Mitchell Blair | Riderville.com Staff
REGINA -- Darian Durant didn’t want to miss the Roughriders game in Montreal on September 16th as he recovered from a hip injury suffered the week before.
However, missing that contest may have been a blessing in disguise for the veteran quarterback, as he has since guided the team to back-to-back wins over divisional foes Calgary and B.C. while re-shaping his game in the process.
The injury, which Durant admits still bothers him, has forced him to abandon his running style. Rather than scrambling out of the pocket and putting himself in harms-way, Durant now opts to smoothly roll out, often giving himself more time to find his man downfield.
His new strategy has translated into successful results, as he has completed 48 of 69 passes for 635 yards and five touchdowns.
Perhaps sitting out in Montreal did more than he initially thoughy.
“I could step back and see how teams wanted to attack us,” Durant said after practice on Wednesday.
"Once you get to a certain age, your athletic ability begins to leave you and you have to find another way to win and to win games mentally and I think that’s the path my career is starting to take. I’m not near the end of my career, but when you’re young and able to run, you lean on that. With the injury happening, I have found that I don’t need to lean on my running, but I can still use it to break defenses down and to frustrate them. If I can hurt teams while being in the pocket and hurt them while running it a little bit, you become more dangerous and you extend your career. So far, so good!”