Wednesday’s moves by the Roughriders raise a lot of questions about the current state of the roster for Saskatchewan.
Running back Jerome Messam joins a group that already includes playoff star Marcus Thigpen, last year’s starter Cameron Marshall and big-name college star Trent Richardson. What gives? Especially with no current Canadian running backs on the roster to back Messam up if it is a ratio move they want to make.
Offensive lineman Travis Bond is a big man, who has largely played guard on a team that has two quality Canadians in Brendon LaBatte and Peter Dyakowski. Can Bond move to tackle? His career would suggest it’s unlikely for the long term especially when the team admits they’re still trying to bring back starting left tackle Bruce Campbell. Soooooo… what’s the story here?
And then there is the signing of linebacker Sam Hurl and the following release of Henoc Muamba. A clear salary swap to save money, but is the team comfortable there with Hurl or Cam Judge or Brandyn Bartlett taking over? It could be a risky transition.
However, it’s only mid-February and we all know there is much more to come between now and training camp and expect more of the same. Adding new faces and possibly losing familiar ones.