Riders draft leaves plenty of questions

Overall, it seems Chris Jones didn’t change his overall approach to the draft his second go around.

A year ago, Jones made some safe picks but also took some risks by taking some guys who were likely headed to the NFL for a few years.

This year, Jones had similar ideas when he took linebacker Cameron Judge and offensive lineman Dariusz Bladek in the first and second rounds respectively as both should be able to help right away. Judge is someone who should be able to contribute on special teams off the bat. There are some questions surrounding where he might fit defensively in the future, but for the time being, he’s a guy that can add depth behind Henoc Muamba. Bladek is an easy pick as the Riders badly need some Canadian depth along the offensive line. The retirement of Chris Best left them with a hole to fill. Even if Bladek was out of football last year, he could be in the mix as, at least a backup come June.

Through two rounds, it’s hard to fault the picks Jones made but after that, things got a little weird. Without a pick in the third round because of last year’s supplemental draft, Jones went with offensive lineman Eddie Meredith. On paper, nothing wrong with taking another lineman. The problem? His status seems pretty unclear. According to 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, Meredith retired from football and even said on the post-draft 3DownNation Podcast that Meredith is down to 225 pounds. According to the Riders official reporter, Ian Hamilton, Jones said that Meredith is interested in returning to football. If that is the case, there’s a long road ahead of the former Boston College Eagle. Considering Meredith didn’t appear to be on any other teams radar, he probably could have been selected later or even signed as an undrafted free agent. That said, at 6’6″ and should his 315 pounds return, then this pick makes all of the sense in the world.

On it’s own, taking a risk on one player isn’t too big of a deal. However, like last year, Jones decided to take a flyer on a guy who is headed to the NFL for the time being when he selected tight end Anthony Auclair. Auclair signed a deal with Tampa Bay recently and thanks to some upfront money, he’ll be there for at least a year. Taking players like Auclair isn’t that big of deal for a team with plenty of Canadian depth, the thing is the Riders need all of the depth they can get right now. Jones has his seven starters, but the ranks behind those guys need an upgrade, taking players who will be at training camp in June would go along way to help.

Mitchell Picton, Alex Chevrier, Danny Sprukulis, Emmanuel Adusei and Marc Glaude seems like decent picks but it’s hard to say what kind of impact they’ll have on the team, if they even make it, as the CFL draft can be one of the biggest crapshoots in sports.

This draft could turn out to be a good one for the green and white, but plenty of things will have to go their way for that to happen. If not, then the team will continue to struggle with Canadian depth.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based writer and broadcaster who has spent the last five years experiencing (and covering) Riderville.
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103 Comments on Riders draft leaves plenty of questions

  1. Curfed // May 9, 2017 at 1:27 pm //

    Nothing unusual about this year as opposed to any other year,some guys who will be at training camp and some who you take a long shot bet on. I remember Shomari Williams being a first overall sure thing, but where did that end up. You roll the dice the best you can and maybe an Eddie Meredith turns out great and you,look like a genius. We just have to see how it all plays out like every other team.

  2. mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 1:33 pm //

    Like a mosquito and a bug zapper on a hot Saskatchewan summer night; Chris Jones cannot help himself around a bright, shiny, flashing object and he’s about to get burned. Anthony Auclair was that one sexy pick of this draft. Of course it would be Chris Jones that selects him. 2 years (if ever) is the soonest he will appear in green and he would take a full year to adjust to a non TE position once he did. That’s 3 years. Riders need help today. Whether it high profile but socially precarious Duron Carter or big name but past prime Chad Owens or plan C QB Vince Young or potentially plans A & B QBs Michael Vick and Johnny Manziel, Chris Jones has developed a bad habit and it has blinded him to pragmatic and responsible decision making.
    In theory I like the O-Line depth Jones, Bladik is a solid pick and Jones should be thanking his lucking stars he was still around at 11.
    Judge is a great athlete that would be a solid special teams player however; he’s a nomad when it comes to a position. Middle, weak side LB or safety are all possible so he maybe a versatile jack of all trades but a master of none type of player. He also has a date with the NFL next week so he may never show up in green either.
    Meredith quit football last year and then got so sick he lost 85 lbs. Given his lack of commitment to football and the fact he would need to add 85 lbs, much of that probably muscle, it seems unlikely he will ever be anything close to a pro football player. Total head scratcher of a pick!
    Basically 3 of Jones’s first 4 picks are big questions in terms of their CFL futures. This is a team very thin on Canadian Talent and depth. They need players who will help immediately not several years from now or never.

