Scott McHenry finding a home in Riders offense
It hasn't been the easiest of roads for Scott McHenry.
The Roughriders receiver, turned full back, turned receiver has certainly been through a lot in his short CFL career. Since being drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in 2009, the Saskatoon native has bounced back and forth between Regina and Winnipeg, trying to find a home. It appears he's finally found it.
"Last year it was mostly special teams, and show team," said McHenry. "This year, again, it's been interesting, as a full back, and then some injuries and things, receiver."
Even at the start of this season it didn't look like McHenry would see much time on the field, but then Rob Bagg and Jordan Sisco both ended up on the injured list, opening the door for the former Husky to get his shot. It hasn't been instant success for McHenry, but each week he and Darian Durant seem to be building more confidence, especially the last two games. Against Edmonton and Montreal, McHenry has wracked up 90 yards passing and scored his first touchdown in the CFL.
"If you look at him and (Getzlaf) and him and (Dressler) and those kinds of guys, the trust he has with those guys to be in the right spot," said McHenry. "That's all I can try to do, be in the right spot."
More and more McHenry is finding himself in the right spot, even late in the game on Saturday against Montreal Durant went to McHenry along the sideline, and McHenry nearly made a spectacular tip of his toes catch, but it appears on the replay that he didn't finish the play, losing control of the ball as he hit the ground.
"The main thing for him was picking up what we're trying to do," said Durant. "He's a smart guy, he's picked it up."
Durant also thinks having a Saskatchewan boy line up along the line up scrimmage every week is a benefit for him and the offense.
"Whenever you're playing at home, it gives you a little extra initiative to get it done," he said.
McHenry led the Riders in receiver yards at the half against Montreal, and would finish third at the end of the game with 42 yards. That would put him 10 yards back of Taj Smith in the game.
It appears that patience his patience has finally paid off.
"That's what it's all about, you can sit an entire year, if someone gets hurt or something happens, you could play that last game, that most important game of the year," said McHenry. "What you have to do is make sure you're ready."