Where the Riders will start Canadians on defence & 11 other things we learned

Saskatchewan Roughriders general manager and head coach Chris Jones and quarterback Zach Collaros did their CFL conference call on Thursday. Here’s what we learned:

1. The Riders plan on playing three Canadians on defence, including one at linebacker.

“We’ve got some guys that we feel that can develop. The key for that crew [of linebackers] is to stay healthy. We will have at least one Canadian linebacker in the game all the time, we’ll have a free safety and we’ll have a nose tackle,” Jones said.

2. American offensive lineman Travis Bond, a free agent signing, will play guard.

“He’s going to play guard for us, whether he plays left or right is yet to be determined. I spent some time with him down in North Carolina this year, just a great guy, a big old country guy. He brings a level of physicality that a lot of people can’t bring in our league. We’re trying to become a more physical football team and that’s been taken into account in all three phases, free agency, the draft and our work out guys,” Jones said.

3. That means Canadians Brendan LaBatte, Dan Clark and Dariusz Bladek will compete for the starting centre and other guard spot.

“It will all take care of itself. The good thing about LaBatte is that he can play centre or guard. Bladek’s played both guards before and Clark brings tremendous leadership to our football team,” Jones said.

4. The left tackle spot is still to be determined with Americans Takoby Cofield and Terran Vaughn the leading contenders.

“Vaughn maybe has a little leg up because he spent the better part of half the year with us last year. And then Cofield he was a four-year starter there at Duke and was very very highly thought of coming out,” Jones said.

5. But 2016 first overall draft pick Josiah St. John is also in the mix at tackle.

“Oh yeah, no doubt. Josiah is a guy that we’re going to put him at his natural position which is tackle, it’s where he played college ball. We’re going to put him both at right and left tackle,” Jones said.

6. Free agent signing John Ojo will play field corner with Duron Carter getting a look at the boundary spot.

“John Ojo will play wide field where he was rookie of the year over in Edmonton. He’ll be at the wide field. And then Duron will be taking some reps at boundary corner and then we’ll have mostly free agent guys that came through mini-camp competing,” Jones said.

7. Zach Collaros is making friends with fellow quarterbacks Brandon Bridge, Marquise Williams and David Watford.

“I’ve got to know them a bit over the last couple of months. It’s weird being the oldest guy in the room, it’s the first time for that. But they are all good guys, we like to talk about the NBA and they’re pretty knowledgeable about the game of football. I’m excited to be able to pass some wisdom about the CFL game down to these guys and hear their perspectives as well. I’ve only been able to interact with them for a few days but it’s been a real good time,” Collaros said.

8. Jones wants American linebacker Sam Eguavoen to play middle linebacker this season… and he does a Chris Jones impression.

“Sammy Eguavoen is a great player, he’s probably one of the best athletes on the team. He doesn’t hardly ever speak unless he’s up there trying to impersonate me so we just want Sammy to come in and lead our football team in the middle,” Jones said.

9. After opening 2017 with a 2-4 record, Jones said a better start to the season is a priority.

“That’s something we have to address as a football team, we’ve got to get off on the right foot. You’re going to know right away because we play a game in the first week. in the first two days, you’re going to find out if a guy plays good when the lights come on. We’ve had plenty of guys that look good in practice but as soon as the lights came on he wasn’t the player we thought he was. We can make some decisions a week into our camp,” Jones said.

10. Jones talked up both his starting quarterbacks.

“Zach’s a very good player, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. When you go back and look at how good he was in high school… I’m from a small town and I know what it’s like to come up with a lot of expectations and the scrutiny that you get from the time that you’re a young kid and he’s had to endure that in Steubenville, Ohio I can assure you, because all they care about is the Big Red football team. Brandon Bridge was a big part of why we won 10 ball games last year and so with that being said, I feel very strongly about the quarterback position,” Jones said.

11. Jones explained how former NFL quarterback Steve Walsh became their quarterbacks’ coach.

“Steve Walsh came up here last year [to Argonauts training camp] and I’d heard from Marcus (Brady) what a great job you did with Ricky last year, being Ricky’s eyes and that type of thing. Quite honestly I didn’t know what his contract situation was and we got down to the Senior Bowl and we interviewed a bunch of people… we got him in front of us and we were just blown away. He’s an extremely intelligent guy and he’ll tell you it wasn’t his athleticism that kept him in as a quarterback all those years. He’s just a really smart guy that knows the system, he’s been in the West Coast up forever, I mean [Argos head coach Marc] Trestman recruited him out of high school. He’s just in an outstanding individual and we’re lucky to have him,” Jones said.

