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Next Man Up – Time to See What Patterson Has While Harris is Hurt

Published: Sunday, Jun 30th 2024, 4:06pm

By Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)

 

On Sunday, the 3-0 Saskatchewan Roughriders made a few quarterback moves, signing Eric Barriere (who was with Linnipeg in the preseason), but most importantly, moved starting QB Trevor Harris to the 6 game injured list with what Head Coach Corey Mace is calling a moderately sprained MCL.

 

For the second straight year, the Riders get their third win of the year early, but it costs them their QB again. Oh no, here we go again, groans Rider Nation. Luckily, this isn’t a season ending injury this time.

Gone are last year’s backups Mason Fine, Jake Dolegala and Antonio Pipkin, so we get to see what Shea Patterson has to offer in his first real look as a starting QB in the CFL.

 

The good news is that Patterson has a ton of weapons at his disposal. Receivers Shawn Bane Jr., Kian Schaffer-Baker, Sam Emilus and Jerreth Sterns are the go-to guys, with Ajou Ajou and Mitch Picton there as well. The Riders also got their run game going last week with A.J. Ouellette, so if they can keep that going against Toronto, Patterson’s job gets a little bit easier.

 

QB Shea Patterson – photo courtesy Saskatchewan Roughriders

 

Patterson was excellent in the preseason. Sure, it was against backups, but he earned this role and the chance to be the next man up. While his play in the 2nd half against Hamilton left a lot to be desired, he didn’t get starter reps and the team was trying to nurse a pretty big lead. This week, he gets those #1 reps and more of the playbook will be available for him. I hope we see less happy feet than we did last week and the same confidence in his throws we saw in the two preseason games. It will be interesting to see the game plan that Offensive Coordinator Marc Mueller creates on Thursday.

 

We all wanted to see who was going to be the next QB of the franchise here in Riderville… maybe it’s Shea Patterson’s time to shine. As unfortunate as it is to see Trevor Harris get hurt again, I’m excited to see what Patterson has as the next man up.

 

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