You weren't expecting a real report for a game like this were you? I mean did you really want to know who had the edge between Chris Garrett and Hugh Charles? All I know about starting Edmonton slotback Kemonte Batemen is that he's not related to Jason Bateman. But I'll give a few thoughts on the game. The most important thing is to have noone we are counting on Nov 10 to get hurt. I just finished watching the Stamps lose their starting defensive tackles and leading receiver. We do not need something like that, especially with Chris Getzlaf already a possible unknown. Remember when Barrin Simpson got hurt in a nothing game to end 2010 and was limited in the playoffs? Lets have none of that tomorrow. If I lived within a couple of hours drive of Regina, yeah I'd be there tomorrow. However with nothing on the line and a playoff game in a week, I'll be watching from my couch. What will I be looking for tomorrow?
Quarterbacks - Whether it is to audition for us, Ottawa, or some other CFL team, Drew Willy will get a good look tomorrow. If the Edmonton line plays to their potential, he will get a challenge from their pass rush. He's going to have a few receivers he's probably worked with on the 2nd team in the lineup for comfort. A lot has been made of Geroy having his best game as a Rider with Drew in Hamilton. If that happens again, it will make for good talk this week on the site. I would think Sunseri will be rewarded with some live reps too.
Running backs - Maybe we expected a big too much of Chris Garrett in his first action in over a year. He had the one big catch for a TD vs BC but overall didn't impress me. Tomorrow is probably his chance to prove he deserves to come back and battle with Matt Brown for a job. Very curious how Jock Sanders will be used tomorrow. I realize he struggled putting the ball on the ground as a returner, but I don't understand why he wasn't used more in the passing game this year. I expected him to be a matchup problem for defenses.
Receivers - When I mentioned receivers Willy has worked with in the 2nd team, I was referring to Eron Riley and Alex Anthony. Ricky Foley gave a shout out to Anthony for working hard all year waiting for his big chance. We did well getting Levi Steinhauer in the 5th round this year. How sweet would it be if we got a 2nd good player in Anthony? I hope Dressler down't see much action tomorrow either.
Offensive line - Chris Best's return is probably the most anticipated roster move tomorrow. If everything goes ok tomorrow, we will go into the playoffs with the same starting O-line that was so successful in the first half of the year. James Lee will start at LT giving big X Fulton a rest. I think Fulton's knee has been bugging him all year and he can use this break.
Defensive line - McElveen is the only regular not listed on the 46 but maybe a guy like John Chick sits tomorrow too. Josh Evens had gotten a lot of playing time in recent weeks and the kid has been pretty good. I think he has a future with us. Look for him and Steinhauer to get action tomorrow. Alex Hall may get the most work out of our ends since he is still getting used to playing for us
Linebackers - Kuale gets the start in the middle ahead of McCullough. That's the good new for him. The bad news is there is little change he dresses in the semi-final. If possiblle I would like to see Butler and Brown not play much. Ferri could play for Brown, but can Regimbald play for Butler? Maybe we can jig the ratio to have Peters play in that spot.
Secondary - Maze gets a rest tomorrow and Miller starts in his place. Other than that the secondary is intact. Ferri and Woldu are the guys who could give the starters a break. I wish Newman was on the roster so that we could save Brackenridge. Am I being too paranoid about the injuries? Maze will be back next week. I hope Rod Williams is too (assuming Harris can't make it back)
Special teams - Hard to say who will get the reps returning kicks. Sanders could use the work to get his game going. I can't think of anyone except him and Jackson who can return punts. Garrett can probably return kicks. If I was coaching here is advice I would give Milo and Schmitt. Ony any weird play like a bad snap, big return, block etc, I would tell them to jus walk way. Let a guy score instead of trying to make the tackle We don't need either of them getting hurt on a freak play.
I don't think we will see an extremely vanilla scheme tomorrow. That will be unfair to Willy and Sunseri. We'll see our base offence, just no wrinkles. Same thing on defines. We will run our base. I am sure you will see the odd blitz or two. But nothing really new.
As for the Eskimos, do we really care? They have more motivation than us in that they probably want to end their year on a good note. If the players love Kavis as much as they say publicly, maybe they will play hard thinking a win can save him? Wait a minute, based on that are the Riders off in the long run if the Esks win big tomorrow?? The only intriguing thing tomorrow for me involving the Esks is the news that Kerry Joseph will end the game at QB for them. I know Kerry wants to keep playing but there ia a chance this is the last time we will see him in Mosaic. I can't think of a better palce for him to get a nice send off from the fans. I hope you folks going do that.
That's it for tomorrow. We do this for real in a week. Btw, if you are superstitious, the last two times I skipped the Riders' last home game because we were locked into hosting the semi-final, we went to the Cup. Let's hope third time's a charm!
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