Jordan Sisco hopes hard work pays off
Jordan Sisco is hoping his third year in Saskatchewan turns into a breakthrough. He was the Roughriders second pick (8th overall) in the 2010 draft, after they selected Shomari Williams first overall.
Since then, he's been having a hard time making the leap from college to pro football so he changed what he did in the offseason. Rather than working out on his own, he teamed up with Rider veterans Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf.
"I've always lifted the weights and I've always done the running and I've always worked hard," said Sisco before Wednesday's pre-season opener in Vancouver.
"It just took me to that next level I feel. It's the best decision I could have made."
Sisco was starting to make an impression on the coaching staff last season, working his way into the receiving rotation until a wrist injury ended his season in Week 8.
"It was tough. I was starting to get in, especially in that game against the Argos. I think that kind of says something that the coaches trusted me to put me in there."
His receivers coach Bob Dyce is now the offensive coordinator so it is realistic, Sisco has an inside track to earn a job as the sixth receiver and the top back-up if fellow non-import Chris Getzlaf or Rob Bagg go down.
Sisco feels watching the way his teammates work in the off-season is making him a better all-around athlete.
"Last year in training camp I didn't get hurt or anything like that but I was sore. This year I feel fresh every day."
He also feels he's doing everything the coaches are asking of him, acknowledging he has to put it on the field in game action in the first two pre-season games.
Sisco knows the expectations are increasing now that he has a few years under his belt.
"He's a guy we looked at in the off-season that we expect to see big things from," says Head Coach Corey Chamblin.
"There are a lot of things I think he brings to the team. I'd like to see him develop into a leader on the field with his play."
So far Sisco has caught just two passes for 13 yards in his career, a far cry from what the team had hoped after investing a top pick for him. But with Andy Fantuz and Jason Clermont now off the team, there is a chance he could be part of a resurgent Rider passing attack.
"I just like being a part of the guys. We got a good group of receivers and we help each other out all the time. Whether we're Canadian or American I think we'll have something special this year."