An anxious day for those vying to become Saskatchewan Roughriders is over.
The Riders made their final cuts on Saturday ahead of the league mandated deadline that night. In all over 20 players were let go, some of the more notable names include defensive back Eddie Russ, kicker Brody McKnight, and defensive linemen Mick Williams and Zach Evans.
Russ is out after re-signing with the Green and White in the off season. However, general manager Brendan Taman says Russ kind of got lost in the shuffle with the number of guys they brought into the secondary.
Thursday was a rather bland night for the Saskatchewan Roughriders offense.
Part of it was at times a lack of execution, other teams it was because of the rather straight forward play book it appears offensive coordinator George Cortez chose from, likely not willing to tip his hand much in meaningless pre-season games.
Without getting into too much detail, all training camp long heading into Thursday's game we've definitely seen a lot more trickery and more elaborate routes from the Riders in practice than we've seen in action so far.
The regular season hasn’t even started yet, but it seems that Rider fans are already looking forward to Grey Cup win this year.
The Riders lost their first home game at Mosaic Stadium Thursday with a pre-season match up against the Calgary Stampeders, but that didn’t dampen all hopes for a championship.
With a number of key roster moves made throughout the off-season, and the Grey Cup being hosted in Regina this year, fans like Andrew Johner were excited.
The weather held off enough, but the weather could have been the most interesting part of the Roughriders pre-season finale had something happened.
The Riders lost the game 24-23 to the Calgary Stampeders at Mosaic Stadium, a game that took a while to get going, and even featured 13 straight punts by both teams combined at one point in the first half.
A super debut headlines a number of big debuts tonight for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as they host the Calgary Stampeders.
It may be a pre-season game, but tonight's contest will be our first chance to get a look at Geroy Simon, Ricky Foley, and Rey Williams.
Of course not every debut is the same, as Williams is returning to Saskatchewan, Simon is making a move for the first time in a very long time, and Foley is looking to bounce back after a down year statistically.
"I'm excited, I know it's a pre-season game, we had a great camp," said Williams.
The move was made months ago....now Superman is finally set to land in Riderville.
Geroy Simon will finally make his green and white debut Thursday night as the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Calgary Stampeders at Mosaic Stadium (8 p.m., no television broadcast).
After sitting out last week, everyone is looking forward to seeing what Simon can bring to the Riders offense this year. As for how he'll feel running out of that tunnel on the otherside of the field for the first time, Simon isn't sure how it will feel, but he's looking forward to it.
After an up and down season with the Saskatoon Blades, Lorne Molleken has stepped down as head coach.
Associate coach Dave Struch will take over after Molleken announced his departure today.
“I knew as a pro player I wanted to be a coach when I was done," said Struch.
You can hear the difference in the Roughriders secondary this year.
Yes, hear the difference.
Last week at training camp in Saskatoon the howls began, and you couldn't miss it. The defensive backfield has dubbed themselves, the wolf pack.
"Wolves ride together, so figured the secondary needs to stick together," said defensive back Dwight Anderson.
Unless there's another quarterback being brought in, Tino Sunseri has made the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
On Monday the Riders announced their first eight cuts, and among them was quarterback Levi Brown, who spent last season on the injured list. With Brown no longer on the roster, that leaves the Riders with only three pivots, Darian Durant, Drew Willy and Sunseri.
The first pre-season game Friday was enough for the Roughriders to make some decisions about the roster.
On the list of players cut from the team include: quarterback Levi Brown, non-import linebacker Aaron Crawford, and import defensive lineman Kenny Rowe.
Other cuts include: wide receiver Phillip Livas, import linebacker Anthony Heygood, import running back Stephfon Green, import defensive back Chip Vaughn and non-import defensive lineman David Rybinski.
Offensive lineman Patrick Neufeld and Mike McCullough were placed on the nine game injured list.