The Riders signing Trent Richardson is both good and bad

After a brief delay, running back Trent Richardson is coming to Saskatchewan after all.

Just a few weeks ago, 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk reported that the former NFLer was on his way to Regina to sign with the Riders. After that, things got a little weird as Richardson decided to back off.

Either way, Richardson is now a part of Rider Nation and on paper, his signing does come at a good time. The team has been without running back Cameron Marshall for a few weeks and it’s become increasingly clear that the coaching staff doesn’t have much faith in any of the other running backs on the roster to run the ball. Over the last three games, the Riders have rushed, on average, for 70 yards a game. Over those three games, the Riders have seen their rushing yards drop from 94 to 88 to just 28 last week against Calgary. A new face was clearly needed.

Will Richardson be the guy to turn the tide and get the team back on track on the ground? That’s a question that won’t have an answer for the time being. Chris Jones announced on Tuesday that Richardson won’t play against the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday night.

The Riders don’t rely heavily on the run, but they need some semblance of balance to help out the rest of the offence. Richardson shouldn’t make matters worse.

This move might also light a fire under the other players currently on the roster. Competition is always healthy and if this gives an extra push to Kienan LaFrance, Greg Morris or Johnathan Thebaud then that’s a good thing.

While there are some positives to the signing, in the big picture, it doesn’t say good things about off-season work by Jones, John Murphy and the rest of the scouting staff. It’s not uncommon for teams to sign players in a pinch. However, that usually happens after a team suffers a rash of injuries at a given position, not after a single injury. The team should have been better prepared for an injury at running back, as it was basically a given that Marshall was likely to miss some time, given the demands of the position.

Anthony Allen, a proven CFL calibre running back was released at the end of training camp. He seems like a pretty decent backup to keep around when needed. What about the pile of running backs waiting for work down south? Surely there’s guys down there that could have competed for a job in camp that might have been a better option.

Instead, it’s another former NFL star looking for another shot and we know the success rate for these types of players in the CFL isn’t high.

As a single move, signing Richardson isn’t a big deal. Looking at the big picture, it against suggests the Riders have struggled when it comes to creating depth behind some of their starters either through their negotiation list or the draft.

Joel Gasson

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56 Comments on The Riders signing Trent Richardson is both good and bad

  1. Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm //

    Thank you Joel
    I share this sediment and have expressed it only to be called a troll. The riders lack of depth shows with these moves. In some ways they are lucky because an injury or 2 to a canadian on the oline would stretch the depth so far this team would slip to a depth we have not seen before.

    • George Porge // September 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm //

      You share the same kind of “sediment” that people find at the bottom of the Mississippi river.

    • Hey Donkey.. Its kind of funny seeing old Messam sitting this week. You guys were that scared of losing against the Riders that you had to play a hurt Messam against us eh? Actually that’s very, very funny. Scared of the Green and White!

      • Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 6:48 pm //

        If that makes you feel good RobE go with that theory

        • You know damn well that was the case. Brings him back early after a concussion(“neck injury”). Because they couldn’t afford to lose his production. Aka being scared to lose against the Riders.

          • Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 9:11 pm //

            The stamps planned on running. That was the game plan knowing it would be hard to pass against you. Messam is the starter and preferred back but it wouldn’t have mattered who we used. Calgary did exactly what the expected they’d be able to to. Obviously the riders didn’t. That’s why we are the better team

          • The thought of losing against the “lowly” Riders, just wouldn’t sit well with that organization. Would it?

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 10:27 am //

            “Brings him back early after a concussion”

            Messam has a knee injury, not a concussion. They are two very different things. One is an injury to the knee, and the other is an injury to not-the-knee.

            Messam passed the concussion protocol the day after the BC game.

          • Redly Superior // September 29, 2017 at 10:40 am //

            And we didn’t did we.. in fact we have lost to you in the blm era have We?

          • Georgie.. they say he was dealing with knee injuries all year. It doesn’t stat that the reason he is out. It could be knee, could be “neck”(head), could be anything really. Your speculation is as good as mine, until there is a report saying the EXACT reason. Nice job trying to undermine me though. 😉

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm //

            RobE – might be a shock to you, but there are other places than this here website where things like this are announced. Stampeders have been talking about Messam being out with a knee issue all week. Just because 3Down chooses not to mention that doesn’t mean the information isn’t out there for everyone to find.