    • Ladd Law // May 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

      Riders are the light, you are the moth. So it seems. No way to say how any of this goes. Right now, I believe the Riders are much improved and will be a contender this year. Just like I believe the Stumps toilet and miss the playoffs. I believe it, so it must be true.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm //

        Ladd Law you are free to think and believe what you want. The difference is my beliefs are based on real indicators of how the off season has unfolded. Stamps have done what they always do and they are usually successful and Chris Jones and the riders are doing what they did last year which resulted in a 5-13 record. I’m sure once expert predictions start coming out more will be in line with me than you 🙂 Chin you Ladd Law 🙂

    • Uh, thanks for your input there mr draft guy genious…but I regret to inform you that your services are no longer required. Signed: Every-frickin-body.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm //

        Thanks Rowdy. Enjoy the rest of your day.
        I’m sorry you don’t like to hear opinions that aren’t to your liking but that’s life my friend

    • mrnehnehincognito, good to see you are still dealing in your Trump style facts. He was sick and thats why he lost weight and dropped more like 50 lbs Mr. Trump. He tested near the top of his position and the weight & strength are already back. Now he’s determined to show what he can do. Can’t wait to throw this in your face, but I’m sure you’ll deny and deflect.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 11:57 pm //

        We’ll see what happens Kevin
        As I’ve said all along once all my off season predictions start to come fruition I will absolutely admit when I’m wrong.

  3. Mr Curling // May 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm //

    So Ottawa has another solid draft while Saskatchewans draft leaves plenty of questions? Just to let everyone know the CFL draft is a huge crapshoot for everyone, just look at how many canadians actually stick in the CFL. We’ll know in a couple or 5 years how each team did, just stop the eastern bias please

    • Judge Jones // May 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

      True enough, the draft has always been a crap shoot but many of the managers try to make choices that will negate that. Jones seems to be a master at making sure the stigma remains.

    • Judge Jones // May 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm //

      True enough, the draft has always been a crap shoot but many of the managers try to make choices that will negate that.

  4. Jones’ 1st 2 picks don’t look too bad but it’s unlikely either will start next year, which is good – give them time to develop. But it’s a crapshoot. St. John was 1st overall though some rightfully said he was overrated. Yes, he was with a big school (Oklahoma) but started 4 games, was sat down & never regained his starting spot. While St. John struggled, 3 of his OL classmates were rookie of the year nominees in the East & I can name a couple of others from last year’s draft further in their development than Mr. St. John. Auclair in the 3rd round is not going to help us now & Meredith is probably on nobody’s list for a reason, unless we buy the prevailing thought among many Rider fans that Jones somehow knows better than anyone else. Jones LOVES projects & keeps coming up with individual projects while ignoring the big one – the RIDERS. Jones has already says what he likes about Judge, other than being great on special teams, is he can be used in multiple positions. I hope he means @ any of the LB spots but I fear he sees converting him to a DB or maybe he can compete on OL along with Meredith, should he actually be 225.

    • Hey EW … do you really think it’s Eastern bias when the column is written by a Regina based writer and broadcaster? Surly if the guy lives there he can’t be pro east!

  5. argooooooos! // May 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm //

    3downnation continues to make themselves look foolish. Meredith isn’t 225 ( although he was when sick after returning from South America), he’s back near his playing weight…. Check your facts for crying out loud – using false information from other false reports makes all of you look bad.

