Riders yet to decide between Jordan Williams-Lambert, Paul McRoberts for Friday’s game

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have yet to decide who will fill the team’s third American receiver spot in Friday’s season-opening game against the B.C. Lions.

Veteran Jordan Williams-Lambert has a sore knee, which opened some reps for Paul McRoberts in practice on Monday.

“That’s one that’s up in the air,” said head coach Craig Dickenson via videoconference. “We’ll give them both reps this week. Jordan’s knee is still bugging him a little bit, so we gotta decide what direction we want to go on that. We’ll see. That should sort itself out by day three.”

The second-year bench boss isn’t sure exactly how Williams-Lambert hurt his knee, he just knows that the 27-year-old needs more time to test it out over the course of the practice week.

“I don’t know exact specifics, but he did something to the knee. We don’t think it’s anything major or anything serious but it’s still bothering him from a pain standpoint. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. We’re going to increase his reps tomorrow. Hopefully he’ll respond to treatment and be better,” said Dickenson.

McRoberts spent the 2019 season on Saskatchewan’s practice roster after a two-year stint with the Los Angeles Rams (2016-17), during which he made one reception for six yards. He was moved to the practice roster when the Riders finalized their roster at the end of training camp, but he may get a promotion soon depending on the status of Williams-Lambert.

The six-foot-three, 192-pound target registered 175 receptions for 2,435 yards and 29 touchdowns at Southeast Missouri State (2012-15) where he also played on the basketball team.

Star receivers Shaq Evans and Kyran Moore will be in the starting lineup when the Riders return to the field on Friday, but it’s unclear if they will be joined by Williams-Lambert or McRoberts.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.