Chad Owens set for Riders debut, but he’ll be a healthy scratch

Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones targeted Chad Owens in free agency, but he’ll be a healthy scratch on Friday night.

The 35-year-old had been dealing with lingering effects from a broken foot suffered last season while playing for the Ticats, but Owens is healthy now.

He caught 58 passes for 808 yards and five touchdowns with Hamilton in 2016. Owens has played eight seasons in the CFL, six of those with the Argos. His career numbers are Hall-of-Fame worthy, including a 2012 season that saw him set a league record for all-purpose yards and earn the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award.

Jones wanted Owens for his return abilities, he’s amassed 365 punt returns for 4,027 yards (11-yard average) and six touchdowns plus another 5,479 yards on kick-off returns and 803 yards on missed field goals and three majors.

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42 Comments on Chad Owens set for Riders debut, but he’ll be a healthy scratch

  1. Throw Chad in the mix and see how he fares. His injury has to be completely healed by now. Might be the spark needed. Get a motivated body out there running around, doing what he does best. Just in time for the playoffs.

  2. Little doubt, Owens’ influence extends beyond the gridiron. A true pro, class individual who made some great snags last season. Hope there’s still some left in the tank.

  3. As long as they beat ottawa idc what owens does lol

  4. owens is old and useless by now, sask why do you want this garbage 😀

    • Solara2000 // October 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm //

      What kind of disrespectful comment is this?

    • Tiger man // October 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

      I was skeptical when Owens came to Hamilton.

      He convinced me with his play that he was a solid signing.

      You guys in Regina should know what garbage is having watched a LOT of it over the years since your cheating in 2013.

      • Tiger Man STFU. You’ve seen equally as much garbage over the years. Your team f*cking stinks this season too pal, so you have no place bashing any team.

        • Tiger man // October 13, 2017 at 9:51 am //

          We didn’t violate rules to win a cup…you know cheating like the riders ALWAYS have….and have gotten worse since Chris Jones arrived..

          rider fans ..like their team…no class…

          need to talk like a punk to make your point?? perhaps you could put on some big boy pants and try to act like an adult…

      • theonlydispassionateriderfan // October 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm //

        You’re right. They exceeded the cap by 0.4% of the total cap or less that 1/3 of a rookies salary.

        That must’ve been the exact reason why they led the 31-6 at the half in the GC that year.

        • greenrider89 // October 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm //

          Thanks, dispassionate one. I believe the salary cap the green and white exceeded was no more than $18,000, or even less. Wow, I’ve heard it all from envious ones. I guess we’re extremely fortunate to have such great fans compared to other cities. Go, Riders!!!

          • And you’ve been doing this for a number of years…

            “The league fined the Roughriders $60,000 and deducted in excess of $26,000 off the team’s $5.1-million salary cap in 2016 after determining Saskatchewan was guilty of roster violations.”

            “It’s been seven years since the CFL doffed its fiscal hard hat, and the banjo pickers are the only ones who consistently turn it sideways.

            Four times in those seven seasons, Saskatchewan has overspent.”

            I’ll say one thing…your team is consistent….at cheating…

      • Well aren’t you a special kind of idiot you dumb [email protected]#k

        • Tiger man // October 13, 2017 at 9:55 am //

          Another one that can’t communicate like a grown up…

          This must be a condition amongst you regina people…

      • That comment was meant for tigerman

      • Hey Tiger man, don’t be a little pantie and throw digs out and then go back into hiding like a coward. You guys sure are playing greeeeaaaat this year eh? Art Briles what?

      • greenrider89 // October 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm //

        Please inform all of us how we cheated? I’m eagerly awaiting your reply, or is talk really that cheap?

        • Tiger man // October 13, 2017 at 9:53 am //

          If you read or watch the news you should be well aware…but then again…you are from regina…

        • Me thinks the tiger man has donkey overtones……might be his cousins,sisters, uncles, brother ?

  5. He had 800 yards in 12 games last year, which projects to a 1200 yard season.

    It’ll be good to get Owens some playing time so we can evaluate him for next year. For some reason Ricky Collins didn’t work out in Hamilton, but I’d take him back in a heartbeat, if we have the room. Next year it might be a choice between Owens and Collins.

  6. How can Owens be ready to play & be a healthy scratch?
    Most readers could be ready & also be a healthy scratch. It would be reality simple for home & away games!

  7. South-west cowboy // October 12, 2017 at 3:11 pm //

    Sometimes Jones the coach and Jones the GM don’t agree.

  8. Simply no spot for him right now. Christion Jones is a better returner and he is not even close to starting as a receiver. Just better players ahead of him (Holly, Grant, Carter, Roosevelt).

  9. Owens will not see the field this year and will be released in the off season.

  10. Billinburlington // October 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm //

    Met Mr Owens at a promo event at the Grey Cup last year- a very classy guy. He took time to talk with us sign autographs and pics. Disappointed he didn’t stay in Hamilton.

  11. He’s basically been an on field coach this year. He’s always on the sideline talking to the young receivers and returner. This contribution can’t be overlooked. The only way he plays is if someone gets hurt for an extended period. Until then keep coaching ‘me up Chad!

    • Although Jones says he “won’t play” I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out a few times – and the crowd will eat it up !!!

      • I don’t think he will be suiting up. He’s going to be a healthy scratch with JSJ.

        • Well sh*t…..thought if he was on the depth chart he would dress?

          • Nope, 46 man game day roster with 2 scratches. Putting us to 44. Its usually JSJ and Marquis Williams. But since Williams is on the 6 game, i’m thinking that spot is going to Owens.

          • Guess my desire to see him play outweighed my rational thought process Rob. Would have been the perfect debut tonight at home.

          • I agree man, I really do. But at the moment. There just isn’t a spot for him. Christion Jones has taken the returner role and ran with it(literally) and we are so deep at Receiver, another spot that doesn’t have an opening. I have always like CO2, but right now that injury bit him in the ass roster wise.

          • True story Rob. Jones has been a spark at return we haven’t seen in some time. Hope Richardson finds some room to roam tonight too.

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