Riders’ Chris Jones will play Duron Carter at DB until Nick Marshall returns

Chris Jones plans to star Duron Carter at defensive back until Nick Marshall is recovered from injury.

“He’s going to stay there until we get Nick Marshall back, so we’ll just see how long it takes to get Nick back,” Jones said. “Unfortunately Nick’s got a broken hand and he’s on the six-game.”

Carter made his second career start in the secondary against Ottawa in Saskatchewan’s Week 2 40-17 loss. The 27-year-old intercepted Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter, but got beat by Diontae Spencer for a 56-yard touchdown in the third frame. Overall Carter was targeted five times and allowed four catches for 86 yards and one touchdown.

“He played pretty good. Everybody sees the one play where he gave up the big ball, but I told him that’s the life of a defensive back: you can’t always be intercepting passes and running them back for touchdowns, eventually they’re going to make a play too. You’ve gotta be able to go out there and shake the guys’ hand and line up the next play and play good defence,” Jones said about assessing Carter’s effort against Ottawa.

Jones was asked if the Riders are missing the 2017 CFL all-star receiver and his playmaking ability on offence.

“The other night we weren’t able to get the ball off,” Jones said.

“We were getting hit 11 times, we’ve gotta design plays to get the ball out of our quarterbacks’ hands quicker and we gotta do a better job protecting. So it’s two-fold.”

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