GLENN “50/50 AT BEST” FOR EDMONTON GAME

July 27th, 2015

Saskatchewan Roughriders General Manager Brendan Taman updated the status of quarterback Kevin Glenn during his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM’s SportsCage on Monday. Glenn was injured in the second half of Sunday’s 31-21 home loss to Hamilton and did not play the fourth quarter.

We asked Taman if his 36-year old quarterback will be able to start Friday’s game at Edmonton.

“You’ll hate the answer I’m going to give you but I have to give it to you honestly,” Taman said. “At best it’s 50/50.

“He was in this morning. He’s pretty sore. Obviously we’re putting him through some tests and whatnot. We’re waiting to get some results. I know he’s not 100%. I can guarantee that right now.”

Taman declined to disclose the nature of the injury nor on what play he was injured. He did admit Glenn took a pounding in the game.

“To be honest with you it had nothing to do with the refs,” Taman said. “They brought a lot of different looks for us and they got pressure on our quarterback. Every hit was legal – I have no problem with the hits – he just took a lot of them. We just need to turn that around and get that on our side, with the opposing quarterbacks.”

TICATS 31 RIDERS 21

July 26th, 2015

REGINA – Backup quarterback Jeff Mathews’ one-yard touchdown plunge midway through the fourth quarter put Hamilton ahead for good as the Tiger-Cats handed the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 31-21 loss on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.

The loss kept the Riders (0-5) winless to start the 2015 CFL season. The Tiger-Cats improved to 2-2.

Mathews’ score gave Hamilton a 26-21 lead. Zach Collaros added the two-point convert when he found Bakari Grant in the back corner of the end zone for 28-21 advantage with seven minutes to go.

The Riders were forced to pin their hopes of a come-from-behind win on rookie quarterback Brett Smith, who filled in for an injured Kevin Glenn at the start of the final quarter. The Riders had a 21-20 lead when Smith entered the game.

Justin Medlock kicked his fifth field goal of the game, a 40-yard boot, to give Hamilton a 10-point lead with less than two minutes remaining.

Saskatchewan took the lead on its first offensive possession of the game when Paul McCallum kicked a 29-yard field goal.

(The Canadian Press)

RIDER MOVES

July 22nd, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following transactions:

Agreed to Terms:
· International defensive back Alex Suber

Activated to Roster:
· International receiver Ryan Smith

Transfer to 6-Game Injured List:
· National receiver Seydou Junior Haidara

Release:
· National linebacker Akwasi Antwi
· International defensive back Marrio Norman

Suber (5’7″ – 173) will join the Riders after spending his first four CFL seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before joining the Toronto Argonauts for 2014. Through 73 career regular season games the Middle Tennessee State product has collected 249 defensive tackles, 28 special teams tackles, 13 pass knockdowns and two interceptions – one of which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown.

TAMAN WON’T MAKE EXCUSES

July 21st, 2015

In his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM’s SportsCage on Monday, Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman said the cure to the team’s ails is simple; start playing better.

Taman didn’t blame injuries, the new CFL rules or officiating for the team’s four game losing streak to open the 2015 campaign. Simply put, they need to fix their errors.

“We gotta win a game!” Taman said. “That’s what this all comes down to. We can digest everything we want but until we win a game, it’s not going to matter.”

At times – in all three phases of the game – certain things have gone wrong which have led to the club losing all four games by a combined 12 points. And little things add up to big things.

“It’s not like there’s a lot of major issues we have to address,” Taman explained. “But there’s a lot of little things that can creep up and bite you during a game which have done that. We’ve got to get that fixed.”

One of those things is allowing B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay to rush for over 100 yards in Friday’s 27-24 loss to the visiting Lions.

“We gotta clean that up, there’s no doubt about it,” Taman said. “But we didn’t play well enough to win and that’s the bottom line. When you do that, you’re not going to get any breaks, any favours, any calls or whatever you want to make up. We just have to be better. That’s the bottom line and we all have to be, from me on down.”

Taman also disclosed the team will be adding 5-year veteran CFL defensive back Alex Suber to the practice roster. The former Blue Bomber has been brought in due to an ankle injury to veteran corner/returner Tristan Jackson. The injury is believed to be serious enough that Jackson will miss this Sunday’s home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5:00 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).

LIONS 27 RIDERS 24

July 18th, 2015

REGINA – Rookie A.C. Leonard caught two touchdown passes from Travis Lulay and the B.C. Lions handed the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 27-24 loss on Friday – their fourth consecutive defeat to start the season.

The Lions have won two straight games, both at the hands of the Riders, and improved to 2-1. The Riders remain the lone winless team in the CFL at 0-4.

A valiant effort by the Riders in the fourth quarter saw the home team outscore the Lions 13-7, but Saskatchewan couldn’t recover an onside kick with 36 seconds remaining. B.C. would run out the clock for the win.

After a low-scoring first half played in a steady rain, the teams combined for 18 points in the third quarter.

Shaq Murray-Lawrence returned the second-half kickoff 66 yards into Saskatchewan territory. On the Lions’ first offensive snap, Andrew Harris rushed up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown to give B.C. a 16-4 lead.

The Riders responded with a drive of their own, capped by a 16-yard touchdown reception from Chris Getzlaf. Jerome Messam set up the score with 48 yards rushing on four carries.

(The Canadian Press)

CHAMBLIN RESPONDS

July 14th, 2015

During a lengthy session with reporters following Tuesday’s closed Roughrider practice, head coach Corey Chamblin was asked how he’s able to keep a thick skin amidst all the criticism around the team and its 0-3 start.

