Rejoice Rider Nation as your wish has finally come true.
The Roughriders’ added two more defensive backs to the roster, former NFLer Will Blackmon and 23-year-old Shawun Lurry.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that Duron Carter will be back on offence this week.
The receiver-turned-defensive-back did take some reps with the offence Tuesday, but head coach Chris Jones says that’s so he has an idea of what the offence is up to. Carter will spend the rest of the week back on defence.
Jones would not say if Carter would spend any significant time in the receiving corps against Calgary.
“We’ll see. We got to play defence first and if (the Stampeders) don’t score or we can hold ’em down we have a chance to win the football game. Offence is important but you got to stop them from scoring,” Jones said when asked, adding Carter has been playing well at defensive back especially the last two weeks.
“He’s a guy that can line up and cover in man coverage. He’s played some very good football for us … He’s a physical guy, he’s tall he’s long and you can match him up against like body types.”
So what are the new defensive backs here for?
Jones will have either Blackmon or recently signed defensive back Matt Elam to fill in for linebacker Derrick Moncrief. Moncrief was injured during last Thursday’s game against the Tiger-Cats and has been placed on the six-game injured list.
Both men have NFL pedigree, but 33-year-old Blackmon is especially noted as he was part of the New York Giants team that won Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
Blackmon has also spent time with the Packers, Jaguars, Seahawks and Redskins before coming north of the border.
Riders practice is closed to the public and media on Wednesday morning, but will open again at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Jones doesn’t expect to see Zach Collaros until after the bye week. The Roughriders starting quarterback sustained a concussion in week 2 against the Ottawa Redblacks and was placed on the six-game injured list.
Kevin Francis, Brandyn Bartlett and Josiah St. John took to the practice field Tuesday for the first time in the regular season. All three started the year on the six-game injured list but are eligible to practice one week before they can return to game action.