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Riders return to training, look forward to BC competition

Riders return to training, look forward to BC competition

The Saskatchewan Roughriders took the field at Mosaic Stadium on Tuesday for their first practice since defeating the Toronto Argonauts in Week 5 of the CFL competition.

The game continued to go perfectly as the team is now 4-0 to start the season and Shea Patterson is 1-0 as the starting quarterback in the league.

“I didn’t necessarily start out the way I wanted to, but I finished stronger. The defense did a lot to keep me in the game, so big kudos to them,” Patterson said when looking back at last week’s film.

“There was a lot of adrenaline after the game, a lot of excitement and gratitude. But I just enjoyed it (the win) and that carried over into the next day, but (now) we’re focused on BC,” he added.

The Lions are currently 4-1 and second in the West Division. With a win over the Riders this week, they can secure first place.

“It’s another week where we have to be ‘on it’ to give ourselves a chance, but you know, when I talk to the guys, everyone is ready for the challenge. We just have to make sure we prepare,” said head coach Corey Mace.

Saskatchewan’s defense will need to continue to dominate against BC Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who leads the league in passing yards and is tied for first in passing touchdowns.

“Everything,” Mace said with a grin when asked what his defense needs to do this week to stop Adams. “You know, VA’s working on it. He’s working on it right now, through the air, obviously, but the run game is strong too.”

“Stop the ‘X’ plays. Stop the big plays. They’re yelling ‘Big play VA,’ right? We’ve got to stop the deep ball and move on and play the game that we play,” defensive back Diontae Williams said.

The defense has been a tough line to mess with so far this season, leading the league with nine interceptions and 14 turnovers.

“When you look at it, we have everything. We have the leadership, we have the talent, we have the coaching, we have the drive, we have the skills. We just have to get it right every week,” defenseman Marcus Sayles said.

As for injury updates, the Riders will be without defensive linemen Charbel Dabire and Christian Albright for the time being, as both are nursing knee injuries. Defensive back Rolan Milligan was limited at practice Tuesday due to a shoulder injury. However, the team did see receiver Shawn Bane Jr. return after missing last week for personal reasons.