12. Jones hasn’t taken much time off.

“I took one [weekend] off at Christmas, one off at New Year and one off at Easter. Other than that we’ve been on the road every weekend,” Jones said.

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141 Comments on Where the Riders will start Canadians on defence & 11 other things we learned

  1. So no real solution at left tackle equals Collaros on crutches. LB is a big concern for this club

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

      Jones and the Riders OWN you. Lmfao. What a LOSER you are Mr Ed. Your new nickname. Mr Ed.

      • I hope you have permission from Lions GM Ed Hervey.

        • Lancaster/Reed // May 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm //

          Maybe youre too young , but its a reference to the original Mr Ed. A talking horse from tv. But of course our Mr Ed really only represents part of the horse, and not the thinking part.

  2. It sounds (at looks) like Jones doesn’t take care of himself. Work load, lack of down time and poor physical condition can cause one to burn out and get sick, especially as they get older

    • Puck hog // May 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm //

      Kids, As a youngster, Red’s parents beat like a dirty rug. He had no friends. He quit school. He lives in a tree house. No job. Never had a job. Kids, don’t be a Red: stay in school and listen to your parents.

  3. Red’s Mom // May 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

    Son, even I can’t stand you anymore. I told you to get outside and play nice with people 40 years ago. Instead you didn’t listen and are dipstick like your father.

    • haha nice!

    • I feel for you Reds Mom. May I suggest next time he goes for a visit to the big building with the rubber rooms – you either change the locks, or pack and run !!!

    • Huff's Neighbor // May 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm //

      Best ever. But I think you meant to say …”little lady”. Pretty sure Red wears a dress.

    • Ahahahahahahaha that is just pure gold! Whoever that is… you are a gem.

    • Mr Red don’t worry about these sliders from sliderville this is what happens to people when they are given a banjo at Such a young age.

      • Huff's Neighbor // May 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm //

        Asshole. And Joe where do you hail. Winterpig or similar. Hatred comith your way lou.

    • Puck hog // May 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

      When Red was born, the doctor looked at him and spanked his mom!

    • MR. Green // May 10, 2018 at 4:57 pm //

      Hi Red’s Mommy. You were told not to take drugs and drink while you were pregnant. This is what happens!

    • riderontheisland // May 10, 2018 at 6:37 pm //

      ahhh mom, but all the kids laugh at me. Trolling on the internet is the only way people don’t beat me up. Plus I sound real smart honest, everyone one says so. Well they joke around, but they really think I’m smart and funny.

  4. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm //

    Bwahahaha, that’s hilarious!

  5. People that work lots tend to produce poorer results….fact!

    • Really? Ask Asians how that’s working out. I’m sure you’ve been leap frogged by many of us. Hahaha. Red you a joke. You say things and because you say fact that makes it so? With that logic you are a DUMMY

      • Ask Asians? What kind of comment is that?

        • If you carefully read little red riding hood. He said “I’m sure you’ve been leap frogged by many of us” Aka he’s of asian decent. Not hard to figure out if you actually read. I know.. I know. you don’t even read your own verbal diarrhea. How many times have you said something terrible after these recent tragedy. I’m pretty sure your not one to talk on the inappropriate comments.

    • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

      Mr. Red never has stats or evidence to support his claims…fact!

    • True green // May 11, 2018 at 12:10 am //

      research and stats are often twisted to prove a point in an average sampling of people. High production individual never stop. Personally, i read these threads as short breaks between working, which for me starts areound 7 and ends around 11 and both afternoons on rhe weekend. I assure you I am not a poor producer. Neither is CJ. Many people, yourself most likely included if that fact is one you believe in, simply do not have what it takes to produce at a high level.

      Try some bengay rub. You seem to think that works for things that don’t work well.

  6. Ibleedgreen1111 // May 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm //

    Still no solution on how to get rid of the troll Mr Red and his many handles.

    Sounds like Mr Red should follow his own advice on taking care of himself. Except make his down time last a year ot two so us real football fans can discuss football in pease and quite.

    Go Riders!
    Go CFL!!
    Go away Mr Red

  7. Jordansfumble // May 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm //

    Eguavon was a step up lb last year and can be a top notch player.
    St. John if capable can be a huge asset as a left tackle because it means he riders have a starting Canadian in a typical American spot.
    Having Carter as a db worries me as it means there is a lack of depth being recruited by Jones and company.
    Clark was a liability last year on the line and I believe he is the odd man out.

    • Ibleedgreen1111 // May 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm //

      I have the same feeling on Clark. The o-line played a lot better when he was out last year.

      • Danny Clark is a good solid C – – exactly the type of OLineman that you want. Tough and nasty on the field, good teammate in the room.

