Despite their first unbeaten pre-season in 16 years the Saskatchewan Roughriders are taking a cautiously optimistic approach heading into Sunday’s season opener in Edmonton.
Roughriders Head Coach Craig Dickenson made his weekly appearance on the Sports Cage Monday and reminded fans to not to get overly excited about the pre-season. ” We want to be enthusiastic and positive but we also need to be realistic. Pre-season football isn’t always a good gauge on where you’re at skill set wise compared to other teams because a lot of clubs don’t dress many regulars.”
However, Dickenson was really happy with his team’s focus on reducing penalties in the 2nd exhibition game. ” Probably one of my biggest takeaways from last Friday’s game was how clean we played that game and it’s something that needs to continue. We want to be the most physical yet least penalized team this season,” said Dickenson.
- With Kaare Vedvik nursing a pulled quad, fans can expect to see rookie Global punter Adam Korsak playing in Edmonton.
- Offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins remains in the US dealing with some personal matters and Riders G-M Jeremy O’Day doesn’t know if or when he’ll return to Rider Nation.
- The team returns to the practice field Wednesday.