Saturday, July 22, 2017
Players To Watch
The Riders look to go to 2-2 tonight in Calgary as they battle the Stampeders in a Western Division showdown.
Here are some players to watch for on both sides
KEVIN GLENN -- The Riders quarterback should surpass the 50,000 career yards passing mark tonight as he is just 116 yards away. It should cement KG as one of the best ever passers to play professional football as he will become the 7th CFL quarterback, and the 13th overall to reach that milestone. Glenn goes into tonight leading the CFL in completion percentage at 72.8 percent.
DURON CARTER -- Is this the night? In three games, Carter has caught a rather pedestrian 14 passes for 144 yards. There is no doubt Carter is a game-breaker and can flip field position with one play. The matchup between him and Calgary's Tommie Campbell could arguably be the best one on the field tonight. If Carter wins that matchup, the Riders could very well pull off an upset.
CHARLESTON HUGHES -- The Stampeders get what arguably is their main man on defence back for this one as Hughes comes back onto the roster after missing two games with a leg injury. The CFL's reigning sack king has been exchanging words with former teammate Derek Dennis this week. If he can get to Glenn and disrupt his rhythm, it will be a good sign for the Stamps.
KIENAN LAFRANCE -- The free agent pickup makes his first appearance on the roster after being bothered by an injury suffered in training camp. Chris Jones says he will play special teams, but one has to think we will see him spell off Cameron Marshall a tine or two. The Riders showed against Hamilton that they are a more diversified offence when running the football and Marshall/Lafrance could be a nice 1-2 punch.
JEROME MESSAM -- It is somewhat hard to fathom tthat the beast that is Jerome Messam is averaging just over 3 yards a carry. That could be one of the reasons Calgary is struggling out of the gate. I am guessing the Stamps may want to rectify this meaning the Rider D could get a solid dose of number 33 running the rock. It will be a big test for Zach Minter and Eddie Steele in the middle of that Rider d-line to keep Messam in check.