            Messam has been battling a knee problem all year. He ran all game against the Riders which exacerbated that injury. He had to have his knee drained this week. All of this has been in the news since Monday.

            Messam’s neck is fine. He doesn’t have neck issues anymore. He never had a concussion. All of this has been pretty well put to rest by the team already. If I could post a URL in here without this going into 3Down’s stupid moderator limbo, I would. But for now, you can look on the Stampeders’ site and see the interviews and announcements for yourself.

            It is his knee. Has always been his knee. And has been announced to be his knee. I’m not undermining you – you’re doing that all yourself.

      • George Porge // September 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm //

        The Stampeders pretty much game-planned their offence around a 32-year-old running back who was injured and managed to attend only one full practice that week.

        Not sure how you could possibly interpret that as the Stamps being “scared”, RobE. Funny? Yes, definitely (especially the whole “injured running back rushes for 127 yards in the game” part). But not something a team would do if they were “scared” of their opponent.

        • Georgie. It was his bell that got rang. I’m sure he has bumps and bruises but nothing was stopping him physically. My point was they were sending him in early after a “neck” injury(possible concussion) because they didn’t want to lose his production. Aka being scared to lose. I’m honestly a tad bit surprised I had to actually spell this out to you. C’mon Georgie!!! You’re better than that!

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 10:30 am //

            “Georgie. It was his bell that got rang. I’m sure he has bumps and bruises but nothing was stopping him physically.”

            As I mentioned above, he never had a concussion. He passed concussion protocol the day after the BC game. There’s nothing to spell out to me, RobE. It is pretty clear that you were trying to stretch a non-story to suit your narrative. That’s your prerogative, I guess.

        • I have two responses but apparently I’m being moderated for something.. I never swore or demeaned anyone. I should just change my handle and email address like horsie lol

          • Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm //

            RobE …what would Calgary have to be afraid of?.Even with a loss little would have changed in the standings. You needed the points, not us!!!!

          • Its the simple fact that you guys didn’t want that shot at the pride. Didn’t want to give the Riders a chance to say we can beat you. Knowing you guys didn’t come out with any touchdowns that game, I’d say you guys failed in that regards. We know we can stand toe to toe and dance the big dance. Even though we didn’t win the game, it was a good measuring stick.

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm //

            That’s a pretty funny leap of logic there, RobE. The Stampeders’ goal was to not give the Riders’ the satisfaction of beating the Stampeders. And then the Stampeders made sure that the Riders didn’t get the satisfaction of beating the Stampeders. I’d call that a big check-mark on a one-item checklist, wouldn’t you?

            Scoring the only touchdown in a loss is about as much a victory as having a 13-minute time-of-possession advantage or nine additional first-downs than the other team. Except the team that had the latter two actually got the extra two points in the standings.

          • Have you guys actually watched any of these games? It doesn’t help with the untimely penalties we shot ourselves in the foot with.. and the fact that our lackthereof a running game could not keep drives going(Thanks LaFrance). A good reason why we signed TR and we are missing Marshall. Had we actually had a competent replacement for Marshall. The game could have had a different outcome.
            But I’m not using that as an excuse, we lost. But to say we were dominated is not even close to the truth.

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm //

            I watched the game, RobE, (was actually at the stadium – first time visiting. Gotta say, it was an absolutely fantastic experience and I plan to drive down with my family for next year’s match-up at Mosaic)

            I never said that the Stamps dominated that game. I don’t think anyone who knows anything about football would say that. I just said that your assertion that playing Messam in that game meant we were “scared” didn’t really make much sense. We knew you were weak in run protection and strong in pass protection and we game-planned for it. This signing shows that Chris Jones knows this as well and is doing something about it.

            I will say this – the Riders are not the Riders of last year, nor are they even the Riders of the beginning of this year. That is definitely a win for you. I’m not a Chris Jones fan at all (hate the man and think he’s stabbed more backs than anyone else in the league) but do admit that he’s a great football mind and has done well for the Riders.

