Roughriders to rotate defensive linemen in hopes of keeping players fresh
The Roughriders will be doing the shuffle Friday night in Edmonton.
The defensive line shuffle that is, as both Mick Williams and Jay Alford are headed on the road with the team, and are expected to be shuffled in and out of the line up, along with every other defensive lineman.
"When we built this roster, we wanted to make sure we had depth," said Chamblin.
The reason for the move is pretty straight forward, after the last couple of games, Chamblin wants to keep the lineman fresh for later in the game. One change we did see a few times throughout the week was Tearrius George taking some reps at defensive end for Odell Wills.
"Making sure Tearrius gets some reps, some good quality reps," said Chamblin. "I'm not bent on who's the first guy, because the second play somebody else could be in there. It's about making sure we have quality guys out there each and every rep."
The move may also serve as a bit of a wake up call for Willis, who hasn't been effective the last couple of games as he was the first three. Yesterday, Chamblin took Willis to the teams "production board" to show Willis that he needs to do more.
"Each week they chart down what you did to help the team win," said Willis. "I did nothing in the last 2 or three games so I might have to get some more points to get up the production board, I'd like to be the leader."
As for potentially seeing the field a little less, Willis isn't worried about that, saying he's willing to do what's best for the team.