  6. The Auclair pick is the one that makes no sense. Most media in the CFL said this guy just doesn’t fit in for the CFL. He’s more a TE in the NFL. So at best all he could ever be is a ST player that you have to wait 2 years for

  7. Joel Gasson is right to question some of the later picks of the Roughriders, but realistically after the first few rounds of a CFL draft, most Canadian born/citizens usually find themselves as backups to fill a CFL roster. Personally, I don’t have a problem if the offensive lineman Eddie Meredith, as mentioned, or Antony Auclair take a few years to come around and have a career as a Saskatchewan Roughrider. In addition, both players carry a considerable amount of upside for the team to take a chance on them and hopefully feature a solid starter down the road. Secondly, a CFL roster is composed of a minimum of seven Canadian starters on offence and defence but must fill a game-day roster of at least 21 nationals on a 46-man roster. When one looks at the Riders’ current roster, the team added through free agency three starters: Marc Olivier-Brouillette from Montreal, along with former Eskimo Eddie Steele and Kienan LaFrance from Ottawa. This doesn’t include the Canadian duo of Rob Bagg and Nic Demski at one slotback position. Nor does it include Canadian o-line starters Clark, LaBatte and St.John; Henoc Muamba at linebacker or special teams players Crapigna and Bartel. All told, the team’s roster could potentially feature 10 Canadian starters providing no one gets hurt along with the realization that seven Canadians must start each-and-every game. Thirdly, I really thought highly from the information passed on by several analysts how ‘smart’ the Riders were with the selection of starter-ready Dariusz Bladek in the second round, and that Cameron Judge was one of the most athletically-gifted players in this year’s draft. I think this unit of new Rider hopeful’s carries a lot of potential and that we do have a considerable amount of Canadian depth to back up the current starters which has filled out considerably in the past year. I guess (Yawn) it’s just one of those feature stories to bring a rise out of Rider Nation again (Yawn), (Yawn). Obviously, this is one person’s view of the draft along with a few other observations listed below. Kudos to the Rider brass for doing an excellent and thorough job in this year’s CFL draft.

  8. Joel, I enjoy reading your stories but do question some of your thoughts???

  9. Taylor // May 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm //

    You know what i was just thinking? This website should be renamed because 80% of the articles on here are about the Riders!

  10. Solid draft for the Riders. The Stamps had the worst draft IMO. Seriously what was Huff and the gang thinking? Yikes! He’s surely on his way out.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm //

      Shaun Please elaborate. Words mean nothing if you can’t back them up

  11. Mr Curling // May 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm //

    Shaun if you want to rile up Stampland just mention Joffrey Reynolds was not that good. But seriously, If Gaydosh and Dillon Guy recover from injuries that kept them out last year and if even 1 of our O line prospects work out we could dramatically improve our Canadian content. Now we need a quarterback

  12. ya it sounds like 3rdownnation does not like the riders just like stampland just read a report that meradith is backup to 315 pounds

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm //

      If he is back to his playing weight I stand corrected but that still doesn’t mean he’ll have the same strength and athletic ability he had before,,and theres still the issue as to why he quit football last year.

      • It’s only an issue to you. Its his own business mrnoseinridersbusiness.

        • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm //

          mmmm pretty sure many people have pondered that too Rowdy :). Is that not something you wonder about? A player just quitting?

          • It could be alot of things. Personal issues, other professional opportunities, etc. Really, it is nothing for you to lose sleep over. Why dont you scutinize and analyze the Stampeder draft selections as they are your team? Or the Eskimos draft – aren’t they the Stamps’ natural rivalry? Surely you can find something there to occupy your time. You spend waaaaay too much time hating on the Riders.

  13. mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm //

    Rowdy when an article comes up regarding the stamps picks believe me I will be commenting. I have a few issues with it too

    • I, for one, look forward to seeing your comments on that. But watch out you may get struck by lightning for being critical of your beloved Stamps. Blasphemy!

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm //

        Stay tuned!

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm //

        I’ll give you a small preview. When they did the live shots in the stamps war room I thought they should have had a fruit bowl on the middle of the table instead of a water jug . lol JJ

  14. mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm //

    So Rowdy. If you were John Murphy you wouldn’t be wanting a pretty justifiable reason as to why he quit football? It’s not even a red flag for you?