“There’s two podiums waiting at the end of the year: a championship podium or a cross,” Chamblin began. “And I’m prepared for either one of them. If the fans want a new coach, they can get that ‘cuz I’m prepared. What I say by that is I do my best and if they’re short-tempered and they want to move on, that’s up to management and them. At the end of the day I’ll still work and I’ll still be a great coach whether it’s here in Saskatchewan this year or somewhere else next year or the next couple years.

“To be honest I don’t give a damn about that. When they want to come work and put the work in, then they can get the results. Right now we’re doing some good things but at the end of the day, just stay patient. When we get that championship, just make sure the guys that want on our team get on that boat with us.”

Chamblin also said the thought of being fired doesn’t even cross his mind when he lays down at night. All he asks from GM Brendan Taman is that he be honest with him regarding where he stands.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed international defensive back Geoff Tisdale to the roster. As per club policy details of the contracts were not released.

Tisdale (5’11 – 195) is entering his eighth CFL season after originally joining the league with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008 where he played his first three seasons. The Pittsburgh State product played the 2011 season with the Calgary Stampeders, returned to Hamilton for 2012, then spent the last two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes after signing with them in February, 2013 as a free agent.

Through 114 career games, the 29-year-old has collected 291 defensive tackles and 29 interceptions with four returned for touchdowns. He is a two-time East Division All-Star (2013, 14) and was named a CFL All-Star in 2013 after leading the league with seven interceptions.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

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Veteran cornerback Paul Woldu is also practicing with the team, wearing #12. His old #21 is occupied by Geoff Tisdale.

LIONS 35 RIDERS 32 (OT)

July 11th, 2015

VANCOUVER – Manny Arceneaux caught a four-yard touchdown from Travis Lulay in overtime as the B.C. Lions picked up their first win of the season with a 35-32 comeback victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday.

Former Lions kicker Paul McCallum booted a 33-yard field goal to put Saskatchewan (0-3) up 32-29 in overtime before Lulay hooked up with Arceneaux for the winning points.

B.C. was down 11 with 1:38 to go in the fourth quarter, but Lulay hooked up with Austin Collie for a touchdown and two-point convert before Richie Leone booted a club-record 56-yard field goal, his fifth of the night, to tie the score with 15 seconds left after Saskatchewan turned the ball over on downs.

Weston Dressler caught two touchdowns for Saskatchewan (0-3), which has lost back-to-back games in overtime and will host the Lions in the rematch next Friday night.

Kevin Glenn made his second straight start for the Roughriders after No. 1 quarterback Darian Durant ruptured his left Achillies tendon in Saskatchewan’s opener. Anthony Allen and short-yardage QB Brett Smith accounted for the other Saskatchewan touchdowns.

Lulay made his first start at B.C. Place Stadium since September 2013 following two seasons marred by injuries to his throwing shoulder. He finished with three TD tosses, including one to Rollie Lumbala.

(The Canadian Press)

ARGOS 42 RIDERS 40 (2 OT)

July 5th, 2015

REGINA – Trevor Harris threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tori Gurley and then hooked up with running back Anthony Coombs on a three-yard strike for the two-point conversion as the Toronto Argonauts pulled off a 42-40 double-overtime upset against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of a shocked crowd of 31,907 fans at Mosaic Stadium.

Toronto (2-0) fielded the ball first in the double-overtime session.

Saskatchewan (0-2) had a chance to tie the game after QB Kevin Glenn connected with Chris Getzlaf for a 25-yard touchdown on the next drive, but Glenn just missed Getzlaf on the ensuing two-point convert.

Harris went 30 for 38 with 267 yards and four touchdowns and one interception in the game, while Owens led Toronto receivers with eight catches for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Glenn was equally effective for the Riders, going 33 for 40 for 477 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Ryan Smith for the Riders led all receivers with eight catches for 174 yards and one touchdown.

(The Canadian Press)

RIDERS BRINGING BACK MCCALLUM

July 1st, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have agreed to terms to add national kicker Paul McCallum to the team.

McCallum (5’11 – 190) is a veteran of 22 CFL seasons after originally entering the league in 1993. Through 325 career regular season games the Vancouver native has connected on 689 of 858 field goal attempts (80.3%) and a current running CFL record 792 consecutive convert attempts. He currently sits second in CFL all-time scoring with 3,022 points.

Last season, the 45-year-old made 38 of 42 field goal attempts for a league high 90.5% completion rate in 18 regular season games with the BC Lions. He was named a 2014 West Division All-Star.

This will be McCallum’s second tour of duty with the Green and White after previously spending 12 seasons (1994-2005) with the team where he played 172 regular season games.

He is a five-time West Division All-Star (2003, 07, 10-11, 14), two-time CFL All-star (2010-11) and two time Grey Cup champion (2006, 2011).

RIDERS WELCOME BACK SUNSERI

July 1st, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international quarterback Tino Sunseri has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Sunseri spent the last two seasons with the Riders after originally signing with the team in May, 2013. The University of Pittsburgh product played all 18 games in his rookie season, listed as the third string quarterback, totaling 167 passing yards on 14 completions.

Last season, Sunseri dressed for all 18 regular season games – starting four – completing 73 of 123 attempts for 1,140 yards and six touchdowns.

Sunseri won the 2013 Grey Cup as a member of the Riders.