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Saskatchewan Roughriders

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

GAME DAY: Bubble players get one more chance to show their stuff

It could be the most important evening in the careers of some young football players.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Edmonton Eskimos tonight at Mosaic Stadium as the pre-season comes to a close. It's game that might not excite all fans, but for some players fighting for jobs, it's a game that could literally change the path of their entire career.

Head coach Corey Chamblin had a message for players who may currently be in the bubble heading into the game.

Riders running back battle too close to call

There are still a number of jobs to be won on the 46-man roster for the Riders but none are more interesting and competitive than finding the man who will carry the rock.

Since Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets signed with the Oakland Raiders in the off-season, the question has been who will run the ball for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2014. The contenders were narrowed down by two last week after Curtis McNeal and Clifton Smith were released after the Riders first pre-season game. Now it's down to Keith Toston, Anthony Allen and Jermaine Thomas.

Riders face test from Mother Nature

Mother Nature threw a wrench into the Riders plans Wednesday morning.

Rather than their usual 11:30 a.m. start time for practice, the team had to push practice back about an hour due to lightning - their last practice of the week before walk through on Thursday ahead of Friday's pre-season final against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Practice is always a no-go when lightning is in the area so when practice time came around, Mosaic Stadium sat empty.

Jordan Sisco confident despite setbacks, increased competition

It could be time for Roughriders receiver Jordan Sisco to either stand up or sit down.

Sisco is coming into his fourth season with the green and white after being picked up in the second round of the 2010 draft. But it has hardly been an easy ride for the former University of Regina Ram.

Sisco's career got off to a promising start when he signed with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. However, that didn't work out and Sisco has been struggling ever since.

Riders defensive interior remains a work in progress

It's not surprising that the defensive interior remains a relatively large question mark after the Saskatchewan Roughriders' first pre-season game.

Most of the team's losses during the off season were on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive linemen Keith Shologan and Zack Evans were picked by Ottawa in the expansion draft and Jermaine McElveen re-signed with the Montreal Alouettes. The only player remaining from the starting interior is Tearrius George.

Tino Sunseri looking for bounce back game

Tino Sunseri is suddenly getting a bit of a push from below.

The second-year quarterback didn't exactly have the start he was looking for on Saturday against the RedBlacks completing just two of his four pass attempts for 16 yards in the first quarter.

"Whenever you step on to the field for the first time you obviously need to get back into the rhythm of things," said Sunseri.

While Sunseri looked average in his first start of his second season, the pivots below him caught some attention.

Darian Durant getting comfortable with new weapons

Darian Durant is learning on the fly this year.

With the on-going injury to Chris Getzlaf, the veteran pivot is dealing with three new starting receivers at his disposal with his eyes mostly on Ryan Smith, Eron Riley and Brett Swain so far.

When Durant made his way into the second quarter of Saturday's game, he made everything look easy; he was perfect on his first drive ending in a touchdown to Swain. However, a lot of work went into making it look so easy.

VIDEO: New Mosaic Stadium construction officially begins

Construction is now underway for the new Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

On Monday morning, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere was joined by representatives from the province, Roughriders, PCL Management Inc, Mosaic Company and the Regina Exhibition Association to break ground at the site of the new stadium.

"The site is ready to go," Fougere told the media following the ground breaking. "all the underground work has been done and we're ready to start digging the big hole."

Riders make first round of cuts

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced their first round of cuts.

All teams across the CFL had to be down to 65-man rosters plus non-counters as of 10 p.m. Saskatchewan time on Sunday night.

Riders down RedBlacks 21-17 in pre-season opener

At the end of the day the outcome didn't really matter, but the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders season is off on the right foot.

At times it even felt like 2013 with the Riders starting slowly but ultimately finding their way in a 21-17 win over the Ottawa RedBlacks at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday.

The game was far more important for evaluating what the players can do. Coaching staff and fans learned a few things about new players and got to see an apparent battle brewing for kick returner.

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