    • Maybe John Murphy knows why and he just hasn’t found a reason why he needs to tell you, or anybody else, about it. Maybe its between him and the Riders. Again, WHY. DO. YOU. CARE.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 7:03 pm //

        Maybe Rowdy..of course if we look back to last year we see this group doesn’t necessarily make great draft choices.

        • Okay – whatever you say.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm //

            look at St John….wouldn’t even sign last year. He still isn’t at the weight goal set out for him after last season. Looks like he’ll be a 2nd stringer at best

  15. Phil Miller // May 9, 2017 at 6:58 pm //

    Meredith down to 225lbs. Please find yourself another source. He is at 300lbs and showed similar strength to Bladek recently in conditioning tests. Come on 3rd Down Nation. You are loosing a lot of credibility lately.

    • Riders13 // May 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm //

      There’s a great article by Ian Hamilton about Meredith on the Riders site at riderville.com. Anyone suggesting Murphy, Jones or the Riders didn’t do their due diligence before drafting Meredith is blowing smoke or just plain ignorant of the facts. I see the little chihuahua is still yapping.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm //

        So why is Ian Hamilton’s report any more reliable than what is written on 3Downnation? Other than it’s easier on your ears?

        • Pwnzorelli // May 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm //

          At the very least, it has more recent information regarding the health of Eddie Meredith – it might also explain why he wasn’t on any other teams radars. I’m no fan of the Regina media but at least they had the brains to ask about Eddie instead of spewing bs about his health and will to play the damn game. Geez, even making contact with Meredith over twitter regarding his weight/health – at the very least, get your “facts” straight.

  16. mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm //

    To those stating Meredith is at the 300lbs. Who says your source is anymore reliable than the contrary info of 3downnation.

    • I still say you are a little sh*t disturber looking to rile people up, especially the fine people who call the Riders their team. People who do not attack YOUR team like you do theirs. Thats a no-class act – truly certifiable! You need to show respect here – and this is not the first time someone has told you this. So, you have a fine night sir – adios!

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm //

        It’s a question that warrants an answer. Nothing more nothing less

      • Ladd Law // May 10, 2017 at 3:41 pm //

        Save your breath. Dense and disturb are good analogies. The Riders will surprise everyone this year. It takes time to turn a large ship, and after Jones pull the rudder last year, causing a few large ripples, the players he knows can win are lining up and the Riders will be a much better team this year. That said, I expect the Stumps to plummet and hit the floor face first.

    • How about his own mouth as a source? He said he got sick while traveling in South America that he got from something he ate. This decimated him and lost the weight which led to him being out of football. He says he is back to his playing weight. Just have to look around and you will find the right source. But if course this wont be good enough for ya…you will have something to say to the contrary as mrhatersgonnahate is never wrong.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm //

        If I’m wrong on this I’m wrong. I’ll always admit when I’m proven wrong.

  17. Riders were the only team to work out Meredith and they were salivating. O’day said”we could have waited to the end of the draft but after the workout we couldn’t help ourselves” so perhaps a first rounder for free. He “quit football” because of a parasite he picked up on vacation in South America that caused the weight loss. The muscle mass will come back easily because the muscle cells don’t disappear. they shrink. As for the flac on Auclair because he’s got a tryout? What about Senior or Gray? they were both drafted and no one is complaining, fact is after about 20 picks you are in slot machine odds territory, so take a chance. Mr Curling can sense the haters worrying,He’s getting very excited

  18. why waste your time or breath…it doesnt matter what the true info is Stampland is right you are all wrong….so he likes to think

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm //

      I always have said If I’m proven wrong I will always admit it.

  19. I don’t mind stampland and I’m a rider fan. The reason he’s always on the riders case is 3down rights 80% about the riders. We are possible in rough shape on the o line this is true. We may possibly not see our first two picks for awhile also true. We drafted a guy who’s been out of football for a year true again. And hounestly going off of last years records right now the stamps and prettie much every other team is better than us until proven otherwise. This year will tell a new story and hopefully it’s better than last year. But stampland would have to admit that if nothing else we do have the leagues best stadium. For what that’s worth I don’t know. Thanks for all your truth stampland and yes it does hurt but it is what it is.

