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Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a Canadian Football League team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, founded in 1910.

Riders offence remains under construction

For the second straight week, the Riders will deploy a receiver set that includes three slotbacks with little experience.

Chris Getzlaf will once again be out of the line-up this week meaning Brett Swain, Ryan Smith and Eron Rilly will be Darian Durant's slotbacks against the B.C. Lions.

The same group lined up against the Toronto Argonauts last week with little success. Two are in their first year in the CFL with Riley only coming into his sophmore year. Despite their lack of experience, Durant knows chemestry with any receiver just takes time.

Riders wish list includes new leaders

With movement on the Riders' roster, the head coach is hoping to see some new leadership emerge in the locker room.

"I believe with a group of men, they're all men first, they can all lead each other by doing things right and keeping each other accountable," Corey Chamblin told reporters on Wednesday.

Leadership comes in many forms; there's the obvious vocal leader, but there's also leading by example. In order for a team to be successful, you need to have a good mix of both.

Riders roster going through changes

Changes are coming to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

As the Riders took to the field for their first practice after being stomped by the Argos 48-15, it became clear that running back Anthony Allen was going to have some company this week in the back field with Hugh Charles.

"There's a great chance that Hugh Charles will work in there," said Head Coach Corey Chamblin. "There's a very good chance of that."

Dwight Anderson traded to Argos

It didn't last long but the Dwight Anderson era is over in Riderville.

The Riders dealt the outspoken and charismatic defensive back to the Toronto Argonauts on Monday for a conditional pick in the 2015 CFL draft.

Speculation started running wild online immediately following the deal as to why it was made: Were there problems in the locker room? On the sidelines?

At the end of the day, Head Coach Corey Chamblin felt that both the team and Anderson needed a change.

Argos thump Riders 48-15

The Saskatchewan Roughriders 48-15 loss to the Toronto Argonauts showed a much different team than Rider fans saw during the opening game of the season.

Unlike last week, the Riders came out of the gate slow and never gained momentum. The problems didn't start when the team hit the field on Saturday either, according to the head coach.

"We knew during the week we didn't have the best practices," said Corey Chamblin. "We didn't think the game would turn out this way. You got to be perfect against a team like Toronto, you have to be perfect against Ricky Ray."

GAME DAY: Riders vs Argos depth chart

The Riders are on the road for the first time this year as they take on the Argos in Toronto.

Only a few changes have been made to the team's depth chart this week with receiver Alex Anthony coming on for injured receiver Chaz Schilens. Brett Swain has also moved over to Chris Getzlaf's spot on the field as he won't play ins this game.

The Green Zone Game Day gets going bright an early at 8 a.m. with Game Day with Wray, follow by the Green Zone pre-game show, the Fan Zone during the game and the Green Zone post-game show after the final whistle.

GAME DAY: Riders battle Argos in first road game of 2014

The Riders are hoping to keep the good times rolling in Toronto as they continue their regular season against the Argonauts.

This game will be the first time all year that the team will be tested with a road game as both pre-season affairs and the regular season opener were all at Mosaic Stadium.

"The distractions of the road, playing a Ricky Ray at quarterback, playing a defensive staff that got under us pretty good last year when they were in Winnipeg. There's a lot of different tests and things to be answered this week," said Chamblin.

Riders sack attack aided by secondary

All week the Riders defensive line has been praised left, right and centre for the 10 sacks picked up against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

While well deserved, it takes a lot more than just four guys to achieve that number. The Riders secondary deserves credit for coverage sacks they were able to create.

"There was a lot of coverage sacks out there, but there was a lot out there when the d-line pinned down and got after the quarterback," said defensive back Dwight Anderson. "I'd say about half and half."

Riders offensive line still expects more

The Riders offensive line appears to have picked up where it left off in 2013.

The unit made up of Ben Heenan, Chris Best, Dominic Picard, Brendon LaBatte and Xavier Fulton are considered by many to be one of the best in the league; they keep quarterback Darian Durant on his feet and keep most running backs a 100 yard rusher.

They did it again on Sunday night as Anthony Allen rushed for 158 yards in his CFL debut and they keep Darian Durant clean if not for the rain that soaked his jersey.

But they're not satisfied just yet.

Old school football prevails in Riders 31-10 thrashing of Hamilton

On a night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders honoured the past, the team repeated it with a 31-10 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to open the 2014 regular season.

The Riders proved to be too much for the Ti-Cats, just like they were in November when the home team won the Grey Cup. Yet again, the green and white picked up the win with smothering defence and a dominant running game.

When all was said and don,e the defence had recorded 10 sacks, and new running back Anthony Allen ran for 158 yards in his first regular-season CFL game.

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