        For some inexplicable reasons he’s a favourite whipping boy of many Rider fans. I’d take Clark for the Argos in a heartbeat.

      • riderontheisland // May 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm //

        I think Clark will be there for depth this year because I believe he is a converted guard so he can move around.

    • I’m not a fan of Clark either but to be honest the biggest OL improvement was moving Denis to the interior from Tackle. The OL did ok in the fall when Clark was back and Labatte was out.

  8. Huff's Neighbor // May 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm //

    Might as well write a Rider story. Slow day at 3D.

  9. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm //

    Completely agree on all points Jordan’s fumble.

  10. Mr Red // May 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm // Reply
    People that work lots tend to produce poorer results….fact!

    Yeah and people who don’t work produce even poorer results….hahahaha

  11. I’m just saying we don’t want another Richard Harris or Bobby Ackles incident. Someone should really watch Jones.

    • Agree. There’s definitely some issues with Jones that will eventually catch up with him.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 10, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

      Mr Ed, you are much more likely to suddenly drop dead than jones. Probably from a brain aneurysm when one of the many riders that resides in your head has a sneeze.

  12. Cathryn // May 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    Red just shut up. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Maybe watch your own health, you seem to do nothing more than make ridiculous statements about other teams and especially the Riders. I guarantee this Mr Red is single and has nothing else to do with his seemingly sad existence.

  13. Mr Curling // May 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm //

    Mr Curling heard Zver is taking reps at centre which leaves Labatte at left guard Bond at Right guard St John/Bladek at right tackle and Vaughn at left tackle all with plenty of backups, ie either Bladek or St John, Clark, Cofield. By Mr Curing’s offensive line theory, the insertion of Bond at right guard will make the centre and right tackle better and Zver would give us one of the biggest most athletic centres ever

    • Prove me wrong // May 10, 2018 at 4:04 pm //

      Mr Curling hears a lot of things in his head. But living in your Mom’s basement in Veggieville will do that to you.

  14. And Red we are all just saying we don’t want another one of your comments. You are one dumb fella.

  15. Prove me wrong // May 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm //

    I did not know “Red’s Mom” was a slider fan. So, that would make Mr.Red a Stamps fan? I guess that is just one more slider fan getting it from a Stamps fan.

  16. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm //

    Red, did you just dine at a Denny’s recently?

  17. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm //

    Welcome back Mr Curling! It’s been a loooing offseason.

  18. Horsepowered // May 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm //

    Damn carter already slotted in the deprh chart at DB. Sounds like jones still doesnt understand that you need balanced depth across the board. Too much focus on o line d line which is great if you habe help around them.

    Also we want to habe a canadian at linebacker all year…yet released one of the top 3 canadian lb in the league. Gainey better be duplicating those turnovers or it will be a long year for that defensive backfield.

  19. I agree with the better start to the season. Its imperative to stay competitive in the West. 2-4 puts us too far behind. Cant be playing catch-up all season.

  20. Take this // May 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm //

    Is anyone going to discuss what the roster might look like or just post random thoughts of nothingness?

    • It would be a refreshing change to see some actual football discussion on here – – too many casual fans posting asinine drivel because they’re incapable of making knowledgeable assessments.

      It’s no secret that Regina has a glaring lack of NI talent. That’s to be expected when you completely strike out in two consecutive drafts as Jones has done. In terms of NI starters…

      Messam is 33 and LaBatte will be 32 this season, but both are a lock to start. I’m confident that Messam has at least another good year or two left in the tank, but LaBatte has slipped noticeably in the past couple of years, due in large part to his inability to stay healthy. Eerily reminiscent of the last years of Chris Best. Danny Clark is another lock to start at C – – despite the constant criticism of his game that some Rider Fans seem to relish in. Same with Zac Evans at DT.

      That’s four solid NIs to start, but after that there’s a bunch of question marks.

      I like Sam Hurl at MLB despite the fact that Rider Apologists universally proclaimed him to be completely useless as recently as last season when he was in Winnipeg.

      Rob Bagg is a great character guy, but his best days are long past. Riders strength is their Import WRs so being forced to start Bagg means a quality Import WR is wasting away on the bench. Joke Harty is s mediocre back up at best.

      Let’s be honest – – there’s no possible way Regina will start a NI at OT. They’ll go three NIs inside and that means one of Bladek, Joe St John or Zver will have to play G. All have been underwhelming to this point.

      Edem an MO Brouillette are cast offs from Montreal’s porous secondary but Regina will try to hide them at S.

      Ed Steele is a serviceable back up but that’s his limit. Makana Henry is not a pro level DT and should immediately be returned to the scrap heap semi pro league in Northern Ontario where Jones got him from.