  20. mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm //

    lol Yes I will agree you have the nicest stadium. Best team facility too. The facility is as nice as any in the NFL I’m sure albeit on a smaller scale

  21. No true Riders fan cares what this Stamps guy says. He sounds like a petulant little boy anyway. Move on from responding to him I say and it’s amazing he isn’t banned from here.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm //

      Shaun
      I get tired of saying this but feel it’s once again needed.
      I’m sorry you won’t use this site for what it’s supposed to be used for. Again I express an opinion which is reasonable based on the current actions and past events. If what I say isn’t reasonable and is way out of line tell me where? Point it out rather than just spewing venom at me.
      I don’t throw out personal insults and never make egregious comments.

  22. Shaun, I never said I care about what he said. but he’s not far off in the things he says either. What does being a true rider fan have to do with being realistic in the things that are talked about. Is this some kind of rider cult! God people grow up! What’s the difference from going 5 /13 or 16/2? And losing in the grey cup? I’ll tell you, it’s 11 wins and a broken heart. There is that rider enough for you? Good grief people the stamps right now are better than us on paper. Should we all just throw in the towel and cry? By the way not a fan? I’ve been buying rider swag way before it was the thing to do. You were garaunteed to be heckled when I was buying it. Anyway here we are and it’s awesome!

  23. Wayne, I never said anything about an Eastern bias. Not sure where you got that idea. If Meredith is a 1st rounder why does Jones take him @ 32, AFTER Auclair who won’t be here this year, if at all? We need IMMEDIATE help & that was the problem last year with the draft. What’s left? St. John who’s not ready even now & Stanford who didn’t help either. As for Jones saying they got the top 2 guys on their board, this is what Landry of CFL said on TSN today. If you speak to any GM they all got exactly the guys they wanted. They all won the draft. That guy we got in the 7th round, we couldn’t believe he was still there – we had him right up there in our top 10 yadda yadda yadda. Final CFL rankings – Bladek #10. Jones got him @ #11. Crazy lucky cause he’s so good? More like he went where he was supposed to go. Jones may have rated him #1 on his board but consensus was he’s not that guy. He’s, like Josh says, a good depth guy at this time. What do you expect Jones to say about Meredith. Everyone out there is an idiot & look at me – how great am I. These guys have all been scouted & followed. I’m sure the other teams know who Meredith is. Just because no one took Augustine doesn’t mean they don’t know the guy. Likely he will be signed as a FA. I agree with Josh on this – the 1st 2 are good picks, the next 2 not so much. If Bladek is so good & Meredith rates top 20, why 4 OL guys selected when we have so many holes elsewhere?

  24. Mr Curling feels like a genius next to EW// he must not watch football, Jones was not my favorite but I’m beginning to see the light, I think I’ll give him a little rope to see how training camp goes, & I’ll have the bathroom scale out to weigh Eddie Meredith!

  25. Antlerman // May 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm //

    I think Jones and staff did a fine job but how does anybody know until a few years pass.And Stampy your weird stalker still

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 11:41 pm //

      unfortunately the riders don’t have a few years. They needed guys to help now even if it’s special teams. They failed to do that.

    • Judge Jones // May 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm //

      Why do we keep hearing Jones just loves “Projects”? The other eight teams don’t seem to think these don’t win you football games but Jones must. My reasoning does not make sense here. Wasn’t he 5-13 last year with his draft of projects? Colour me confused.

  26. Mr Curling loved Eddie’s interview on Riderville, uh guess everyone has egg on their face, welcome to our Right tackle for the next 10 years for free because nobody had the gumption to do their homework. Mr Curling rightfully feels superior to all Hamiltonions, yeah me

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 11:39 pm //

      Because he said the right things in an interview you think he’s a shoe in to be a 10 year star?
      If Jones had done his homework last year he’s have Mike Singleton and maybe Randy Colling this year

    • ,,Patience // May 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm //

      But you are the only one in your fan club, Mr Curling. You make no sense. EW does make sense.

