It’s official: QB Vince Young released by Riders

Vince Young’s football comeback with the Saskatchewan Roughriders ended Saturday.

Leigh Steinberg, Young’s agent, tweeted the former Texas Longhorns’ star quarterback was waived by the Riders after suffering a torn hamstring during the CFL team’s training camp. Young didn’t play in either of Saskatchewan’s two exhibition games.

The Riders confirmed Saturday evening that Young was among the 20 players they’d released.


The six-foot-five, 232-pound Young was injured June 6 and expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Young, 34, signed a two-year deal with the Riders this off-season after spending eight years in the NFL but hadn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Young was to battle CFL veteran Kevin Glenn for the starter’s job in Regina. Glenn will be under centre when Saskatchewan kicks off the regular season Thursday night against the Montreal Alouettes.

Brandon Bridge of Mississauga, Ont., will be the backup with rookie Rookie Marquise Williams standing third on the depth chart.

Young was 30-2 at Texas and in ’05 led the school to an NCAA title. He went in the first round, third overall, of the 2006 NFL draft to the Tennessee Titans and was the league’s top rookie and a Pro Bowl selection that season

Young, a 2005 Heisman Trophy finalist, started 50-of-60 career NFL games and in `09 was its comeback player and earned his second Pro Bowl nomination. But the Houston native had been out of football since 2014 when he retired after being released by the Cleveland Browns.The dual-threat pivot led Texas to 30-2 record over his three seasons as a starter, leading the school to a 41-38 victory over the USC Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which that year was the NCAA title game.

He went in the first round, third overall, in the Tennessee Titans. After starting 13 games that season, he was named NFL’s offensive rookie of the year.

Tennessee released Young in July of 2011. He had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland before being released by the Browns in May 2014. He retired the following month.

– CP


45 Comments on It’s official: QB Vince Young released by Riders

  1. horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm //

    So Jones is letting him go back to Texas to do whatever. No commitment at all. Young should want to say and learn. He has Jones wrapped around his finger it would appear. A young man deserving a spot is cut because if it.

  2. Greenland // June 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm //

    Young isn’t part of the roster so how is he taking someone’s spot?

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm //

      “Spots” don’t have to be active roster. There are PR or IR “spots” too. It speaks volumes of Jones ultimate plan

      • From the article:
        “The Riders confirmed Saturday evening that Young was among the 20 players they’d released.”
        Regardless of the timing of your post relative to that update, you were still wrong.

    • Ron Bates // June 17, 2017 at 8:37 pm //

      Right he had to have known that he needed a personal trainer in Saskatoon under Rider supervision/ if not he just didn’t read the problem constructively nor did his agent/as for the Riders well we see the results of not enough smart training/

  3. ignore the stamps trolls. soon nehneh will come on comment on rider things while claiming hes a stamps fan

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm //

      Let me ask you Mt Bacon
      Are you smelling roses in riderville right now? You think everything is good and going according to a plan?

    • Mrnehneh incognito is now Horsieland.. He was previously Stampland and probably Daryl before that. You will be able to recognize him for his Chris Jones hatred and the amount of times he posts on here, no matter which name he currently uses.

  4. Bennett deserved to be cut. He performed terribly with 3 fumbles in the first pre-season game. In the 2nd game, except for the TD he was average.

    Young can continue his rehab in Florida while he is away from Regina. I personally think he will be gone for a short time (1-2 weeks) & then either return or retire again.

    With Bennett cut & Young in Florida the Riders have done two things. Fulfilled CFL requirements for 3 QB’s on roster & given QB Williams more playing time & focus on him by the coaches who I like a lot & played really well considering he just got her in time for 1 practice. The QB situation should be a lot more settled in the next week or two.

    The Riders focus has to remain in the secondary & the QB situation as they are weakest links. The rest of the team looks very good. Saddened to see Anthony Allen cut as he just wasn’t given much time time to showcase his abilities. Perhaps, the Riders have another back they’re bring in? No matter what happens we will be a much better team this year.

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm //

      The rest of the team looks good? The O line was terrible and by extension so was the running game

      • I, meant overall! Unless, you have been following the Riders daily, as I have been. I, would guess that you haven’t? Then, you would be commenting from a position of a person who’s critiqueing minutiae without a clue of the overall performance of said groups you negatively targeted.

        The term “looks” as I put forth in my assessment implies positivity but doesn’t confirm my statement. If I had said they are a “very good” group(s) that statement would imply a definitive choice.

        Please, disseminate the posts, more carefully in the future, before responding. It’s time-wasted having to respond to unnecessary posts.

  5. Riderfan Ron // June 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm //

    This makes sense. It’s frees up a roster spot. It dampens down the media circus. He can’t practice with the team until he’s healthy anyway, and he can keep watching film down there. And it gives Vince the freedom to decide if he still really wants to do this. I for one am certainly hoping that he does. His skill set is almost perfectly suited to the CFL game.

  6. Another washed up NFL has been that couldn’t make the cut. Who cares good ridden

  7. this is a good move he wasnt going to make the rooster anyway

  8. stampland where are now you said that the riders were going to keep young wrong again and you are the guy that knows everything about football

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm //

      He wasn’t out right released. He’ll be back.He was placed on waivers but no one is going to pick him up are they?

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm //

      Who said he won’t be back? I also said Jones was in a no win situation. It was going to turn out bad no matter what.

