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.
From the dressing room to head office, the Saskatoon Blades announced today Steve ‘Hilty’ Hildebrand has been named as the team’s new assistant general manager.
“It’s obviously exciting and I believed down the road I wanted to do and it obviously has come a little bit sooner than expected,” said Hildebrand, who served as the team’s trainer for the past 13 seasons. “It's a fresh start and I look forward to building this organization and we're going to do whatever we can to be successful."
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.
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.
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 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 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.
A 15-year veteran NHL player from Rosthern has finally won the Stanley Cup.
After being sidelined in the playoffs with a knee injury, Robyn Regehr was not on the ice when Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez scored in double overtime. Yet Regehr was honoured to be the second player to hoist the Stanley Cup when captain Dustin Brown passed it to him after the game.
Edith and Ron Regehr, Robyn’s parents, were in the stands at the Staples Center when Brown made the decision. Edith said they were proud and excited.
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."
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.