There were lots of stories emerging from Griffiths Stadium on Thursday’s Day 5 of Saskatchewan Roughriders 2017 Training Camp presented by Coors Light. My favourite though, was the resurgence of quarterback Vince Young.
The household name shook off a rough day on Wednesday and came out chucking darts 24 hours later. Running with the “2’s”, Young fired touchdown passes to Desmond Reese and Josh Stanford, and was quick to high-five all of his offensive linemen after each play.
“You may have to ask Vince,” Rider Coach Chris Jones said when asked how Young flipped the switch. “He just seemed more comfortable today … maybe he just woke up on the right side of the bed. He was very comfortable in the huddle – it may have been the playcalling – we’ll have to go talk about it as a group, but his talents certainly looked a little bit different today than yesterday.
The battle for the top back-up job behind Kevin Glenn remains a spirited competition. Veteran Brandon Bridge struck paydirt on Thursday as well, and he continues to settle in.
“I thought Brandon’s had a solid camp,” Jones surmised. “There was only one day where I felt he didn’t play his best football. He’s best when he’s out there on the run but we just want to make sure he’s going through his progressions and not going to the run too early.”