Replacing Lance Frazier won't be easy
The Roughriders have another tough decision on their hands.
On the weekend, the team released defensive back Lance Frazier, now the question is who will take his spot on the field?
"You got to find more than one person," said defensive backs coach Barron Miles. "You have to find two or three guys to fill that role."
One thing is for sure, Miles and the entire coaching staff want fast and athletic players in the secondary this year.
"Big difference from last year," said Eddie Russ, who spent a little bit of time with the team last year. "They just expect so much from us, and make us raise our game."
For now, Russ appears to be in the lead when it comes to replacing Frazier, and his interception against Calgary certainly helps too.
"He's young, he's a guy that's gonna always improve and get better," said Miles "You just want to see growth."
While Frazier may be gone, he will still have an effect on the team this year.
"I still talk to him," said Russ. "Today, I should be going with him to talk about the game. Talk about some key points on what to look for here, what to look for there. Him going against Hamitlon, him going against (Andy) Fantuz."
Russ certainly isn't alone when it comes to potentially replacing Frazier. Terrell Maze has shown some flashes of brilliance so far as well, something that isn't lost on head coach Corey Chamblin.
"He's still learning this game, and he did and that's what helped him make the team," said Chamblin. "He had an injury coming out of training camp, and that's unfortunate, because he was one of the guys that would have pushed for a starting job."
As for Maze, he's happy to have finally found a home, after bouncing around the NFL and other leagues the last few years.
"I take chances, I like to make plays on the ball, hopefully I can do that in the game," said Maze. "More plays the defensive backs make the better we'll be."