– The Riders two-a-day workouts went from 8:30 am ET to around 12:30 pm ET, covering four hours.
– Veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn didn’t participate in the pass skeleton sessions, but did throw in the individual periods. He wasn’t ailing, or hurt. The 37-year old pivot told us afterwards the coaches wanted to spread the reps around the other four quarterbacks.
– Aside from the absence of Glenn, the quarterback depth chart remained the same as Day 1: Brandon Bridge, Vince Young, Bryan Bennett and Jake Heaps. All are familiar with the CFL game as Bennett spent time with the Blue Bombers last year and Heaps with the Eskimos.
– In the early morning period the offense owned the day, at one point completing 17 consecutive passes (mostly underneath). The play which broke the sequence up was Vince Young holding onto the football – seeing no one open – and the air horn ended the play. The completion percentages were high and all QBs performed well.
– Miami Dolphins 2011 draftee Daniel Thomas, a 6’2″, 230 lb running back, participated in the minicamp for the first time after working out in the Play-In Tryout on the weekend. He’s a Jerome Messam-type of back, and looked sharp.
– The standout on offense, for me on Day 2, was WR #86 Dezmond Reece (5’10”, 172 lbs, Tuskegee). He made several acrobatic grabs, many of them in traffic.
– On defense, linebackers #97 Gary Wilkins (Furman) and #51 Alexandre Gagne (Sherbrooke) stood out. In fact Riders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones barked out at one point, “97 and 51 can’t take all the reps!” The pair was quick to jump in on plays as much as they could, impressing the coaching staff by their eagerness.
– #27 DB Zavian Bingham (Jackson St) had another solid day, picking off Vince Young.
– The Riders’ Jeremy O’Day pointed out after the workout that the staff is particularly impressed by the group of defensive backs.
– Once again we’ll be broadcasting the SportsCage live at 4:00 pm Sask Time on 620 CKRM from Dodgertown. Our guests include Rider President Craig Reynolds along with Jeremy O’Day and John Murphy.