      • Huff's Neighbor // May 10, 2018 at 5:25 pm //

        Nice rant but you’re wrong, wrong, wrong. Rider fans could be like you and pick apart your team with as much zeal. The fact is Rider fans don’t care about other teams, and don’t feel the need to comment about them. So, at the end of the season when you have learned how wrong you were are you going to come back on and say so?? Highly doubt it.

        • Rather than simply repeating the word “wrong” perhaps you could explain where you feel my assessment errs.

          Is Rob Bagg ready for a “breakout” season?

          Is Sam Hurl going to be in contention for Defendive Player of the Year?

          Is Ed Steele ready to morph into the next Teddy Laurent?

          I’m always the first one to acknowledge when my assessments have been incorrect. I’m also the first one to remind you – – multiple times – – when they’re spot on.

          • Riders34 // May 11, 2018 at 12:04 am //

            Labatte will be fine either at centre or guard, and he will have at least 1-2 more years in the tank. Bagg is as good or better even at his age as ANY other starting Cdn receiver in the league ( plus he has capable backups in Sanford and Bailey for sure ), face it there are not great CDN pass catchers at this point in time. Given the Riders depth at Import receivers much like in Edmonton throwing the ball to a Canuck is an after thought. Mike E was a eastern rookie all star and a again will be just fine at safety , add in former all star Marc-Oliver B. and again the riders are just fine !!!! Hurl will be in a fight to be a outside linebacker again just as good in that position as any other Canuck in the league , he is not a middle LB as Winnipeg found out . AS well the Riders have a stock pile of young cdn’s ready and willing to play SAM or Will )Bartlett/Francis /Judge plus 3 others .( probably Will as Montcrief will be the odds on bet to play SAM. ) Steel can play extensive min at DT if injury effects ratio//// given that we have a stud in Zac E already playing one DT spot. Combine the fact the Riders drafted some possible sleepers at D & O line in the late rounds and Shepley might not crack a NFL roster , a lot of you are hoping the Riders so not shape up as GOOD as they potentially look. For the haters lets check back into this conversation come the labor day tilt vs Winnipeg. we will have a good idea of who’s crystal ball was more correct by then.

  21. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm //

    I just want an explanation of Red’s behaviour in Denny’s.

  22. Three years ago I pointed out that Sam Hurl was a much better LB than Shea Emry was.

    Rider Apologists insisted that Hurl was garbage and hopelessly out of his league as a starting LB.

    Ironic the Rider Apologists are fine with Hurl taking reps – – and likely starting – – at LB now.

    This kind of back and forth flip-flopping is why it’s impossible to take the Rider Apologists seriously.

    If you were trashing Hurl when he was in Winnipeg, why change your tune now that he’s back in Regina?

    But instead the Rider Apologists double down on their hypocrisy and proclaim Regina to have amazing NI talent.

    • Actually Area51 if you read most of the Rider fan comments. Most aren’t happy about it. But they are putting up with it. I think most of us are hoping to see Judge come in to camp with his head on straight and ready to take over that spot. I firmly believe that hurl is a special teamer at best and i’m sure I have most of the Rider fans on my side of that.

      • Cam Judge? With his head on straight? You mean the guy who quit after THREE (3) games as a rookie and acknowledged his drug addiction while admitting he was stoned on the field?

        Lots of luck with that pipe dream, my friend.

        • I guess you’ve never been on strong pain meds before. I’ve had my back so bad they had to put me on Valium, Morphine and T3’s. Let me tell you something, those drugs mess with you in more ways than one. Also he was out with bad shoulder injury. That thought never came up?
          He was a college kid man… like really, who didn’t do stupid sh*t when they were that age?

          • Lors of weak minded people aren’t able to exercise any self control over their drug addictions, my friend.

            Nobody forced you into popping those opioids. Just as nobody forced Cam Judge to smoke himself higher than a kite before going out onto the field.

          • Well I hope you get a serious injury that keeps you up all night and day, with even the slightest movement causing excruciating pain. I didn’t sleep for almost 4 days because the pain was so severe. So I guess you could say that my body told me that something needed to be done, not many options out there besides pain meds.

            I smoke(vape) weed every single day. That doesn’t stop me from being a productive member of society. Again he’s a kid. I guess you are mister perfect and have done no wrong in all of your years of life. Congrats to you, I’d say 99.9% of the world can’t do that. Way to be the .1% sir

          • I love how you guys make excuses for this guys behavior.

          • What happened to Finch? Anything new on that front? 😉

          • True green // May 11, 2018 at 12:27 am //

            Area 51, what have you overcome in life? It takes an extremely strong individual to overcome addiction. It takes a very weak individual to make judgements towards something they likely don’t underarms for have experience with.

