BRADENTON, FL – Message sent. Veteran Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros is not interested in answering any questions about the knee injury which ended his MVP-type season in 2015 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
After the first day of the Riders’ annual Florida minicamp in Bradenton on Tuesday, Collaros was asked if there’s anything he needs to prove or improve in this 2-day event.
“Uh, no,” Collaros scoffed, rolling his eyes in the process.
He was further asked if he needs to “test” himself physically this week.
“Test what?” Collaros answered. We subsequently reminded him of the knee injury. “That was in 2015. I feel good. That was a long time ago so my knee’s good.”
Sensing a scab to be picked, reporters asked the 29-year old pivot if the knee topic is a sore spot with him.
“It doesn’t stick in my craw really but every interview, I get asked it,” Collaros offered. “I have to continue to answer it.”
As for Day 1 of the camp itself, Collaros enjoyed himself in the Florida sunshine.
“It was great!” Collaros said, quickly turning to a smile. “It was great to be back out on the football field. There’s a lotta guys competing for jobs out here so it’s exciting to be around. It’s beautiful down here and, again, it’s nice to be back out spinning the ball a little bit.
“I felt great this morning. Kind of a long day. Not for me really, but the other guys were doing a lot of running. I kind of sympathize for them! But ya, I feel good physically. Mentally, I’ve been in a similar offense before so I’m in a good place.”
Collaros has been through many of these types of camps before, and knows what the rookies at all other positions are going through.
“It’s tough because they’re trying to play fast, but you’re also trying to learn four days of install in two days,” Collaros explained. “But they’ve done a great job. I haven’t had to do much directing. They’ve done a really good job. Today we gave them some cards so they knew what to do pre-snap and I’m not sure if they’ll make it more difficult for them tomorrow. But they’ve done a real good job.”
As for the man in charge, Roughriders Head Coach & GM Chris Jones was pleased with the first day of workouts.
“I thought it had a lot of energy,” Jones offered. “The QBs threw the ball real well and got in and out of the huddle efficiently. That’s kind of the battle first day; recognizing all the formations and the looks. The offense and QBs did a real nice job. Unfortunately we had a few guys go down today so we had to watch their legs a little bit. Defensively we found some guys that can man cover and that’s what we’re looking for.”
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