The Green and White are starting to look a little more black and blue.
The list of injuries for the team continues to grow.
And, yes, everybody is dealing with injuries this time of the year, but the Riders brain trust can take a bow for what they’ve been able to do in the last few weeks to solidify their depth.
Jay Alford, Milt Collins, Joe Lobendahn and Diamond Ferri were the standout defensive players from last week’s win over the Calgary Stampeders.
All four have one thing in common.
None of them were on the team when the Riders started the season. And now, they look to play integral roles with the team in the final third of the season and the playoffs if the team gets there.
All throughout training camp, Head Coach Corey Chamblin preached depth. The need was there to have guys on the roster that can step in and play. As the weeks went on Chamblin obviously didn’t think it was there, so he pressed General Manager Brendan Taman to find more.
Taman, Director of Player Personnel Craig Smith and Assistant GM Jeremy O’Day have done that with the help of the head coach.
Collins and more recently Robert Rose have made the move from Hamilton, where Chamblin was the defensive coordinator last season.
Lobendahn, obviously, has connections with Taman from their Bomber days.
The Riders were a young team out of training camp and possibly a little too young, that’s why it’s been beneficial the Riders brought in players that don’t need much coaching to get into the lineup and perform.
Jamie Nye bleeds green and is the Roughrider insider for News Talk 980 CJME Regina and News Talk 650 CKOM Saskatoon. All of his Rider coverage can be found at www.GreenZoneFootball.com and you can follow him on Twitter @JamieNye.