  27. mrnehnehincognito // May 9, 2017 at 11:30 pm //

    So 2 people in this article have said Huff is on the way out 1 on speculation based on the draft and one on supposed fact over stadium issues. I ask for further explanation and the response is silence.

    How is it I’m the one who spreads hate and misinformation ? I never make outrageous claims like this.

  28. no, he did the right thing in a workout that no one else held putting him top three after 2 months working out when you and all others thought he was a 220 pound retiree!!! Mr Curling can’t help but delight!!! and we will welcome JJ Barnagel into the plaza immediately on Huffs retirement/dismissal

  29. Mr Curling, anyone who refers to himself in the 3rd person continually better be a genius. I suspect you know something about Briers or hair salons but what do YOU know about football? Eddie gives a good interview – quelle surprise!! I’m sold now that I’ve heard from “Eddie”.

  30. All on here have seen Mr Curlings prowess in Law, molecular Biology, Philosophy, Anatomy and Biophysics. Genius?? a relative term, not sure Mr Curling needs it or wants the stigma. As for football, Mr Curling is light years ahead of the bumblers on this sight, want proof? re-read his posts

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 12:12 am //

      Mr Curling how are you ever going to get your limo to the new Stadium? There will be no way to turn it around. I must be nice to have everyone throw confetti at you everywhere you go

  31. you are correct Mrnehnehincognito, The Limo will have to stay in the garage, likely have to Uber to the games as the bus is beneath Mr Curling and he’s heard can be quite violent

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 12:26 am //

      yes but even UBER is below you. I suggest a pure gold horse pulled carriage but much nicer than the Queens.

  32. mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 12:23 am //

    If you look on another popular but far less democratic CFL rooted site there is a comment on Bo Levi getting his own show on the FAN station. Comments are everything from jealously to pure uneducated backward thinking ignorance.
    Again who are the real trollers? These are the reasons there is such animosity sometimes.

  33. Riders need a better QB than Bo Levi, let me explain, he is the perfect QB for Calgary, who has all the pieces. Riders do not, we need more of a Reilly because our QB is going to have to improvise more than a little, Bo Levi would be average at best in our current schemes

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 1:53 am //

      I agree partly with what you say. In fact all QBs would be “average” in your current “scheme”

  34. EW needs to make a public apology, Mr Curling, does EW. EW should recognize when she is in the presence of greatness. Is there room for Stampland & me in the limo? I will park the Omni. A Rusty Nail for me, please. And for you, Mssr Stampland?

  35. Mr Curling’s limo has room for everyone on this site for sure, as a 50 year season ticket holder you’d think he had some privileges built up but sadly Reynolds is not that way he’s a bean counter only and free limo parking is not an option, he is the one who is on the block, before Jones

  36. You must get a new driver. Ew thinks he can drop you off & pick you up. What good is a limo without service befitting your stature thinks EW. Heads will roll. Good night.

  37. Scottsask // May 10, 2017 at 1:19 am //

    Mr Curling for Commissioner!

  38. Antlerman // May 10, 2017 at 5:39 am //

    The Riders did a s good as any team as no one really know how these draft picks will turn out in the future,

  39. Pwnzorelli // May 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm //

    Not enough praise being handed out to the biggest winners of the draft… Ottawa and Montreal for completing their due diligence pre-draft and ensuring all of their picks are alive!! I love this league!! 😉

  40. Joel Gasson can you please know the facts before you write such garbage. They flew Meredith into regina before the draft and worked him out. All his numbers matched other olines in the class and his weight was back up to a normal playing weight. If he did not get sick and have to take a year off he would of been one of the top olines. Your ignorance is very annoying. This site needs to get rid of you now if they want any credibility.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm //

      Who says his numbers matched that of players at the combine? Chris Jones and the Saskatchewan Roughriders?
      Do you think no one else knew of this guy? Of course they did and I doubt 8 other GM’s were just too dumb to realize this guy could be a player

      • they wouldn’t of drafted him if he couldn’t play. They flew him into regina and worked him out right in front of their eyes. Very well could be the steal of the draft. Anyone with a brain would see the potential in this team this year and appreciate what jones has done.

        • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 10:24 pm //

          They have potential yes. As do all teams. Their biggest problems however are huge. Lack of proven QB and Canadian depth

        • mrnehnehincognito // May 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm //

          they wouldn’t of drafted him if he couldn’t play
          I believe Chris Jones would draft him with sub par results. Jones whats to take chances on guys in hopes they might be that 1 in a million that will work out. That way he can show to the world his amazing ability to recruit and coach players as he searches of his ultimate job and leaves the riders high and dry.

  41. Scottsask // May 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm //

    and what information do you have that can prove anything else?

  42. Wouldn’t have drafted him if he couldn’t play? Who from last year’s draft on the Riders is a starter? No one. Only St. John & Stanford remain & neither 1 of them “could play”. So Merideth is automatic, the “steal” of the draft? Why wait till the 4th round to draft him? Why pick him behind Auclair who is staying in the NFL this year when we need guys who CAN play. As far as potential, only 1 starting QB in the CFL is being paid backup money – Glenn. That tells you all you need to know about what Jones has done when he himself has little confidence in his QB – without a bona fide starter @ the most important position on the field, things don’t look good. As Rider followers, we have every right to be upset.

  43. Kevin Glenn wont lose us any games. He will have so many targets i think our offence could be very exciting. Our recievers are stacked. Rooselvelt, Carter, Grant, Owens, Collins, Holley, Bagg, Demski. Jones could of went after Franklin but that probably would of costed rooselvelt. I doubt anyone would be very happy over that. Dennis will be a huge help at LT as well Labatte back and healthy (hopefully). I just think everyone needs to relax and let them do there thing. Last year looked worse than it was too, our o line was basically the thunders oline have the year. go riders

  44. Canadian depth is still a issue yes but it is a lot better than it was at the end of last season and thats all we can ask for.

  45. Last year Glenn had Green, Carter, Stafford, Lewis, Cunnungham & Giguere – hardly any difference. Green & Roosevelt both got injured, equally talented when healthy – Riders &Als each won 1 game with them in lineup. Lewis & Owens same age, equal yds / game receiving. Grant & Stafford both good for about 600 yds/game. Newbies Collins or Holley (only 1 can be in lineup at a time) have similar stats to Cunningham. Bagg & Giguere very similar. So 2017 Rider receivers are much like 2016 Als. Glenn is the same QB & of Als 7 wins, 4 came after Glenn left. Als had better defence, 2nd least points allowed so gave Als much better chance to win. So Glenn & our receivers no guarantee for success. Facts guys.

    • Jones has done a great job cleaning up Tamans mess. You obviously are to ignorant to see how much the team improved thru out the season last year. Jefferson and Muamba are gonna be huge to have all year on D, just relax everyone and let the football people do their thing. They will make the playoffs this year

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

        This team just air lifts players in.They have for years even prior to Jones. They throw money around and hopes it leads to a title. Occasionally it does. They also end up having to purge for their over spending.. Compare that to Calgary or BC…

  46. Is Glenn better than Durant? Last time here Glenn was traded with the team 0-9. He won 3 games in Mtl before sent packing. Yes, Trevor, Muamba’s great but Foster & Knox who play on either side of him were the leading tacklers on the team. We no longer have 4 of the 5 leading tacklers on defence – check the facts. All gone. Our Rookie of the Year last year – gone. Steele averaged nearly 6 yards per carry – gone. McKnight – tragically gone. Our replacement played in Ottawa only when Powell, Van & Madu got injured. Chris Best on OL – gone. LaBatte – coming off a concussion – who knows how long he’ll last. We will have a lot of new players. How many players last year did Murphy & Jones discover? How many FA’s he signed were discarded for nothing & played well, even starred for other teams? I would really like to share your enthusiasm but, yes, we improved at the end of last year but we will have at least half the starters from that “improved” team no longer here this year. And, if you pay attention to the other teams in the West, they improved too & won’t need to train quite so many brand new players. For the Riders’ sake I hope you’re right. I don’t buy it.

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