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.”