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Riders Left Tackle Competition Now Less Than a Full Competition

Published: Monday, May 13th 2024, 5:05pm

By Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)

 

Before Training Camp officially started on Sunday, we got some roster announcements from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The big shocker was Defensive Back Jalon Edwards-Cooper being released (we found out after practice that he failed his physical), but there was also a couple more offensive lineman listed that won’t report to camp.

 

We knew that Brandon Council wasn’t going to report, General Manager Jeremy O’Day announced that a little while ago. But joining him on the suspended list are fellow O-Linemen Jerald Hawkins, Jonathan Hubbard and Sadarius Hutcherson. I didn’t think Hawkins was going to make the team, after that failed experiment with him last year, but it was Hubbard not showing up that surprised me. He was my pick to be the starter at LT based on his resume. 

 

Trevor Reid – Photo courtesy Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire

 

What was going to be a true wide open competition for the open Left Tackle spot, is now a battle between four guys, with only one of them being a TRUE Left Tackle. That’s Trevor Reid who I believe has the inside track to being named the starter after starting Training Camp with the 1’s on offense. 

 

The others in that competition have a more uphill battle in my mind. D’mitri Emmanuel is a Guard by trade, but did play some Tackle in college, while Jacob Brammer and Jordan Tucker were exclusively Right Tackles. They’ll still get their chance there, but you’d have to think the leg up right now is with Reid.

 

I was looking forward to a big time wide open competition, but it looks like a few of the signings made it a bit of an easier job for Head Coach Corey Mace and company. With the first preseason game coming up in a week, we’ll get a good sense of what the plan may be over the next few days. 

 

The battle will heat up on Tuesday when the pads get put on and they go 1-on-1 with the D-Line. LET’S! GO!

 

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