The night before helping lead his Regina Rams to a victory over Alberta, Noah Picton like many others watched the performance of Riders QB Brandon Bridge with great interest.
Bridge became the first Canadian to start at quarterback for the Riders since 1977, and he became the first CFL quarterback in over 30 years to throw three touchdown passes in a game as the Riders beat the Ti-Cats 27-19 which is something Picton and many others noticed as the quest to get Canadian quarterbacks into the CFL continues.
The 2016 Hec Crighton Award winner as the most outstanding football player in the country is seen by many to be a longshot to make the CFL despite his eye-popping numbers which have continued through three games this season.
“I haven’t really given the CFL too much thought but, at the end of the day, if a team believed in you and actually gave you an opportunity to come out there and compete, then why wouldn’t you?” Picton said after the team’s win over Alberta in which he threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns.
Right now in the CFL, the only two Canadian quarterbacks are Bridge and Calgary Stampeders back-up Andrew Buckley. Picton says those two are paving the way for what he hopes is more.
“I had a chance to play against Buckley, and he’s one of the best pro players I’ve ever gone against,” Picton said. ” He’s one of those guys who is good enough to be there, so it’s no surprise that he’s making it. With them kind of leading the way, it’s opening the door for the rest of us.”
The Rams will be back on home turf Saturday afternoon against Manitoba in a 2 o’clock start as they look to improve to 2-1.