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In Saskatoon, Roughriders rookie camp comes to a close

In Saskatoon, the Roughriders rookie camp concludes.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders rookie camp concluded on Friday in Saskatoon, where rain and wind made for treacherous and icy conditions.
  • Mason Fine, 25, signed with the Riders in December 2020 and only played in one game in 2021, completing five of nine passes for 64 yards.
  • Dickenson was on the field speaking with Boersma, the Riders’ first Rams receiver since Mitchell Picton in 2017.

On Friday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders rookie camp ended in Saskatoon, where the rain and wind made for slick and frigid conditions.

“We were all sunburned yesterday, and now we’re all shivering today,” said Konner Johnson, a linebacker with the Saskatoon Hilltops invited to camp as a territorial junior.

The rain didn’t stop people from making connections in the air.

“They performed a terrific job as a group,” head coach Craig Dickenson said of his quarterbacks.

“I felt we saw more balls finished than I expected, but things will only get tougher from here.”

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Mason Fine, 25, joined the Riders in December 2020 and appeared in just one game in 2021, completing five of nine passes for 64 yards.

Those snaps and a year of familiarity with the green and white might give him a leg up on Cody Fajardo’s backup.

“Just being here for the bulk of last year on the practice roster, just getting those mental reps under Cody, watching how everything’s done,” he explained.

“I felt extremely good about the playbook coming into rookie camp. Last year, this offseason, I spoke with [offensive coordinator Jason] Mass and felt pretty good about heading into rookie minicamp, and that took a lot of weight off.”

After graduating from the University of North Texas, Fine went straight to the CFL and said he’s attempting to take up everything he can from Fajardo in his first professional football experience.

He stated, “Cody is a wonderful quarterback to look up to, and he’s been awesome coaching me and offering me the ropes on how to do it.”

“I’ll adopt the habits that I’ve learned from older people into my offseason, and I’ll incorporate them into this season.”

Riley Boersma, a 2022 eighth-round pick from the University of Regina Rams, is already making an impression in his first professional training camp as a receiver.

In Saskatoon, the Roughriders rookie camp concludes.
In Saskatoon, the Roughriders rookie camp concludes. Image from Global News

“He’s done a great job with camp,” Dickenson added.

“We knew he could move and was athletic, but we saw a high level of competition, and I thought he picked up the playbook very quickly.”

Dickenson was on the field giving comments to Boersma, the first Rams receiver picked by the Riders since Mitchell Picton in 2017.

“It feels pretty wonderful, and I appreciate how Craig does it because it doesn’t matter what kind of draught pick you are, like how high or low you were, he treats everyone the same and coaches everyone up the same,” he explained.

“He advised me to make sure I bring the ball up like this after I grab it, just ball control and stuff like that.”

“We have to teach him to chin the football since he carries it too low.” “Sometimes it appears to be a loaf of bread out there,” Dickenson added.

According to Dickenson, the quarterbacks will be transported to the main camp, and the task will be to decrease the roster to 85 players by Sunday.

“We challenged the rookies to give the vets everything they had in the hopes of beating them to a job,” he stated.

“The first preseason game will be crucial for these players to stay around and push some of the veterans.”

Source: CTV News

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