Jordan Williams-Lambert has been working to run it back with the Riders.
The physically imposing receiver needs to show he’s physically and mentally ready.
“Conditioning is always an issue, you come from the states where you have that 45-second clock and now up here it’s 20. That’s probably the biggest issue right now is his conditioning,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.
“The only way we wouldn’t start him is if we feel like we got good chemistry with the other guys and if he’s not quite sure of the offence yet because it has changed a little bit. We don’t want to put him out there if he’s not quite sure of the offence or if we feel like his conditioning isn’t quite where it should be.”
The Riders play in Toronto during Week 16 and could secure a playoff spot with a victory. Williams-Lambert rejoined the Riders after being among the final training camp cuts with the Chicago Bears, but didn’t suit up in Week 14 when Saskatchewan beat Montreal.
Last season in Regina Williams-Lambert caught 62 passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns. The impressive campaign led to Williams-Lambert being named the West Division Most Outstanding Rookie.
“I gotta make sure that the offensive coaches feel like he has a grasp on the offence. We’re rotating him in right now,” Dickenson said.
“He looked good today. He looks like he’s got fresh legs and he’s running well. We’ll talk as a staff tonight and see what we do.”
When Williams-Lambert is healthy and ready for action there will have to be a receiver removed from the lineup. That’s going to be either Manny Arceneaux or Naaman Roosevelt. All three pass catchers were taking turns with the first-team offence in practice.
“It would be either probably Naaman or Manny,” Dickenson said. “It’ll be hard, but they know it’s a team game. I think they will understand hopefully.”
With the money Williams-Lambert is being paid by the Riders, expect the six-foot-three, 228-pound receiver to be in the starting group soon.