By: Barry Barnes, Founder
Week 3 of the CFL was loaded with nail-biting contests, but in terms of the pioneers of the NFL Regional Combine, several standouts made their outcomes interesting.
Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receivers Naaman Roosesvelt and Duron Carter help made quarterback Kevin Glenn’s job a little easier after two tough losses to start the 2017 season. Against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the RC pioneers went off.
“A lot of guys just let it out and just went out and played,” said Glenn, according to Riderville.com. “They weren’t uptight and they weren’t worried about anything.
“It was just kind of like a free-for-all of everyone going out and playing and believing in the guy next to you that he’s going to make his own play,” he continued. “That way, we don’t have to worry about being that guy every play to make the big play.”
Roosevelt had a breakout game as he hauled in 10 catches for 167 yards. The 6-0, 200-pound Buffalo native helped to force overtime against the Winnepeg Blue Bombers in Week 2 after a 16-yard reception with 1:56 remaining in regulation.
Clearly, Roosevelt had some unfinished business as he led the Riders in receptions and yards.
Carter had his best performance of this young season, thus far. In his first two games this season, the RC standout from the 2013 trials combined for seven catches for 81 yards. In the victory over the Ticats, Carter had seven catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.
In the opening drive of the second half, Carter capped a nine-play drive, from the Riders 24-yard line, with an eight yard touchdown grab.
Riders rookie defensive back Chris Lyles and defensive tackle Zach Minter finished with a tackle.
Roosevelt and Carter were not the only pass catchers from the NFL Regional Combine brand who put in work during that matchup as Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brian Tyms posted some decent numbers.
Tyms had his finest output thus far as he nabbed in six passes for 41 yards.
Tiger-Cats defensive back Will Hill is starting to get his hands dirty in the CFL. The aggressive defensive back continues to get stops. Hill finished with three tackles, including his first sack of the season.
Unfortunately, the talented Hill won’t be able to make another tackle until he serves an one-game suspension for grabbing an official’s jersey.
Fellow teammate defensive tackle Davon Coleman got his hands on a couple of Roughriders, racking up six tackles.
Unlike the Roughriders and Tiger-Cats contest where offensive RC pioneers shined, the Calgary Stampeders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers showdown highlighted defensive RC talents.
The undefeated Stampeders had two rookies who made stops on special teams in linebacker Jameer Thurman and defensive back Ante Litre-Milanovic. Thurman had an tackle, while Ante registered two tackles.
Ante is a converted full back from Division-II power Simon Fraser.
Blue Bombers linebacker Ian Wild hauled in a tackle, and defensive end Trent Corney amassed two stops.