            Wild guess here: you’re aggressive, extremely arrogant comments are making up for your natural weakness and poor self image. Easy to pick on a young man experiencing challenges in his life on an anonymous thread. Real proud of yourself aren’t you?

        • True green // May 11, 2018 at 12:28 am //

          Area 51, what have you overcome in life? It takes an extremely strong individual to overcome addiction. It takes a very weak individual to make judgements towards something they likely don’t underarms for have experience with.

          Wild guess here: you’re aggressive, extremely arrogant comments are making up for your natural weakness and poor self image. Easy to pick on a young man experiencing challenges in his life on an anonymous thread. Real proud of yourself aren’t you?

          • I’d have no problem telling Carter that he’s an immature prima donna who needs to curb his drug habit and grow up or he’s going to be as unwelcome in the CFL as he is in the NFL.

            Perhaps Carter’s lurking here to see what people are saying about him and can read my assessment of him.

            WTF kind of “challenges” has Carter faced? Grew up in an ultra privileged two-parent home, all the celebrity athlete trappings of his old man, handed a free ride at TWO (2) different D1 schools – – which went up in smoke because he was to lazy to show up for class – – and now living in the fantasy world of pro football where he’s had multiple “second chances” for shenanigans that should have had him out of the league.

            Wow, what a tough life for Carter. Maybe you should start a gofundme account for him to help overcome his “challenges”.

            Instead of fawning about recovering addicts, how about celebrating people who have enough self control and common sense to not indulge themselves in drugs and alcohol to the point of addiction?

            Nothing weaker than hiding behind a bottle or a few rails or a blunt, my friend.

        • True green // May 11, 2018 at 8:56 am //

          My comment was in reference to Cam Judge not Carter. judge clearly has or had some issues going on. Who are you to point a finger? I am no bleeding heart liberal, but I’m experienced enough in the area to know that addiction is not necessarily a choice. I’ve experienced it first hand. Some people do not react the same to a drink or a drug as you may, “my friend”. I’m sure you’ve heard of allergic reactions to many different drugs. Is it so hard to understand that how a simple drink affects you can have a different affect on someone else?

          Anyhow im not here to try to convince you to be a little more understanding toward people with issues you can’t relate to anymore than you’re here to have a civil conversation. But until you’ve walked a few blocks in their shoes why don’t you give it a rest and quote pointing your finger?

    • Excellent point. Opinions in riderville always do a 180 when players go from other teams to the riders. Sam Hurl is suddenly Alex Singleton, Zach Collaros is Warren Moon and Charleston Hughes is a gracious guy who always has impeccable sportsmanship.

      • But yet here you are doing the 180 yourself nublet. Wasn’t Charleston Hughes the bestest when he was playing for your loser team? Now he’s some bum that’s a terrible sportsman. Didn’t your mom just say play nice? She might have to go downstairs and spank your bottom.

      • Collaros is a legit franchise QB. I was advocating for Jones to make a deal for him last season after the TiCat braintrust made the inexplicable decision to bench him in favour of that career scrub Jer Masoli.

        As per usual, Rider Apologists universally proclaimed that Collaros was a terrible QB and expressed their confidence that 2017 was going to be different for Kevin Glenn.

        Had the Regina braintrust been smart and acquired Collaros last year instead of foolishly trusting The Worst Big Gane QB In Pro Football History, there’s no possible way Toronto could have beat them in the EDF.

        • I’ve always loved Collaros, since his days in Toronto. I was hoping Sask would have signed him after he left, but we stuck with Durant(what a major mistake that was).

      • Lancaster/Reed // May 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm //

        Mr Ed, kind of like you crowing about all the great stamps coaches and then saying that Carter was about to be fired before he left for Montreal. Is it the fact that you are a sociopath the reason you are unable to see your own hypocrisy?

    • For the record I am not OK with Sam Hurl as a replacement for Henoc Muamba. I think it was a stupid move by the Riders.

      • Riders34 // May 11, 2018 at 12:17 am //

        Hurl will NOT be playing MLB with the Riders unless its an emergency due to injuries. Hurl was a decent Will in his first go round with the Riders then he left after the 2013 cup run. IN Winnipeg he was forced into playing MLB due to I believe injuries and ratio issues ( perhaps a Bomber fan can comment on this). Then for some stupid reason the bombers left him at MBL when the team got healthy. IMO that a lead to Hurls terrible play being out of position his current lack of confidence a the linebacker position which he could recover by playing Will in the preseason.

        • If Hurl isn’t starting, who does Regina have for their NI starters?

