Riders rookie camp started today, but it was a veteran who captured the headlines. Odell Willis, who received a DUI charge in Georgia shortly after being acquired in a trade with Winnipeg, spoke to the masses today and as you will hear, he sounded apologetic for what he had done.
Hours after signing his name to his first pro contract, Ben Heenan was out there showing his stuff. This guy carries a tremendous amount of confidence to him. He's not cocky, but you know he is looking to come into camp and make an immediate impact.
It was a day of getting out there and running a few drills. Main camp will begin Sunday, but for Corey Chamblin, it was his first practice as head coach. Here's his comments....
The team also announced two more signings today. Defensive back Karl Paymah spent six seasons in the NFL with the Texans, Vikings, Broncos and Vikings while Canadian d-lineman Renaldo Sagesse comes to Riderville after a four year career at Michigan. He was taken by the Alouettes in the 4th round of the 2011 CFL draft.
A couple of other notes. Receiver Justin Harper was impressive on day one of rookie camp. The former Baltimore Raven looks like he could be a very inviting target over the middle. He has size and he has hands. I joked at camp that they should have given him 83 instead of 82. Yes, while Harper did impress today he has a long ways to go before he makes this roster. I am not going to get caught up in Terrence Nunn like hype.
Dwayne Jarrett was not at camp. He is expected in town tomorrow. Jarrett may be the most high profile rookie at camp having been a starter with Carolina and being the leading receiver at the USC team that featured Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Clay Matthews that lost to Vince Young and Texas in the national championship game.