Roughriders appear to have the roster they want
Change has been the theme of the Roughriders season.
Before it even began, there was a new head coach, a number of new assistant coaches, along with a number of new players. Training camp brought a new way of doing things, brought in even more new players, and saw some veterans go. Then came the regular season, and the changes didn't end there, even after a dominant win in week one over Hamilton . Every week, win or loss, someone was in, and someone was out, and not always because of injury.
This week, that is about to change. Chris Best will be playing centre for Dominic Picard and Woodny Turenne will return to the secondary after missing a few games because of injury. Other than that, changes will likely be fairly minimal .
"I can really tell you, unless barring injury, I think we have the guys in place that we want," said head coach Corey Chamblin.
So why now? Why not when the regular season started, why not sooner? Well all season, Chamblin has talked about breaking the season down into six game sections. Now the team is moving into that second six of the season.
"I'd have loved to have been 6-0 in the first six, but I'm very pleased with 3-3," said Chamblin. "Because some guys played their hearts out, but haven't played their minds out yet."
As the CFL pre-season is pretty short, Chamblin says that he treated the first six games as almost an extension of the pre-season, getting a chance to look at a few more players.
"That's what the first six is for, and we came out a .500 team," said Chamblin. "Looking at the second six, I went to the GM and said, I like our team."
The final round of changes appeared to have happened on Thursday, when defensive back Nick Graham and offensive lineman Chris Patrick were let go, and defensive back Milt Collins officially joined the team.