          Messam
          LaBatte
          Danny Clark
          Bagg
          Edem
          Evans
          ???

          One or two of those guys get injured and Gainer might end up starting to fill the ratio requirements.

          • Riders34 // May 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm //

            Hurl or one of the 5 other cdn line backers on the roster will start at WILL as we have been saying : Hurl/Judge/Bartlett/Chevrier/Gagne/Grondin ( will see some time at MLB). Again 51 ya need to be less bullheaded and start listening , also a far outside shot that St.John has actually progressed and suprizes folks and actually can play right tackle. Again NOT ideal, but Riders can 2 cdn D-takles playing Steel is NOT that bad if they are in a ratio pinch , as well they can go 2 cdn receivers if needs be ( agreed it has the o take a step back not going American but it can be done) Bailey is more then capable of starting with Bagg. ( backups Radford/Picton/Stanford/Harty ). lol haters just love to continue to hate !! But the RIDERS will be just fine re ratio , its no longer the mess of 2016 roster.

  23. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm //

    I still think Sam Hurl sucks, I’m just hoping either he or one of the other 5 Canadian linebackers can prove me wrong.

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 10, 2018 at 8:29 pm //

      I always liked Sam Hurl, even as a bluebomber, but im not sure he has the necessary aggressiveness to be a mlb. Probably better suited for weak side.

      • Riders34 // May 11, 2018 at 12:19 am //

        Agreed , see my above comment , Hurl is a WILL linebacker and can do well in that role perhaps even excel if refinding his grove.

  24. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm //

    Now back to Red’s outburst in the Denny’s.

  25. rider fan // May 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm //

    Coach Jones has thing under control.The linebacker situation maybe suspect, but on every roster has its issues. It is nice Mr Red is concerned for Coach Jones health.The jury is still out on the o line, there is hope I feel.Look forward to the season. Go Riders

  26. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm //

    Only good things ahead for Saskatchewan! On and off the football field.

    • Sure, the province will benefit from higher oil- on a smaller scale than Alberta, however the riders will struggle

      • You don’t really understand the oil markets do you Red? Higher oil now isn’t what it used to be. But hey, keep making uninformed and uneducated statements dummy. Alberta school systems on display daily with you!

        • Higher oil prices have NEVER been has good as they sound. Canada has always been paid on western Canadian select market a branch of (WTI) which is a forced discount because we only have 1 customer. Getting pipelines to the west coast can close this gap and allow us to trade on the world oil standard (BRENT) but we will always be forced to pay a discounted price,even to over sea customers. The lack of pipeline plus the liberals somewhat cold response to the industry could discourage companies from wanting to invest here as prices rise. This is all a change from the previous ways of past oil booms.
          HOWEVER, The heavy Oil from the oil sands is becoming the favorite source for buyers as it has many uses other than gasoline. Many refiners in the states ares set up to receive this heavy oil and are begging for it. Train capacity is already increasing!
          Lets all hope Kinder Morgan gets built and companies see the value of investing in Canada as prices go up.

  27. Has Jones checked into the Holiday Inn Express yet?
    Is Carter in in town yet? Where is he going to live?

    • I’m sure one of the local halfway houses in Regina has a spot for Crackhead Carter’s pot addict son.

    • You tell us Red, you live across the street at the Super 8 motel! What can you see from your binoculars?

  28. so what? would you rather read another Johnny Bust story about how, at lunch yesterday, he accidentally swallowed a big piece of his hot dog, and almost choked…until his hot dog jumped on him repeatedly, simulating chest compression, and subsequently, the obstruction was dislodged.

  29. MR. Green // May 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm //

    That would be huge if St. John did what he was drafted to do and started at tackle. Our strong American recievers will be fighting for plays. I have a feeling Owens could be a bubble guy.
    As for a Canadian LB, I hope Judge can step up this year, it’s time. Hurl will be surrounded by a good defence so he can fill in admerably.
    A perfect season is brewing in Riderville. 18-0 and a championship ending season bringing home the cup.

  30. Raymond // May 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm //

    Stamps 0-18. Bank it! I also wanted to say Area51 is a funny guy, good to see at least one Argos fan out there.

  31. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm //

    Possibly 19-0. They’ll be that good! Lol.

  32. How will Jones be able to declare his opening day roster not knowing if Carter can play?

    • Jones will just have to hope his master plan doesn’t go up in smoke.

    • MR. Green // May 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

      Don’t worry, Carter will play and be ready opening day. When he plays Calgary he will be Bo’s best receiver once again.
      Now put on your helmet red and play with your crayons. Be safe!

