‘He did a good job’: Rolan Milligan impresses Craig Dickenson enough to maybe use him in 2021 CFL playoffs

Photo courtesy: Ryan McCullough/Ticats.ca

The Saskatchewan Roughriders didn’t care about their regular season finale and anyone watching could sure tell.

The 24-3 loss in Hamilton had all the looks of a squad mailing it in, more interested in a hot shower than chasing two points in the standings.

Head coach Craig Dickenson said the biggest accomplishment was the gathering of film to review in the off-season of players who will be competing for jobs next year. There was one guy who stood out to the coach as someone who could help the green and white on their playoff run in the next three weeks.

“The one guy I noticed a little bit was 32, [Rolan] Milligan,” Dickenson said. “I thought he did a good job.”

Milligan, a CFL rookie defensive back making his first ever appearance in a Rider uniform, came through with five defensive tackles including an impressive first quarter blitz, sacking Jeremiah Masoli, dropping the Ticat quarterback for a nine-yard loss.

Although it was his first ever match north of the border, the 27-year-old Milligan is hardly a pro football rookie at all. In fact, before signing with the Roughriders last month, Milligan had already played 11 regular season and one playoff game with the Indianapolis Colts.

It is unlikely the Riders will have room to use him in this coming Sunday’s Western Semi-Final against Calgary, but should they advance to play in the West Final at Winnipeg, that could change.

Saskatchewan’s defensive secondary is loaded but it appears as though their scouting department, led by assistant general manager Paul Jones and player personnel director Kyle Carson, have found Dickenson and defensive coordinator Jason Shivers an insurance policy, should they put together any kind of playoff run at all.

Brendan McGuire has covered the CFL since 2006 in radio and print. Based in Regina, he has a front-row view of Rider Nation.