Jeremiah Masoli will start at quarterback for Ticats against Riders in Week 2

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will start Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 2.

Masoli and the Ticats travel to Regina for a match-up with the Riders on Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET.

“Jeremiah is going to start for us this week. Jeremiah will be our quarterback running out there,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

Masoli started the season opener in Winnipeg completing 24-of-41 passes (58.5 percent) for 242 yards with one touchdown against two interceptions in a 19-6 loss to the Blue Bombers.

Masoli went up-tempo on the first possession of the game, and it appeared as though Hamilton was going to light up the home scoreboard. However, Masoli’s 37-yard touchdown connection with Jaelon Acklin accounted for the only points for the Black and Gold all night.

“I do understand that the quarterback position is the most important position, in my opinion, on the football field. Jeremiah did some good things, he did some things that he probably would want to take back,” Steinauer said.

“We didn’t score enough points, it’s hard to win in this league in general, it’s extremely hard when you don’t score points. There’s one goal and that’s to win, we didn’t get that done, but we can learn the lesson, we won’t lose that portion.”

Masoli was missing 2019 CFL all-star Bralon Addison and free agent signee DeVier Posey against the Bombers and he’ll be without both, due to lower body injuries, prized targets again in the Saskatchewan capital.

Reigning CFL MOP Brandon Banks was limited in practice on Tuesday due to illness but he should suit up versus the green and white. Banks went to Tim Hortons Field on Monday believing there was practice, but after arriving he found out it was an off day.

“He’s a competitor, he just wants to win, he just wants to be the best that he can be. He’s an emotional guy, he’s alway been that way, that’s what he brings to the table,” Steinauer said.

“When you watch him practice, it’s been constant since I’ve been around, he’s not afraid of the practice field and you know what he can do when the lights are on.”

Under the glow at Mosaic Stadium, Masoli, Banks and Steinauer will try to avoid an 0-2 start to the 2021 CFL season.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.