Zach Collaros to start for Riders as QB battle comes down to the wire

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Chris Jones says quarterback Zach Collaros will start against the Calgary Stampeders in the team’s final pre-season game on Friday.

Collaros will play the first and third quarter while Canadian Brandon Bridge will take the second and fourth quarter.

Jones has said the two are battling it out for the starting job to begin the regular season.

“Every position’s a challenge and we’ve talked about it from day one and it’s no different. We’ve charted every throw they’ve made, whether it was an errant throw, whether it was a good throw, whether the guy could catch and run after the catch,” Jones said. “That’s the decision that we made and this is where we’re going and I’m looking forward to seeing both of them play.”

Jones says he has a laundry list of things he’s looking for from his pivots.

“We’ve got to get in and out of the huddle, we’ve got to manage our offence, we’ve got to move the football and ultimately we’ve got to score touchdowns – that’s what we get paid to do,” he said.’

Jones said both players have had a good training camp.

“They have both took turns playing good football, they both have been the two most consistent guys. Not that the other guys have played poorly, [David] Watford certainly had a day or two where maybe he was one of the best guys out there,” Jones said. “But Zach and Brandon have both been very consistent and they both bring different qualities to our football team.”

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