It's gonna be gritty!!!
The more I've had time to sit and think about this game, the more excited I get.
The CFLs best run D versus the CFLs best rushing attack, one of the most electrifying returners to grace the Canadian game, and a Rider team with its back against the wall.
Fans of our game are being treated to a great scenario to close out Week 5.
All is not lost in Ridernation. Especially in the West with all the injuries and drama that hit during Friday and Saturday. But it's time for the Riders to come out and kick someone's ass...plain and simple. Defense, Offense, and Special teams. It's the perfect day at Mosaic Stadium to put it all together.
Our GAMEDAY GOTTA HAVE IT focuses on Saskatchewans Punter Ray Early.
If the Riders do choose to kick it to Brandon Banks on 3rd down, they'll need Early to not only boom it long, but get the ball high, in order to give guys like Dylan Ainsworth the time to get downfield and get a helmet on the ball. Line drive punts will kill the Riders because it will give Banks far too much room to run, and create behind his Punt Return unit that is coached terrifically by Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Reinebold.
Early (The Green and White's rookie punter) has a huge leg, but today will require his accuracy. Brandon Banks has to be confined to a sideline if he does get opportunities. Ideally, Early forces Brandon Banks into decisions like letting it roll out, versus picking it up and taking his chances. One thing that is guaranteed is kicks to the middle of the field will be troublesome and demand too much of our Punt Cover team...
Banks is a problem, but he can be coralled with great kick height and location.
Ray Early...GOTTA HAVE IT!!!