The Ottawa Redblacks match up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders is hardly a traditional CFL rivalry but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a little beef – especially within Duron Carter.
Redblacks defensive back Antoine Pruneau made a little joke at his media availability on Saturday after being asked about Carter’s legendary trash talk game.
“As long as he doesn’t push our coach, it’s going to stay respectful,” Pruneau said.
That’s a reference to Carter bumping Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell after scoring a touchdown during a game in 2016 when Carter was a member of the Montreal Alouettes. He received a one game suspension.
Carter responded to Pruneau on Twitter.
Thing is, Carter’s not wrong. He had five catches for 89 yards in the first game between these two teams on Sept. 29, then went off for 11 catches and 231 yards on Oct. 13, the top receiving game by any player in the CFL league this season. The teams split the season series, with each game decided by just a single point.
Carter then threw a bit more gas on the fire during the Saskatchewan media session – but not while he was at the podium. After he was finished with his press availability, Carter joined the media to ask questions of his defensive teammates.
“We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about these Ottawa receivers, that they might have, maybe, the best receiving corps in the league?” Carter asked.
Riders defensive back Jovon Johnson responded to Carter’s question.
“As far as the Ottawa receivers, Greg Ellingson is probably one of the better receivers in the league but other than that, as far as a receiving corps, I wouldn’t say that they rank in the top two,” Johnson said. “I would say Saskatchewan and Edmonton have the top two receiving corps in the league.”
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