders sign 25 players today?

    • Puck Hog // April 26, 2017 at 1:29 am //

      Nice to see you’re following the Riders so closely. Another team supporter!

    • That is signed with no commitment because 3 of the 20 some have already been released today. Most players that attend any of the mini camps will be released at before the actual camp gets started.

  3. I heard 22. So after another 6 days of tryouts & 2 down, at this rate we’ll see another 66 or so invites. Add those 90 or so coming out of tryouts to an already enormous roster & training camp should be very interesting. Here I thought that year 2 Jones would be tweaking the roster but it looks like another rebuild with this year’s recruits replacing last year’s recruits. What did Durant say – biggest problem was a lack of continuity? At least 1/2 the starters on offence & defence will be new to the position – guaranteed. Enough to make me give up on the Riders.

  4. mrnehnehincognito // April 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm //

    yeah maybe it was 22.
    Another thing of note, Ginne has quit. That is now 2 QBS to leave this off season. They see the Vince Young signing as either a joke or realize the politics involved makes it impossible for him not to named starter whether he’s deserving or not.

    • Puck Hog // April 26, 2017 at 1:27 am //

      Ya, that’s it, Stampland, it’s impossible IMPOSSIBLE for Vince Young not to be named the starting QB. You’re losing it, lol!!! But that’s what your incessant obsession with the Riders is bound to do to you – gnaw away at you until you cannot function. Just sayin’ you gotta get help before it’s too late, man! What’s that? Oh, it’s too late already…….

      • Honestly Puck you hit the nail on the head, stumpland is obsessed with CJ and the Riders it is obvious that he really feels that his comments are of some importance. I decided I wouldn’t give him the time of day anymore because someone of his mentality is way below mine. If I could give advice(and I don’t think I am smarter than anyone other than stumpland)It would be it is much better to ignore him rather than give him your energy he just feeds on it in a very sick way.

    • They signed all players at the mini-camp to a contract. It won’t be a long one however, but its a contract just the same. League rules mandate that players under contract cannot practice with players not under contract, even at a mini camp. So when you have roster QB’s at camp, everyone needs to be under contract.

  5. mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 9:57 am //

    Just expressing my thoughts and opinions. Reply or don’t reply it’s really not my concern

    • Denial. Of course it’s your concern. You’ve been spewing your rhetoric for months, to the point you changed your handle because of all the flack you get for being such a Rider hater. A proud one at that. I see few if any comments that you don’t reply too so it really does concern you. The first step to recovery is to admit there is a problem.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm //

        I’ve never denied changing my handle Ladd laww. In fact I was very overt about it. I’m not hiding I’ll say what I want and you can respond how you want.

  6. Marc Lebut // April 26, 2017 at 10:09 am //

    Mini camps are used to evaluate new players, teach the O schèmes and see how the team progresses into it. Not much to read in this, but lots of guys get cut after that, while others get TC invites.

    “Veteran” Brandon Bridge? 3rd year backup who’ll be fighting for a backup spot again, a “veteran”?

  7. Annoymus from the 780 // April 26, 2017 at 1:35 pm //

    Didn’t the riders sign 25 players today?

    What a shocker Mr Know It All doesn’t know a new CFL about guys who attend tryout camps.

  8. mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm //

    Thanks for the education Anonymous from the 780

  9. Another thing of note, Ginne has quit.

    Shut up unless you know why hes no longer with the team. Hes not with the team anymore because he of a job opportunity in the states/recently married. You look rather stupid every time you comment.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm //

      Say what you want Jesse. Fact is 2 QBs have left your team since Vince Young showed. Maybe its a coincidence or maybe it’s not. My opinion on it is perfectly valid and reasonable even if it proves to be wrong

      • You really can go away at any time. It’s easy to see that you just try to get a rise saying the stupidest shit possible.

  10. mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 4:04 pm //

    It just bugs Riderfans that they can’t control the content and tone of comments on here like they can on there own site. Go on your own site and see how many stamp bashing stories there are. They are even talking about boycotting 3DN due to it’s lack of love for the Riders.
    BTW thanks for shout out whoever gave it to me on there

    • They would only boycott because of some of the idiots writing them….and you of course. No my issue is that you remind me of Donald Trump. Take it for what you will, but everyone else is having a good laugh right now and seeing what I mean. Brash with lots of hot air and NOTHING SMART OR FACTUAL.

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 11:30 pm //

        Laugh at Trump all you want, He lives in the white House

      • mrnehnehincognito // April 27, 2017 at 1:21 am //

        yeah just what I said. You can’t control the contend. Therefore in your mind they are idiot writers

  11. Scottsask // April 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm //


  12. Swampland is so clueless AKA mrnehnehincognito. Waters left because of an injury that never fully healed. Ginne left for a better paying job. You’ll have to change your name again because you look so damn stupid over and over again.

  13. Scottsask // April 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm //


  14. Cry me a river clown and a go back to your mom’s basement.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm //

      Yet another insult. Its sad when someone doesn’t feel another has a right to express opinions just because they don’t want to hear it. Its called Russia,North Korea or Riderville

  15. Scottsask // April 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm //


  16. Troll troll and troll. What a sad little soul and life.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm //

      Well Drake things will start looking up for me in June I’m sure. The red machine will roar soon!. FYI people forget most media people said it would be a rebuilding year in 2016. If that was a rebuilding year I can’t wait until June 23!!!

      • Puck Hog // April 29, 2017 at 2:21 am //

        You know we’re all pulling for you, Red. And hope you are correct when you say things will start looking up for yourself in June. You do seem to be bitter and twisted, so keep telling yourself things will get better. BTW, what is happening in June – is your mom going to get you cable tv?

  17. Facts Are Facts // April 26, 2017 at 9:54 pm //

    Big Red Machine? Lol Congrats on winning the regular season title since Calgary always chokes in the playoffs. Looks good on there loudmouth players.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm //

      Well we don’t always choke in playoffs. We do have nearly double the tiles you do. 🙂
      FYI Calgary didn’t choke, RB’s were just better that day plain and simple. Don’t forget Calgary nearly won at the end after a huge 4th quarter comeback. That’s not choking, that’s losing a close competitive championship game which is they way it should be.
      No my friend, choking is blowing a 27-11 lead in Grey Cup with 7 minutes left in 4th and losing on final play after your players/coaching staff were so rattled they couldn’t get the right personnel on field.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 27, 2017 at 12:08 am //

      better to be loud in the mouth than loud in moral misconduct

  18. Scottsask // April 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm //

    Is his team red, I thought they were dark pink. Snicker.

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