  9. I like their choices. Bridge and Williams show promise. Goodbye Vince, thanks for everything, try the shrimp.

  10. Marty-Moose // June 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm //

    Despite the obvious name recognition and media hype- at 33- dude was always going to be a long shot to make it on any CFL roster. Hopefully Bridge will see some significant reps for the Riders in 2017. At this stage of his career, K. Glenn is a stop-gap solution at best. Thought he looked a bit shaky and tentative in his reads this week. OL didn’t give him much extra time either and I really don’t know if receivers were assignment sound either. But anyway, Glenn didn’t look particularly in sink with the offense.

    • Riderfan Ron // June 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm //

      At 33 he was always going to be a long shot to make it on any CFL roster? I take it you’re not very familiar with the league. Our starting QB, Glenn, is 38. The guy we traded away, the one who will be starting for Montreal next week, is 34. The guy who won the Grey Cup last year was 40.

  11. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm //

    I think Williams shows promise, although Bridge looked shakey, he’ll be okay. Too bad about Bennett, he’s a terrific athelete, I can’t believe Jones didn’t try him at another position.

  12. Rick cowan // June 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

    Stampland read the story he was released by the Riders what part of that don’t you understand

  13. Ron Bates // June 17, 2017 at 8:42 pm //

    There were and are many model for Young and Jones to follow ie former NFLer and 10 year 49er George Mira who studied then played his way on to the Als Levy team/ Sonny Wade a big southerner who was consistent in MOntreal/ Jerry Tagge in BC big slow but masterful winner, saw him comeback a win in Ottawa he exposed old DE and threw a last play pass in front of an angry RR crowd/

  14. I am glad they kept Williams as he has shown poise and promise considering he was only in camp for 10 days. he was the guy at n Carolina tar heels who broke all o0f darian durants records there who turned out to be a pretty good cfl qb and still is.

  15. Mr Curling thinks the Vince Young Experiment was at least as successful as the Hapless Stamps Mitchell Gale experiment in old McMahon, probably moreso, one injury away from 0-18

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm //

      Lol Mr Curling you need to leave your mansion and get some fresh air. Gale wasn’t an experiment anymore than any other player. In hind site could you argue it was a mistake for Calgary to bring Gale in? Maybe. But it’s not magnified like a high profile guy like Vince Young is

    • horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm //

      How many injuries are the riders from 0-18???

  16. Stamps are Bo Levi from 0=18 is what I meant, and Williams looks like Doug Flutie, but faster and with a more accurate arm, and we got the smartest Dickenson Brother. Plus women in Saskatchewan are better looking

  17. One week Bennett’s the guy. When he falls flat, move on to the next one who’s the guy. When Bingham had interest from the Ravens, Riderville was screaming foul – he has a contract!!! All this angst over a training camp hopeful. How long ago were we obsessing over Stoshak – seems like yesterday. Oh yes it WAS. We blow everything up way out of proportion. Reality – Williams looks like the guy carrying Bridges’ shoes who’s carrying Glenn’s shoes. No resemblance to Flutie, but he could be Jyles brother.

  18. horsieland // June 18, 2017 at 12:29 am //

    I wonder how many foolishly bought Young Jerseys

  19. Scottsask // June 18, 2017 at 12:32 am //

    I would bet some, they’ll be cheap now. Get ‘me while there still available.

  20. Hahahahaha what a joke jones has turned this organization into i

  21. OilRider // June 18, 2017 at 1:42 am //

    Not surprised to see Young go. He always was a stopgap at best.

    I was surprised to hear about Bennett getting cut though. He didn’t do great in the games, but it’s not like he was terrible either. It didn’t seem like Williams was that much more impressive. Williams has just sort of struck me as Keith Price 2.0.

    But I guess if it was a toss up between Bennett and Williams, it doesn’t make all that much of a difference anyway who the 3rd stringer is anyway

  22. Young has a torn hamstring?????? Are we to believe this????? This was an easy out for both sides, probably written into the contract? So the riders fly this guy to Toronto for an MRI?? Very suspicious his agent makes sure the world hears he has a torn hamstring to protect against him not being good enough. Just my opinion. Any one else have any thoughts on this?

    • horsieland // June 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

      Yeah Brent I’ve totally thought this. It saves face for both sides. For Young it’s saves him fron showing how bad he really is and saves Jones from showing how dumb he is for even giving this guy a shot when it was so clearly a bad idea

  23. While Horsieland has lost the plot with his post that Vince Young being cut cost a deserving young guy a roster spot, there is a point to be made in even trying to see if Young could play at the level of the CFL where the field is wider, the game faster and you have 3 downs to get 10 versus 10 down south.

    By bringing in Young maybe you missed a chance to bring in and give a serious shot to these jewels that come from the smaller known football universities.

    If you look at some of these good CFL QBs like Bo Levi, Reilly, Collaris, Jennings, Trevor Harris and others like Matt Nichols – they came up from within the CFL. That is how top CFL QBs are made with few exceptions like Doug Flutie.

  24. Oops I mean 4 downs not 10 down south lol

  25. Thanks, was just wondering if I was the only one thinking like this. I’m guessing the riders lose to Montreal by 14 it will be a different team than in BC but I’m not liking our back field.

  26. preseason football means nothing as teams are just trying new players to see if they can play. now the real football starts Thursday, so lets enjoy it and see how it all goes.

  27. Durant won’t beat the Riders going deep – he will beat them on the short pass
    Riders defensive backs will play 15 yards off the receivers giving the Montreal offence 10 yard first downs
    Riders have played this way for years.

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