QB Brandon Bridge reunites with Lions’ Jarious Jackson who stood on the table for him in Saskatchewan

Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge is back with the man who brought out his best football as a pro: Jarious Jackson.

“I felt like throughout my whole career J-Jack was the one that stood on the table for me a lot in Sask. He gave me a true opportunity,” Bridge said.

Bridge signed with the Riders in 2016 while Jackson was the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. After becoming comfortable in the offence, Bridge played a lot in 2017. He passed for 1,236 yards with a 66.6 completion percentage, 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions while adding 20 carries for 127 yards and one rushing touchdown during that season.

The Mississauga, ON native sparked Saskatchewan’s offence in the 2017 East Final, completing 11-of-21 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown in a close defeat. The TD toss was the first by a Canadian in a post-season game since Russ Jackson in the 1969 Grey Cup.

“Obviously when he left it wasn’t the best years for me. I always wanted to get back into that relationship with J-Jack because he was the guy that I felt really fought for me and believed in me,” Bridge said.

During the 2018 campaign, Bridge saw action in eight games throwing for 804 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions completing 62 percent of his attempts. He added 110 rushing yards on 25 carries.  Saskatchewan didn’t offer Bridge a contract prior to free agency last February.

Bridge was signed by Toronto and played well during training camp and the pre-season – completing 13-of-20 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. But the Argos released the national QB among their final cuts. Montreal brought Bridge in for over a month in the summer while Antonio Pipkin was hurt.

“I’m just going to go out there and show that I can actually still play football. I can take in all the information, obviously I’m familiar with his playbook. It’s me coming in here studying,” Bridge said.

Even though the Lions are out of the playoff picture there are future roster spots on the line. Bridge could put himself in a position to backup Mike Reilly in 2020. If he plays well other teams could come calling.

“The whole vibe people actually still wanted to go out there and work. When you find out you’re out of the playoffs people usually tend to forget about it, say that they’re hurt, they don’t want to play no more and just hold on for their last cheques,” Bridge said.

“I feel like people actually want to go out here and work and prepare for next year. Everyone is still playing for a job for next year and they want to either be back here or putting out film for the next team and the rest of the league.”

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