Riderville

This past weekend was the NFL draft and part of the wonder was figuring out where Canadians would go in that draft and where the Rider negotiation list guys would go.

The draft ended Saturday, but while there was one Canadian drafted, there were lots signed on Sunday to free agent contracts and this may cause some teams to rethink their approach to the CFL draft next month.

Well as part of the never ending search for Rider news, I got an email from the Saskatchewan Roughriders about an evening called Pros and Joes. For $100 and proceeds going to prostate cancer you got to get a tour of the Rider facilities, have a question and answer with Rider coaches and players, get some food and refreshments and get a football fix satisfied.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders started the long road to the 2013 Grey Cup in Regina with a mini-camp held in Bradenton, Fla. this past weekend.

The camp was held in Florida because it was easier to get players to Florida than it was to Regina and considering Regina is lying beneath six feet of snow; there is no point in scaring players off until the last possible minute.

After a record breaking winter in these parts, Rider fans will start getting their first glimpse at a team they hope will be around in Regina at the end of November to hoist their fourth Grey Cup in front of a grateful province.

On Thursday, the Riders will hold a rookie camp in Brandenton, Fla. at the IMG Academy for rookies. The rookies will be tested from 9-10 a.m. then there will be a practise from 10:30-noon and another from 3-4:30 p.m. On Friday, the rookies will conclude with a practice from 9-10:20 p.m.

The makeover of the Saskatchewan Roughriders continued today as the Riders announced the signing of linebacker Rey Williams and the release of linebacker Joe Lobendahn.

By Greg Urbanoski

Maybe it’s the record snowfall, maybe it’s because of St. Patrick’s Day and the excuse to dig out a Rider jersey to wear some green, but since my last report, the slow pace of news met the immediacy of social media and has created a whirlwind of Rider rumors that if any pan out, could be very interested for Rider fans.

One of the few good reasons for living in Regina became apparent on Monday when word first got out that free agent defensive end Ricky Foley was going to join the Riders.

The word actually came out of Winnipeg from one of their reporters, and from the moment that information was posted, fans in Regina were posting news from the airport, first sighting Rider assistant GM Jeremy O’Day was waiting for someone to come off the 1 p.m. flight from Toronto, then news that Foley himself had arrived and was happy to do so.

The CFL free-agent period got underway with the Saskatchewan Roughriders toughening up the back end of their defense including one signing that will have fans fighting at least until training camp.

Friday is free-agency day in the CFL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are really quiet about it.

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