A report and some random thoughts from Wednesday’s Riders practice at Mosaic Stadium:
- WR Rob Bagg met with the media for the first time since being placed on the nine-game injured list last Thursday with a torn left ACL. Bagg said he decided to undergo the surgery, which may or may not mean the end of his season. Bagg still wants to play in the future and feels the best way for that to take place is by having the surgery. When that will take place is yet to be determined. He will have the surgery in Regina. There will be more on Bagg online later and in Thursday’s Leader-Post.
- The Riders continue to shuffle players in and out with the first-team offence and defence. Terence Jeffers-Harris has looked good at slotback and I expect he’ll be on the 46-man roster. The same goes for Taj Smith. The Riders need to find more receiving options than Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf and this is part of the process.
- The Riders added import receiver Brooks Foster on Wednesday. Foster was a basketball and football player at the University of North Carolina. Head coach Corey Chamblin said the Foster looks like a CFL slotback and will likely play that position. Foster won’t play Saturday against the Tiger-Cats.
- Offensive co-ordinator Bob Dyce spent time in the stands talking and calling plays with the quarterbacks through the radio. It’s a smart move and helps prepare the quarterbacks for the real thing when the game starts.
- Today’s practice was closed to the public, but George Reed was on hand. The Riders don’t have to worry about George publishing their secrets online.
- CB Woodny Turenne and DB Eddie Russ won’t play Saturday due to injuries. Nick Graham and Tristan Jackson will be on the corners and Terrell Maze saw time at defensive halfback. There were also a multitude of different looks with different players in the secondary as well.