Riders’ Chris Jones going to find out Duron Carter’s plans for 2018

Dan Ralph, Canadian Press

Chris Jones has set his sights on one of the league’s top pending free agents.

On Thursday night, Jones plans to meet with receiver Duron Carter, a 2017 CFL all-star who 73 catches for a team-high 1,043 yards and eight TDs while adding a 43-yard interception return TD in a start at defensive back.

“I saw him down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the other day and I’m going to have dinner with him (Thursday night) and should have a better understanding about where he is mentally,” Jones said via telephone Wednesday from the CFL president and GM meetings in Banff, Alta. “We’re certainly hoping we get him back.”

Jones said Carter – who spent the 2015 season on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice roster – garnered NFL interest from two teams this off-season but turned down opportunities with both the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens.

“We’ll see exactly what his plans are and where he’s going,” Jones said.

Carter anchored a solid Riders receiving corps that included Naaman Roosevelt (75 catches, 1,035 yards, eight TDs) and Bakari Grant (84 catches, 1,033 yards, five TDs). His return would certainly benefit Saskatchewan’s offence but Jones said he’d also use Carter on defence if he returned to Regina.

“I would definitely use him on both sides of the football,” Jones said. “And if we needed him to be the full-time (kick) returner he could do it.

“He’s a tremendous talent. He’s a top-five talent that I’ve seen in my time in this league.”

But the athletic six-foot-five, 205-pound Carter can also be a polarizing figure.

In November before the East final, Carter paid $351 to take 26 Riders fans to a movie. Roughly five months earlier after making an acrobatic one-handed TD catch against the Toronto Argonauts, Carter gave the ball to a young cancer survivor.

However, in 2016, he was suspended for one game by the CFL for bumping Ottawa coach Rick Campbell. Later that year, the Montreal Alouettes released Carter and his cousin Kenny Stafford, a fellow receiver with the team, following an incident with quarterback Rakeem Cato.

Jones is fine with Carter expressing his opinions. After all, Jones has won four Grey Cups with strong-minded players over his CFL tenure.

“He’ll challenge you,” Jones said of Carter. “We’ve had a bunch of them in the past (like) Marcus Ball, Brandon Browner, Dwight Anderson, Odell Willis and you can keep going.

“We’ve had guys who’ve had opinions and opinions aren’t necessarily bad. He played very good football for us this year and like I say, we have to coach him.”


10 Comments on Riders’ Chris Jones going to find out Duron Carter’s plans for 2018

  1. Come on Drew. It is Horsie at his finest again. He is all over this site with jjtst73. I know this will be moderated because I mention Horsie’s name. Please get rid of him and his hatred.

  2. Get Horsie off of here! We’ve had enough! We want to discuss CFL football, not his agenda.

  3. So stop responding to his nonsense, starve the troll.

  4. Drew, you have banned me. I can live with it. It has been over a year. The stuff I said was only partially as bad as what Horsie spews. (now he calls himself Jjtst73, tomorrow it will be something else.). How can you not ban this guy for life, do you not see the hatred and abuse he spews. Come on Drew, this site and you are better than that. Can you not see all the good people posting and one sh%% distruber making this site his personal place to abuse Jones and the riders. Plus, he makes things up that are lies. BAN HIM, DO THE RIGHT THING.

  5. Good luck trying to get Drew to respond to you. I’ve sent him multiple emails and has yet to respond. And if everyone stopped responding to horsie, he will go away. That loser troll feeds off of it.

  6. I’ll bet they didn’t include 1 catch in those stats, the one from BLM. That should also bring up his yards per game, too.

  7. Horsie.. Let me put into prospective for you. Which player in the league has over 1000 yards in rec, 8 rec touchdowns, returned both punts and kicks, played db.. making some big tackles on the messam train and has a pick 6 (let’s not forget against your mighty BLM) the talent is obviously there. Time to take your head out of the red dirt you have it stuck in.

  8. Horsie is an illiterate immigrant obviously.

  9. Big Ed Burger // January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm //

    Horsie poking dried sh*t that can’t be stirred. He’s a pathetic joke!

  10. OldBaldGuy // January 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm //

    “A game where basically Calgary didn’t show up”. Perhaps this nothing game was an indicator of the historical “success” the Stamps have enjoyed in the big game in recent years. I’m as sick of the trash talk as anyone here. Some just like to poke a stick in a cage and rattle it around a bit though, to see what happens. Funny way to get yer jollies.

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