Saturday, July 8, 2017
Players To Watch
Two teams in search of their first win of the year meet at Mosaic Stadium Saturday night when the Riders meet the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. There are plenty of players to watch for various reasons, but here are some to keep an eye on.
RIDERS SECONDARY - The magnifying glass may be on this unit more than any other tonight. If you haven't seen the Bombers video of Weston Dressler's return last week, you should go find it as it shows you there was a lot of confusion in the Riders defensive backfield leading to the problems they had. That group needs a solid bounce-back effort tonight if a win is to be achieved.
JOHN CHICK - One former Rider had a big return to Regina last week, and now another former Rider comes in looking for a big night. Chick had a big season last year, and he registered a sack in the season-opening loss to Toronto. Kevin Glenn is hoping the only introduction he has to Chick is in handshakes after the game. The battle between Chick and Derek Dennis should be a great one to watch.
CAMERON MARSHALL - Yes, the CFL is a pass-happy league, but you also need to run the football. Cameron Marshall has run the ball 18 times this season in two games. That production needs to be stepped up. Seeing Marshall get 18 touches in the ground game tonight would likely help an offense that has moved the ball this year be a little more efficient.
BRANDON BANKS - This guy can kill you on returns as we all know. Craig Dickenson's group has been outstanding this year in kick coverage and they will have to be tonight. Letting Banks break away for a couple of big returns would not be a good thing for the /=S=/.
TYLER CRAPIGNA - A lot has been made of Crapigna's play in the first two weeks. His only two misses of the season have been crucial ones. Head Coach/General Manager Chris Jones gave Crapigna a vote of confidence this week. He needs to reward Jones for doing that by making the clutch kicks. He has made them before, so he should be able to make them again.