Roughriders hold first practice since cuts
The Roughriders are officially getting ready for their first regular season game.
The team took to the field at Mosaic Stadium Monday morning for the first time since the roster was finalized on Sunday.
"This is a new day, this is a new team," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "Today, they had to learn how fast practice was going to be."
It was a tough day for the Riders to pick the pace, with the temperature pushing into the upper 20s for the entire practice.
That didn't seem to bother Quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, who definitely noticed the fast pace.
"The speed and pace is there," said O'Sullivan. "Now it's a matter of having that translate into the first play of the first quarter."
It may come as a surprise to some that O'Sullivan is even still on the roster, as many football teams like to keep a young quarterback in the number 3 spot.
"If you're not the guy playing, you have to find a way to get yourself ready to go," said O'Sullivan. "It doesn't change your approach."
O'Sullivan added that the depth chart doesn't really matter, every quarterback is out there trying to make each other better, no matter where they may rank.
It was also a weird day for Dan Goodspeed. The offensive lineman is now on the nine game injured list, but is moving into a coaching role with the team, helping offensive line coach Kris Sweet.
"It was funny just hearing, what's up coach," said Goodspeed. "They all gave it to me pretty good."
Once they were on the field, Goodspeed said the tone became a little more serious, with all of the guys asking him questions.
"That was actually fun for me," said Goodspeed. "Just to be able to tell a young guy, 'hey, let's put our footwork like this, let's put our hands here, let's look for this,' it's actually very exciting for me."
Chamblin said that Goodspeed was actually late for his first meeting as a coach.
"He was confused on which locker room to get dressed in," said Chamblin. "He's going to have to do a coaches dance or he's going to have to buy some food or something."
Defensive end Odell Willis returned to practice after leaving Friday's game with an injury. Chamblin said Willis isn't at 100 per cent yet.
Running back Louis Rankin, full back Graeme Bell, receiver Dallas Baker and offensive lineman Chris Best all missed practice with various injuries.
The Riders also announced their practice roster Monday, on it will be: OL Johan Asiata, WR Ismael Bamba, OL Dan Clark, WR Clay Cooke, DL Zach Evans, DB Macho Harris, WR Jock Sanders, WR Taj Smith, and DL David Veikune. However Chamblin said that there could still be a few changes, as they do have some feelers out to other players.