      • That’s if Bo mevi isn’t riding the bench in street clothes because his shoulder is pooched

        • lol
          Bo has the best protector hes ever had back- Derek Dennis
          Jones just admitted he has no answers at left tackle. In you mind what does that mean for an injury prone QB like Collaros.
          Honestly, what does common sense tell you?

          • Common sense is telling me you 180’d on Derek Dennis. Again… lol
            Collaros will be fine. He’s all healed up. The same can’t be said about baby bo.

  33. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm //

    I see what you did there……well played 51, well played.

  34. I strongly urge people who are tired of these fools, Mr.Red and Area51, to email 3Downnation and ask that they be banned. Banned again in the case of Mr.Red Yes, again. A supposedly grown man can’t accept being banned with cause from a website and makes numerous attempts to circumvent measures put in place to block him. He was also blocked from the Stamps fan site because even they can’t stand him. He has that big of a problem. And Area51 was also blocked from at least one teams fan website for being an arrogant jerk. Much like he is on this site.
    If you’re sick of these two compulsively obsessed haters, let 3Downnation know.
    So please everyone go to the “Contact Us” section and email the administrators asking that Mr.Red and Area51 be banned.
    Be sure to mention the specific articles where they are commenting.
    Its for the good of everyone, including themselves.

    • MR. Green // May 10, 2018 at 5:21 pm //

      Evan, doesn’t matter anymore, he’s been booted several times. I just enjoy it now and take it in stride. About 3 months ago after he made brutal biggot comments, I commented back and was kciked off. After a couple months I decided to ask Drew to lift my block and he did. It is what it is. There are some funny comments today. This should be strictly football talk to I agree, but his is what it has come to, on all sites.

    • greenenvy? // May 10, 2018 at 5:25 pm //

      So, Evan, you just want positive feedback on the Riders? They get a lot of negativity thrown back at them as well. Personally I get riled up myself sometimes & could care less if posters don’t like it. Fans of their teams will defend them good or bad. You have a choice of not reading anything under their names.

      • Actually it has nothing to do with which football team they support or their feelings towards the team I support. It has everything to do with them just being bad people.
        Any normal person with a conscience would actually feel bad if they conducted themselves in the same manner as these two. These two are sociopathic trolls who lessen the ability of others to enjoy this site.
        I have nothing against you for not being a Rider fan. You and I have disagreed on football matters before, but have never resorted to their level of outlandish claims which are just their opinion and simple buffoonery.

        • When I explain to you that Rich Stubler is a terrible coach with hopelessly outdated schemes, or that Regina is facing a serious problem with their lack of NI talent how do you deem it to be “outlandish”?

          If you’re unable to handle reading comments such as those without becoming visibly distraught, you should consider professional help to deal with your struggles.

        • greenenvy? // May 11, 2018 at 2:03 am //

          This may surprise you Evan. Rider fan, no. But I don’t dislike them. I have very little use for Jones on the other hand although I grant he’s a good coach. I have little use for Carter either. Roosevelt is a better receiver IMO & doesn’t feel the need to make everything about him. By his constant preening, Duron takes the shine off players like Roosevelt who aren’t the type to complain & other players in the league who have accomplished far more.. I don”t find Duron funny or entertaining, just needy. There’s a bunch of Riders I like but I didn’t like Jones in Edmonton or Carter in Mtl, so not liking them in Regina doesn’t mean I despise the team.

      • C’mon envy……you don’t get riled up 🙂

    • As always I call it as I see it, my friend.

      If my objective assessment of your favourite team or player isn’t what you were hoping for, perhaps you should avoid reading my comments and focus on the pom pom waving delusion about how everything is wonderful with your favourite team.

      Or make an attempt to put a rebuttal together explaining why you disagree with my assessment and then we’ll see who knew what they were talking about and who was a babbling fan boy.

      But please don’t embarrass yourself by whining like a puss to try and get comments censored when you don’t agree with them.

      • Riders34 // May 11, 2018 at 12:34 am //

        Sorry but your drinking the hater and hater media comments!!! The Riders NI depth is just fine, the expert are pissed that OUR scouting staff disagee’s with the EXPERTS opinions and drafts WHO they think they want : again 6 guys as potential backups to our Cdn oline starters, 7 cdn line backers on roster to fight for 1 starting and 1 back up position , Bagg and 4 back up receivers to fight for 1 starting position , Moore and 2 backups to fight for 1 cdn fullback , Messam as a potential starting RB , our only sight weakness at a cdn position MIGHT be d-line , but even there we have Evans /Steele , 2 Draft picks and Henery.. Don’t know how someone can say we are uber weaker Cdn bodies wise then the other teams and not chock on the words. Talent wise that question will be answered by mid November .BUt gain I keep forgetting only the RIDERS have potential only players the rest of ya all’s teams have nothing but FORSURE super stars !!! ,

    • How do you if I was banned from any other sites? You don’t know me

    • Don’t have too much issue with 51, Evan. He throws sh*t around but at least he spreads it evenly. He’s from the center of the universe so I can understand his frustration. Sounds like he is a die hard Argo fan, so I bet he’s very easy to pick out in the stands……But at least he doesn’t obsess about one team like Red…(or is it Red Green?)

