Here come the reinforcements: Shaq Evans and Duke Williams both at Riders practice

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders appear to be getting some reinforcements in their receiving core.

According to 620 CKRM’s Derek Taylor, both Shaq Evans and Duke Williams were at practice today.

Evans has been out since Aug. 14 when he was hurt on Cody Fajardo’s touchdown run early in Saskatchewan’s win over the Ticats. He was making a block near the sideline when linebacker Simoni Lawrence fell on his leg, causing him to land awkwardly.

He made eight receptions for 87 in two games early this season.

Williams spent the past two years in the NFL as a member of the Buffalo Bills but was named a CFL all-star in 2018 after recording 88 catches for 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns in 18 games.

This should provide a boost for a Saskatchewan pass-catching group that has come under scrutiny from quarterback Cody Fajardo.

“50-50 balls are our nemesis. I watch everyone else throw these balls up and make catches, obviously I’m a little frustrated right now. It’s been one of those things, anytime it goes up, it seems to be a pick or an incompletion,” Fajardo said after the Riders 23-17 loss to the Stampeders on October 2nd.

Evans averaged 18.5 yards per reception in 2019, which established him as arguably the CFL’s best deep threat receiver. He recorded 72 catches for a team-leading 1,334 yards and five touchdowns in what was his first career 1,000-yard campaign.

Saskatchewan (5-4) takes on Calgary (5-5) in a huge West Division matchup on Saturday at McMahon Stadium.