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Cannon goes high to earn Murray's Monster

SASKATOON — Murray’s musings, mutterings and monster from Day 16 of Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium:

MURRAY’S MONSTER

Speedster K.D. Cannon produced the catch of the day when he went high to snag a sideline pass from quarterback Zach Collaros.

Cannon made the leaping grab over Blace Brown and, for good measure, Cannon kept running for the end zone. Cannon earned Murray’s Monster for the reception and showing the hustle to score a touchdown.

BOMBS AWAY? NO WAY

Dickenson was asked about Cannon and Collaros hooking up on the long completion. The response of the Riders’ rookie head coach provided insight into his offensive philosophy:

“That’s nice, but our emphasis down there is we just want first downs,” Dickenson said. “That’s great, but this huckin’ and chuckin’ is not going to be our thing this year. We’re going to move the ball downfield and gain yards in a methodical way. If we have a shot, we’re going to take it. I don’t believe in stepping back and throwing bombs all day. We got one, but we were lucky.”

FAREWELL TO PADS

Dickenson had mixed feelings after the Riders’ last padded practice of training camp.

“The guys didn’t look as crisp as they did (Sunday) and they looked tired,” Dickenson said. “They did a good job of pushing through and grinding through the practice. We didn’t lose anyone to injury, so I was happy to see that.”

In 2017, the CFL eliminated padded practices during the regular season to reduce the risk of injuries. Thursday’s pre-season game against the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be the last opportunity for prospects to show their stuff in pads before Saturday’s final cuts are announced.

QUARTERBACK ROTATION

Collaros is expected to see a lot of repetitions against the Blue Bombers. The Riders’ starting quarterback didn’t dress for Friday’s 37-1 loss to the Calgary Stampeders and needs some game action to prepare for the Riders’ regular-season opener on June 13 in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats.

Cody Fajardo may also see some playing time, but Dickenson wasn’t sure how much action David Watford would see. The Riders’ head coach wants to see what Isaac Harker and Ty Gangi can do to further evaluate the rookie quarterbacks.

PASSING JUDGMENT

Chris Judge’s comeback story ended in disappointment.

The 28-year-old linebacker suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a pass-rushing drill on May 28 and faces season-ending surgery.

The Riders selected Judge, the older brother of Saskatchewan linebacker Cam Judge, in the eighth round (71st overall) of the 2019 CFL draft. Chris was attempting to crack the Riders’ roster as a specials-team player even though he had been out of football since 2014.

QUICK HITS

The Riders signed former University of Saskatchewan Huskies placekicker Sean Stenger and released Felix Menard-Briere … Receiver Justin McInnis, the sixth-overall pick in the 2019 CFL draft, has recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him on the sideline since training camp opened. McInnis still won’t dress for Thursday’s game.

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Source: montrealgazette.com