      As for manyhandles…he was clearly dropped on his head at birth. Beyond the obvious head trauma, he has a fear of being alone. As such, he is extremely needy, and feels he must be around people at all times. Because he has no friends, this is as close as its gonna get. Mix his OCD with
      Histrionic Personality Disorder and you have many handles – in a nutshell….er, nutcase?

      • Lol. Red an Proud was right in a previous thread. Mr Red is banned on CFLHorsemen. A few guys were just talking about it over there. Hilarious

    • CFLFIRST // May 10, 2018 at 8:06 pm //

      Let’s just let free speech rule the day. I don’t agree with a lot of their posts, but the world would be a boring place without differing views.

      On a side note, does anyone know if the riderfans message board is coming back any time soon

      • The Rider fans message board has gone tits up? That’s a shame. A real, real, shame.

        • Lancaster/Reed // May 10, 2018 at 9:01 pm //

          Yeah, but years after the argos post it note board was taken down when the last argo fan died.

  35. greenenvy? // May 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm //

    No surprises. Jones has to play 3 on defence if he’s looking at 3 imports on OL. If Bond is @ guard which is the ONLY option (too big for tackle) then Bladek is @ guard, LaBatte @ ctr. I’ll bet Coleman is back as 2 new tackles would mean 4 new starters on OL which would be suicide. It takes time to gel. Coleman, Clark & LaBatte have been together 2 years & CFL veterans a lot longer & the OL ranked 7 & 8 in sacks allowed, #9 the year before with only Clark & LaBatte. Sacks get your QB killed. Better start? Riders have good schedule with 5 games vs East so Jones is right. If they’re going to contend they should be 4-1 out of the gate. That start is crucial.

    • MR. Green // May 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm //

      Good point. I do believe the trenches are where games are mostly won. A strong O and D line will produce wins. Protection, run blocking and consistent pressure. O line is going to be interesting. Continuity helps me if we have to many changes, it could hurt to start the season.

    • Ask yourself what combination inside would be the strongest – – Bond and Bladek with LaBatte in the middle or Bond and LaBatte with Clark in the middle.

      The drop off at G from LaBatte to Bladek is worse than the drop off at C from LaBatte to Clark.

      Starting Bond at G means three Imports in the OLine because there’s ZERO possibility that Regina has any NI who can start outside.

      That’s going to make it tough to fill the ratio requirements.

  36. You guys should go onto the horsemen site and listen to the interview with Dave D. He says the 2nd half of last year Messam was starting to loss an edge on defenders and his knees where needing drained constantly. Yikes!

  37. Take this // May 10, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

    Rider fans don’t want to hear that. Every older player brought in is a great veteran presence. They are but how many do you need and they must also be able to be a consistent contributor on field.

  38. If the Riders can stay healthy they will be fine.
    A home playoff game is not out of the question at all.

    • Need more NI talent in Regina before they’re a serious contender in the West.

      Look at the NIs they had in 2013 compared to the collection that’s currently there. No comparison at all.

  39. Still Groggy // May 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm //

    Hi all.
    I’m back on this site after spending nearly 6 months in a comma. I hit my head on the coffee table after falling ill to bad Steaks at Mr Red’s Grey Cup party.
    Good time to wake, just as the CFL season is starting. I bet rider fans are excited! The James Franklin era begins. So how did it all come about? Did the Esks finally give in to you and trade him in another brilliant move, or did you simply wait until FA began and get him for nothing?
    It’s clear you were going to get him, after all Jones brought him into the league, he knew the offense and he’d naturally want to play for the riders, who wouldn’t??
    I cant wait to watch Carter this year, the way we took such leadership in organizing that movie event is a sure sign he is mature and ready to step it up. He probably really focused on training and establishing himself in the Sask community this off season.
    Anyways please let me know. I’m off to buy groceries, everything in fridge has spoiled.

  40. Scottsask // May 10, 2018 at 8:55 pm //

    So is it a permanent ban from Denny’s or a 3downnation ban?

  41. These are the positions on the O-line that the Riders need to fill: centre, left tackle, right tackle, left guard, right guard.

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