Here are some observations and random thoughts after the Riders’ final official preparations for Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos:
- There are still approximately 2,500 seats remaining for the game. The game won’t be blacked out, but if you want to experience everything game day has to offer, there is still a good chance to take in the game.
- The Riders will start Terrell Maze and Woodny Turenne at cornerback on Sunday. Maze starts for Tristan Jackson (knee) and Turenne takes over for a struggling Nick Graham. Maze and Turenne both worked with the first-team defence on Friday. Riders head coach Corey Chamblin said that Graham will have to earn his starting spot back. They are still determining if Graham will be on the active roster.
- It appears that DE David Veikune will be on the active roster. He brings a little more beef to the line. How they will get him on the roster is still being determined.
- I don’t anticipate any changes to the starting 12 on offence. Chamblin said it’s not a sign of satisfaction after last Friday’s lop-sided win over the Tiger-Cats. He’s still looking for more. One of those players would be rookie running back Kory Sheets. Chamblin had a chat with Sheets after practice and the gist of the conversation was he expects Sheets to play faster and be better assignment-wise. Sheets is an explosive runner and effective out of the backfield. I think he needs to improve on his blocking, but that should come with more time studying video. Right now it’s fun watching Sheets with the ball.
- James Patrick reminded me Friday that is a 24-hour rule in football. That’s how long players have to ruminate on their last game whether it’s win or a loss. Then it’s on to the next game. Good thing that rule doesn’t apply to the media because we keep looking back while looking forward to the next game. I try to set up Sunday’s game by looking back at some of the things that took place in 2011. The Riders have only won one game, but they have already made strides to reducing 2011 to a distant memory. You’ll have to check online later or in Saturday’s Leader-Post for details for more.
As usual there is a lot more on the way. If you followed me on Twitter, you probably knew most of this by now.