The Roughriders scaled Thursday’s Day 12 of Training Camp down to one padded session at Griffiths Stadium. The club is making final preparations for Saturday’s home preseason game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7:00 pm, 620 CKRM).
It was sunny and 26 degrees for the workout with a 16 km/h breeze.
Bryan Bennett, Brandon Bridge and Marquise Williams took the bulk of the reps at quarterback. Vince Young was absent again, while Kevin Glenn watched for the team periods. The team still hasn’t set its QB rotation for Saturday.
“Not yet,” offered Riders Head Coach Chris Jones. “I’m gonna talk to them today and tomorrow after the walk-through. It’s not like we’re trying to hide anything. We just have to decide exactly how we’re going to utilize the guys. There’s really only three options for us now so it’s between those three to go out and play and move the football for us.”
Having said that, #1 pivot Kevin Glenn isn’t going to get the night off.
“He’s going to dress,” Jones continued. “Everybody’s going to dress. We don’t do that stuff where we sit a guy out and he sits over there in a ball cap and he talks to the fans. We don’t do that type thing. He’s going to dress, help coach those young kids, and be eyes for them.”
It’s my guess that Bryan Bennett will start, and he’ll have the added bonus having spent last year on the Blue Bombers’ practice roster, going against Richie Hall’s defense in practice.
“Richie’s a coach who’s been in this league a long time,” Bennett said Thursday. “He has his base. It’s the preseason and you want to evaluate guys so you might see a little more man coverage. That’s just something where you gotta get up there, get your pre-snap read and execute based on what they give you.
“They’re not going to bring too much. In the redzone they might zero you or bring some six-man pressure but not a ton. I’d like to think that I’ve probably seen everything that they’ll do.”
Kickers Tyler Crapigna and Quinn Van Gylswyk got the day off, opening the door for Regina Thunder kicker Kris Calcutt to work with the big club on Thursday. Chris Jones said Calcutt “did a real nice job”, and perfectly executed an onside kick. Bennett even tried his hand at punting.