Jerome Messam on a ‘pitch count’ with Riders

Jerome Messam is being looked at like a starting pitcher in baseball by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Messam signed a one-year deal with the Riders during free agency. Jones had an affinity for Messam, raving about him in defensive film sessions while he played for opposing teams. Messam rushed for 305 yards in three meetings against Saskatchewan in 2017, two times going over 100 yards in both games that were Calgary Stampeders victories. Jones noted the reps Messam takes in practice and games are tracked closely.

“We’re putting Messam on pitch count,” Jones said.

Over his eight-year CFL career, Messam has logged 1,035 carries rushing for 5,484 yards (5.3 yards-per-carry) and 34 touchdowns while adding 1,997 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 219 receptions in 126 games. The Toronto, ON native has been mostly healthy for the duration of his time in the CFL. The Riders are counting on Messam to be one of their Canadian starters.

“He’s 33 years old and he plays running back,” Jones said. “You gotta make sure he’s playing at a high-level once you start the regular season. It’s an 18-game season so we’ve got a long way to go.”

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44 Comments on Jerome Messam on a ‘pitch count’ with Riders

  1. Paul Bomber // June 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm //

    The fact he’s still effective at 33 given his position, never mind running style, it’s pretty impressive. Can he do it for another year?

    • Some of the folks on here who have attended camp, have said he’s in incredible shape. Hope he stays healthy

  2. Pennyrocker // June 4, 2018 at 7:11 pm //

    Don’t mess with Messam though Canadian Ah.

  3. brian johnson // June 4, 2018 at 7:13 pm //

    Was a bust in Edmonton but rebounded with a very good o line in Calgary. Sask will be 50/50 at best.
    Good luck with that!!!!!!!!

    • He was good in sask before he went to Calgary. Sask was going through a rebuild so traded him for a young player in crapigna

    • Paul Johnson // June 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm //

      Try to keep up Brian Johnson. He was with another team before Calgary LOL

    • Messam revitalized his career in Edmonton and did well, it was not until he left for an NFL tryout and got injured (hip), he did come back to a crowded Eskimo backfield and wasn’t effective, mentoring Messam was one of the few things that Kavis Reed did well while in town.

    • Jeremiah was a bullfrog // June 4, 2018 at 10:06 pm //

      Where do you guys get your information from? Must be the Troll store. The Riders starting Oline is really good. We’ve had a couple injury problems causing some depth issues. Once those Injuries heal up there is no issue. So Brian Johnsongo Troll in another lake.

    • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 11:22 am //

      Brian Johnson, I don’t mind people not having the same opinion as me but it’s annoying when they are spouting off and are not educated with the facts. First off I don’t think I would call him a bust in Edm, but you do realize in 2015 he played for the Riders also. Oh ya and he had the best yards/carry of his career at 6.1 and the 15 games he dressed the Riders had 2 wins so his best year was on his worst team. So shall we throw out your comment then…….

  4. I like Messam, but because of his running style he can be tackles easily by opponents who pay attention. He doesn’t lift his feet when he runs, he shuffles (as opposed to someone like Wilder Jr. who high steps). I’ve seen Messam break multiple high tackles and drag a few people before going down. However, I’ve also seen people half his size make a tackle on their own, on him, just by laying down in front of him and making him trip.

    • Not looking for him to break long runs Sean. He’s going to grind out the yardage we need for 1st downs and to block.

    • Messamtrain // June 5, 2018 at 12:49 am //

      He’s a bulldozer Doesn’t need to lift his feet

  5. I believe Messam is in the right physical shape and head space to compete strongly this season. He wants to be here and he has something to prove.

  6. RicoBeBlue&Gold // June 4, 2018 at 7:38 pm //

    Messam has obviously proved he is a force when he gets going. I think he can make a good “run” in the closing years of his career.

  7. One of the very best Canadian running backs to ever play the game. Right there with Millington, Cornish, Harris and Quong.

    I thoroughly enjoy watching him crash through defences for that extra yard. He never got banged up like some other running backs and so for 33, he’s in great shape and will take the pressure off whoever is their QB. Btw… how is Zach Collaros doing so far?

  8. Messam is hungry to win and that’s why he decided on the Riders. Imagine your team collapses two years in a row when it matters? He likes what he sees in Sask and knows they are his best shot.

    • White Horse // June 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm //

      Jay..he didn’t decide on the riders…the riders decided on him and his contract demands for $. However, he is a very reliable power back who will get you the 3rd and one or the goal line stand. He has a good yr left in him. I don’t believe he is a every down RB any longer and Huff knew this.

      • Jeremiah was a bullfrog // June 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm //

        White Horse his Contract is far less in SK than it was in Calgary. And your wrong about why he chose SK. He did in fact have offers from other teams but feels his best chance is with SK.
        Why not. He saw them get to 1 play away (3rd and 5) from the Grey Cup that was with Kevin Glen and only one decent Dlineman. The Riders have added a lot to a team that was close last year.
        You obviously didn’t listen to the interviews in Tegina after he signed.

