Alex's CFL Tuesday Takes - May 29, 2018
Published: Tuesday, May 29th 2018, 1:05pm
by Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)
Thank goodness preseason games don't mean anything for the fans other than football is back. What an ugly game from the Riders in their 35-12 loss to Edmonton on Sunday. BUT, there was good to come out of it as well for us Rider fans. New QB BJ Daniels looked good despite his numbers and was the best QB out there. David Watford had most of the #1s with him, but couldn't really get anything going against Edmonton's #1 unit.
The biggest thing for Rider fans is that you can throw that game out the window and forget it forever. That's not even close to the team that will take the field in week 1 against Toronto, and with so few available spots on the roster, we won't see many of those players ever again.
Hey how about Duron Carter at DB? Had a couple big tackles and stripped a receiver of the ball before he could complete the catch. He spends limited time at DB, but he's one of the best out there! I love that we get to see him play literally all the time. Keep it up Chris Jones!
Mike Reilly looked like the defending MOP. The Esks will be good yet again this year, but I'd temper things until he plays a team that doesn't take terrible penalties, refused to cover receivers and doesn't play their C squad on the D-Line.
Overall, it's all about evaluation and the game was boring, but it's football on our TVs. The season is upon us!
The Easiest Part of a Coach's Job
I imagine this was the Riders locker room after the game on Sunday.
The only cut the Riders made that surprised me was DB Sam Williams. Not that I expected him to make the team, just that he should have lasted longer than Chris Lyles.
In 2018, how the hell are all preseason games not broadcast in some sort of video form? Stream them on TSN GO or on CFL.ca... we got live streams of the combine and O-Lineman doing the 3-cone drill, surely we can get more than 4 preseason games show somehow, no?
Here Comes Johnny Football
You can bet my mortgage that I'm excited to see Manziel take reps this week in the Ticats preseason game! With Vernon Adams hurt now, Manziel is the #2 guy. Even if you want to see him fail, this game is a must see game on Friday! Good thing that's on TSN... although if it wasn't, I imagine there would be some conversations about adding an extra game to the broadcast schedule...
We are recording episode 77 of the Piffles Podcast (brought to you by Dairy Queen on Elphinstone Street in Regina) and will discuss the first CFL preseason game and what we think of the Riders so far. Be sure to check that out on Wednesday!
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