Staying healthy a priority for Zach Collaros and the Riders

Zach Collaros is focused on staying healthy, if he can help it, for the entire 2019 season.

The veteran quarterback has voiced his displeasure with the league’s approach to player safety because Collaros missed four games due to injury – from two separate headshots – last season.

“Just trying to play smart, try to get the ball out of my hands in a timely manner and those things will take care of itself,” Collaros said.

Saskatchewan signed Collaros to a one-year incentive-laden deal for the 2019 season which could see the QB earn more than $400,000. That pact brought Collaros back to the Riders after his first year with the green and white in 2018.

“Anytime you’re coming back to a familiar situation you’re more comfortable and for me that is the case. Starting a new job, going anywhere the first year is a little different. You meet new people and all that stuff. Just knowing the guys and I walked in this year made it a lot easier,” Collaros said.

“Win games is the main goal. Keys to success for any quarterback is doing your job at a high level and executing the plays. Making sure everybody is tuned in around us.”

The 30-year-old passed for 2,999 yards, nine touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 14 games a year ago while producing a 10-4 win-loss record. Collaros travelled but did not dress for the Riders pre-season loss in Calgary. Saskatchewan head coach Craig Dickenson is planning for Collaros to see around a half of action in the team’s final exhibition game on Thursday against Winnipeg.

“That’s the only what-if. If we need to get him out there at the start of the second half, we will if we feel like he needs some more work. If he’s had a great first quarter and a half, we may pull him mid-way through the second,” Dickenson said.

“That’s the one guy that we’re going to be a little more flexible and base it on the game.”

Priority number one: keeping Collaros healthy for the regular season.

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