    • Stamps and Flames // June 6, 2018 at 10:18 pm //

      LOL. Calgary collapses! Where were your riders???? Oh yes watching the Calgary Stampeders in the Grey Cup. The word collapse belongs to your loser riders,they have the lowest percentage when it comes to winning the cup,that is a collapse

  9. He can only run in a straight line. Defensive coordinators know this. They also know to hit him low not high. High and he breaks your brain. Low and he falls down every time. The power of a bulldozer. With the mobility of a bulldozer. And with 2018 Saskatchewan O line suspect? And then there’s the coach – who has no patience or commitment to the run game. Jerome is forecasted to get 3.7 yards per carry. 2018 will be Messam’s last season in the CFL and the coach’s last season in green. Sorry bout that. But a reboot is en route

    • Jerimiah was a bullfrog // June 5, 2018 at 8:17 am //

      Everything you’ve stated here Eric is in your head. There is no factual information what so ever. If you had been paying attention Riders Head Coach and GM signed an extension. So your speculation is all dribble.
      Talk about Captain obvious stating “Hit a big back low other wise he runs you over”
      As well all coaches want their big backs to run North and South. Fancy dancers use East and west as part of their routine. No big back does that. They are a plow to get those few yards. Once Messam breaks the first line he is hard to bring down. So guess what pally boy… your 3.8 yard made up estimate is just fine. Because Messam job on SK is not going to be what he was in Calgary. SK has 2 RB that can do everything they need except bull doze. Thigpen can still out run most DBs

    • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 11:44 am //

      Eric Wilson Eric Wilson Eric Wilson, sorry I just wanted to say the name a few times so I remember who to serve crow to in a few months. Non Rider fans have nothing good to say about Jones and many criticisms, but non can explain his success. Bottom line is the team is much better this year and throw all of the mindless comments you want we are a strong contender

  10. The Riders have at least 2 and possibly 3 RBs with more talent than Messam but unfortunately they are all American and due to lack of quality Canadians, the Riders will be forced to start Messam. Between Bagg, Messam, Steele, Clark, Brouillette and Labatte, the Riders collective Canadian talent is certainly beginning to show their age and there could be a difficult season ahead if the injuries start to pile up.

    • Canadian talent is not only showing age at RB, but there is a shortage of Canadian talent at all other positions.
      Where are all the talented Canadian receivers?
      The ratio is creating a severe shortage of talented Canadian players.

      • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 11:46 am //

        Jeff, I know you are anti ratio (don’t agree with you on that), but I don’t understand why the ratio is creating a shortage of talented Canadian players. It would do the opposite if anything.

  11. Scottsask // June 4, 2018 at 9:56 pm //

    I agree with the last 2 comments, but I remain cautiously optimistic.

  12. Pennyrocker // June 4, 2018 at 10:02 pm //

    Rider trade Messam to Stamps because he was turning free agent and Riders got something instead of nothing.

  13. Barry Soetoro // June 4, 2018 at 11:24 pm //

    The Riders haven’t had a game breaking runningback since 2013. The old saying, “Runningbacks are a dime a dozen.” is true everywhere but Saskatchewan.

    • Jerimiah was a bullfrog // June 5, 2018 at 8:20 am //

      Barry what are you talking about? Thigpen ran all over the place once he was signed in the second half of last year.
      Plus SK had Messam a few years ago when he was a little younger.
      Man get your facts straight before you state something stupid.

  14. Good Guys ride white stallions // June 5, 2018 at 11:04 am //

    I know last season he had to have his knees drained daily. He cannot with stand an entire season. So the question is, how will Jones adjust his ratio when Messam can’t play?
    He playing only 2 national o-linemen. Where does that extra Canuck come from?

  15. You “know” he had to have his knees drained daily? LOL. What a crock of sh*t. Do you have any idea what’s evening happening when you get your knees drained? Obviously not. It is not something medical professionals will do “daily” to an athlete you fool. Nice try though! Maybe get your brain drained!

    • That would require a hydro vac unit

    • Good Guys ride white stallions // June 5, 2018 at 11:50 am //

      Yes.
      Believe what you want. I’m sure you will happily live in denial of this fact.
      Here, does this make you fell better:
      “Jerome Messam is fine. Despite his age and years of punishing abuse his body has endured; he is the first person to be able to maintain the knees of a 20 year old”

  16. riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

    To anyone reading Reds’ comment or his new white stallion laugher, don’t believe any of his BS. This is not a procedure that is or would be done daily. If Messam had that much fluid that often he wouldn’t be able to walk never mind play football. Maybe he needed them drained maybe not, but I know it wasn’t daily. Just Red being the jealous sad case he always has been, it’s so sad that he needs to change his name all of the time and hide from his shame.

    • Actually changes his name every time he gets punted if that tells you anything. One would think he might catch on after the first 24 times and learn, sadly that’s not the case

      • riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 6:32 pm //

        Ya it’s only a matter of time with him for his ignorance to scream to top.

  17. Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm //

    Well. Just go ask Josh Termeer how much maintenance work he had to perform on Messam last year.

  18. riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 3:31 pm //

    What ever, once a day isn’t even realistic. This coming from a guy that never got picked to play football and probably never skinned his knee.

  19. riderontheisland // June 5, 2018 at 3:38 pm //

    He wouldn’t be able to play if he had this daily or even weekly. 3DN actually reported on him missing a game because of this procedure so if he had it “daily”. Enough of the crap just to try and bring the Riders down. BTW it will never happen.

    • Red White Dynamite // June 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm //

      That’s fine. You can believe what you want, but if you think a bruising type of player who is 33, isn’t going to have serious body issue, you are wrong.

  20. I think the Riders are taking the right approach to this guy.

    Don’t forget that one reason he’s still durable is that despite his age when he was in BC the HC showed his reluctance with him and others not to give Canadian RBs their due and his body benefitted if not his early career.

    He’s matured since the first days of his CFL career and that too helps.

  21. The *only* reason he is still in the league is that he is a national. You think Huff/DD would let him go to Jones if he had any value left? Jones, you’re a clown! Like we didn’t know that. Last year I ‘won’ a Messam signed jersey; I have never worn it. I prefer the one without his name.

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