The Saskatchewan Roughriders recently wrapped practice at Mosaic Stadium. Here are some of the things that stood out:
– Linebacker Abraham Kromah and defensive back Tristan Jackson, both of whom watched most of Tuesday’s practice, were back on the field with the first-team defence Wednesday.
– Right tackle Chris Patrick worked with the starting offence throughout the practice, which suggests that he doesn’t face any game-related discipline in light of his disqualification from Friday’s 43-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Patrick didn’t come out of Wednesday’s practice unscathed, though; he suffered a right leg injury late in the workout. However, he resumed practising after taking a couple of snaps off.
– Head coach Corey Chamblin reiterated that rookie Ben Heenan is to start at right guard Sunday against the Edmonton Eskimos in place of Chris Best, who remains out with a foot injury. Chamblin said the Roughriders hope to have Best back on the field soon in hopes of getting him back into game shape.
– At one point during the practice, Chamblin yelled, “Let’s go!” about eight times in a row. Asked after practice if he was displeased with the players’ effort, Chamblin said the purpose of his words was to keep the players on their toes and to keep complacency out of their minds.
– Defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall said his unit — with its play in Hamilton — answered many of the questions that had been raised about the defence over the off-season. That said, he admitted the defence caught some breaks against the Tiger-Cats, including a holding penalty that wiped out a long touchdown reception by Tiger-Cats receiver Chris Williams. Overall, Hall said he was “encouraged” by the defence’s play.
– Workers continue to swarm over the bleachers at either end of the stadium in preparation for Sunday’s home opener. The north-end seats, some of which broke during the Roughriders’ home pre-season game, appear to be repaired and the railings along the sides of the temporary stands appear to have been lowered. Construction continues on the corporate suites that are being installed at the top of both the north- and south-end stands.
– The ribbon boards along the facing of the east-side grandstand Wednesday were displaying the words “fast,” “aggressive,” “discipline” and “unity.” Unfortunately, the third word was spelled “dicipline” for the first hour of practice before it was changed.
That’s about it. For stories on the defence, defensive back Eddie Russ and tailback Kory Sheets, turn to Thursday’s Leader-Post.