          • Redly Superior // September 29, 2017 at 2:11 pm //

            You never lead.We had the ball well in excess of 10 minutes longer than you. We outscored you 5-1 (not counting the safety we conceeded). Calgary knew full well we might have troubles throwing so we adjusted to that circumstance and won easily desite how you try to analyze the score

    • No donk – referred to as a troll because you hit every Rider story (often first,like today) only to be negative and be a jacka*s. In fact you turn non Rider stories into more hate.

  2. Don Sutherland // September 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm //

    Jones still thinks depth means how tall the artificial turf is and when it should be trimmed.

  3. Dyck Rubnutz // September 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm //

    Joel, TR is 26 and was on the Riders neglist, I’m sure along with other RB’s who may be just finishing up their final year of college. Gotta remember, the neglist takes time to produce and we’re only a year and a half into the revamped neglist Jones, Murphy and O’Day have built since taking over from the gong show that Taman gave us towards the end. If you didn’t know his name he’d been in the same category as “all the college RB’s” looking for a job that you mentioned. The extreme vast majority of runningbacks/players coming out of college aren’t good enough for the pros, so why wouldn’t we take a look at this guy.

    If he works out, great. If he sucks, you cut him and move on.

    • Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm //

      Calgary is without Messam this week, his backup CANADIAN Woodsson is hurt too. The solution, P R player Williams. It’s about depth

      • George Porge // September 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm //

        Or it’s about putting an expendable target on the field so that Kyries Hebert doesn’t end the career of yet another good Canadian running back.

  4. Greenmachine // September 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm //

    Johnathon Thebaud is a Jr player so he cannot play with the riders he is just practice roster

  5. I don’t agree. LaFrance was supposed to start, but got hurt in camp, and sat out a good portion of the first half of the season. Marshall was next up, and he played himself into the starting role. When LaFrance got his chance, he hasn’t filled the shoes. In the meantime Christion Jones has looked quite good, but he too has had injury issues. How many RB’s are they supposed to carry from camp? Three is lots, otherwise you are running short elsewhere. Whole article is false news.

  6. It’s so funny, someone that lives in Regina and writes about the Riders. It sure seems like he has no idea what he’s talking about. Like Greenmachine said.. Johnathon Thebaud is a junior player. That’s a PR spot. So that leaves us two options.
    Cameron Marshall won that spot out of training camp, plain and simple. As you could tell by his play thusfar.. They had faith that Kienan LaFrance, and Greg Morris could be viable backups. Which hasn’t quite panned out unfortunately. So thus now we are searching for a backup that we won’t skip a beat with. Plus keep in mind we have 19 players on the 6 game… That’s a few short of half of the active roster. There is going to be guys brought in…It’s common sense….

  7. Horsie is a negative person and you can’t win arguments with his Donkey mind because he only hears what suits him and listens to respond with his crap thoughts…err, “opinions” in his delusional mind.

  8. It’s important to know that Gasson, and Darrell Davis for that matter, are part of what I’ll call the alt-right element in the Riders media. They have an agenda and they spin their articles. Remember Gasson’s article where he talked about “cornerstone players” and how he wasn’t sure Roosevelt was a “cornerstone” player, even though he’s been far more productive than Dressler who I’m sure Gasson did consider a “cornerstone” player? In this article he uses revisionist history and some bizarre claims to say the least. The revisionist history is in his description of our recruiting of running backs. Gasson is hoping that you have forgotten that the plan this year was to play a Canadian at RB. LaFrance was signed to be that guy and we already had Morris to back him up. But, because depth is pretty much Jones’ middle name – just look at the rest of our roster – he brought in some Americans too, just in case. I really liked Allen the first time he was with us, and was surprised that Camblin seem lukewarm on him, and I really like him in BC and was surprised when they let him go. Nonetheless I expected Allen to be our #1 American and be ready and waiting in case LaFrance faltered, so when we let him go as well I started to think there must be something else going on with him off field that is causing teams to release him. His release was certainly unexpected by me and probably by our current coaching staff as well, and LaFrance getting hurt and now struggling was also not part of the plan, but thankfully our third option, Marshall, played really well … before he got hurt. So now we’re looking for option #4. And as far as #4 options go a guy who was 3rd in the Heisman Trophy voting is a pretty good 4th option. Obviously this guy has tonnes of talent, and he is only 27, so why isn’t he still in the NFL? Reading between the lines and going from the press conference he gave a couple of days ago it sounds like a case of a young player probably having too much money and surrounding himself with the wrong people and losing his focus on the game. If he’s in shape and has learned his lessons, as he says he has, he could be something special. And as far as Gasson’s suggestion that there were better options out there, um, really? Maybe you’re thinking that Jones should be bringing in only Heisman runners-up or winners? Comments like that, or suggestions that Richardson is “washed up” at 27, are just feeble attempts to cast aspersions, and ultimately they’re just manipulative tricks used by journalists like Gasson and Davis.

    • Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 6:59 pm //

      Lol yeah it’s the evil media making the riders look bad Actually it’s your GM making your riders look bad

      • Horsie, I thought you were gone, but you’ve just changed you name, or should I say names. You’re not a very brave guy are you, always hiding behind different names? I’ll be leaving again then. As long as you’re here this is not a place I want to be.

  9. Really? This is the 4th fricking story about TR since he signed!! What’s next?? Four blogger stories about what he eats and how many times he farts afterwards and a description of the musical tone of each??! Give it rest!!

    • Redly Superior // September 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm //

      If these were positive stories you’d be purring.

      • Who needs positive stories with you around donk

      • You’ll put a negative spin on curing cancer

        • Redly Superior // September 29, 2017 at 11:55 am //

          This is not a positive story Devon. These signings make the CFL look bush league

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm //

            I don’t think so. It’s pretty obvious just by the pure economics of it that players are always going to try for the NFL first, so those who can make a big impact there are going to stay there and make the dough.

            All our teams are made up of 50% Americans, all of whom had NFL aspirations. I would hardly think that a player who actually made it into the starting lineup of a team would make the league look worse than a player who, at best, made it to a PR of some NFL team (or missed the draft completely).

  10. Most of the players that come to the cfl have some.sort of NFL experience. So what the big deal he a young man maybe he can be suceesful.here

  11. Trent can still run a 4.40 and bench press 500 pounds. He hasn’t taken the NFL punishment in a couple years and has 20 million in the bank. He is here because he loves the game and his desire to play is real. I’ve followed him since high school and college. He is a great beast of a running back. I’m from Pensacola Florida as he is and know his game pretty well. I don’t know much about the cfl but am SUPER excited about being able to see him on the field again and to learn about and bece a fan of the cfl and the Riders! One of his first plays at Cleveland he ran through a linebacker and hut him so hard the guys helmet flew twenty yards!! Game on baby!!

    • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 10:34 am //

      I wish TR all the best (except against the Stampeders), but from what I’ve read about him, he was athletic, but you wouldn’t exactly want him to be an air traffic controller or highway patrolman. He has no downfield vision whatsoever and is about as likely to feed the ball suppository-style to his own linemen as he is to actually find a running lane.

  12. We have the donkey and Georgie show going on. Just can’t help but try and take more cheap shots at the Riders, their players and fans. Seems just about right.

    • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm //

      Not all fans, RobE. Just you. Just the fans who are like Horsie in every single way, except for the colour of their jersey.

      • Awe Thank you Georgie! You finally admitted that horsie is a jerk.
        Putting me in the same boat as that sociopath is kind of harsh.. but I guess a guy has to take a win when there is one.

        • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

          What do you mean “finally”? I’ve never denied that Horsie was a jerk. In fact, I’ve often referred to him as our village idiot.

          I don’t know how or when, but somewhere along the way you seem to have gotten the notion that just because someone wears the same colour jersey as I do that I will blindly agree with everything they say and think that person is just a pile of sunshine and rainbows.

          There’s a lot more to football than the team you cheer for. I would expect most Rider fans (by far the most common fans to see wearing their team’s colours at a game not featuring their team) to understand this. Clearly, you are not like most Rider fans.

          • Finally is finally. I’ve never once seen you tell your fellow fan to try and refrain from his constant blabbering. We as Rider fans(myself included) got sick and tired of having to read our stories(and there is many of them) and have some imbecile try and tell us that our team is garbage, our GM is garbage, our coaches are garbage and our fans are garbage. Again if you aren’t a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. It would be nice to see other teams fans that are sick of these antics actually stand up to him, but there is too many scared little souls out there.

          • George Porge // September 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm //

            “I’ve never once seen you tell your fellow fan to try and refrain from his constant blabbering.”

            Well then I guess you don’t reed so gud. That’s a you problem.

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