Riderville Roundup – December 10
Published: Sunday, Dec 10th 2023, 10:12am
By Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)
As we inch closer and closer to the end of the 2023 calendar year, that also means that we are getting closer and closer to seeing football presents delivered to us from the Saskatchewan Roughriders… re-signings of pending free agents! I gave my list of names on the Riders free agent list that the team absolutely MUST re-sign for 2024.
New Head Coach Corey Mace made his impact felt on Monday night when it was TSN’s Farhan Lalji announcing that former U of R Ram QB, Calgary Stampeders QB Coach Marc Mueller is joining the Riders as their new Offensive Coordinator on a two year deal. That shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, it’s been speculated on for a while and he and Mace have a history together from their time in Calgary. The move became official on Wednesday when the team announced it, along with Special Teams Coordinator Kent Maugeri returning for another couple of years.
A couple more depth free agents were signed on the O-Line and D-Line. On the defensive line, tackle Caleb Sanders was re-signed. He finished 2023 on the team’s practice roster. On the offensive side of the ball, Jordan Tucker was re-upped. Again, another guy who spent last year on the practice roster. The one I’m intrigued about is left tackle prospect Trevor Reid. Last year, General Manager Jeremy O’Day only brought in ONE true left tackle (Jerald Hawkins) and that panned out horribly. Reid is a TRUE left tackle and is immediately in the running for a starting spot here in Riderville. I’m tired of seeing natural guards or right tackles get starts at left tackle. We’ve seen over the last couple of seasons that it just hasn’t worked out. Hopefully we’ll see a few more true left tackles brought in this offseason.
The moves kept coming on Wednesday as the team signed a quartet of American receivers. Kaliji Lipsomb (spent part of last year on the practice roster), Dohnte Meyers (was in rookie camp with the Atlanta Falcons… possible returner?), Jake Parker (attended Riders training camp last season) and Kendall Watson (played a few games last year, notably had a two point convert against Edmonton to tie up the game late). The team also signed Canadian linebacker Jaxon Ciraolo-Brown (8th round draft pick of Hamilton’s in 2022).
And sad news on Friday as we learned that long time Roughriders radio broadcaster John “Frenzy” Lynch passed away at the age of 86. For those that listened to games on the radio, you’ll remember the love and passion that Frenzy had for the team. Not many wanted the team to succeed more than him. Rest in peace, Mr. Lynch.
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