Ottawa REDBLACKS - Ernest Jackson and Jake Silas are the headliners this week. Not only did their squad hand the defending champion Edmonton Eskimoes their first defeat at home in 8 games. And they did it with their backup quarterback playing most of the game.
Jackson and Silas both played a huge role. Jackson had seven receptions for 79 yards.
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The damage occurred not on the play-action pass that included a fake handoff to tailback Travon Van, as first believed, but actually on the play preceding that, when Burris rifled a pass to slotback Ernest Jackson for an 18-yard gain. He somehow rapped his hand on the helmet of an Eskimos pass rusher on the follow-through.
Silas, for his part, helped provide solid protection against an Edmonton defense. Going into the game his matchup with Odell Wills and Marcus Howard were seen as key.
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Jake Silas vs. Odell Willis and Marcus Howard: The Eskimos sacked quarterback Henry Burris seven times in three games last year and applied particularly intense pressure in the Grey Cup contest, so, Silas, the Redblacks’ right tackle making his first CFL start, must stand firm against Eskimos defensive ends, starting with Willis and Howard.
Willis had one tackle and an interception. Meanwhile, Howard did manage a sack but was otherwise not a huge factor.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Drew Willy and the Winnipeg offense bombed (see what I did there) their season opener.
Willy was 25 of 34 for 303 yards but really did not show any kind of effectiveness until late in the game when the contest was all but decided.
There were a lot of opportunities early for Willy and the offense but he was off on a few long balls.
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"It starts with me," Willy said Monday after having a chance to peruse the film over the weekend. "I need to be better. If I hit a couple of those deep balls early we put points on the board and then everything else is sailing good."
"We need to go out there and prove it." - Drew Willy on the new offence.https://t.co/pWWUn23LZE— Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) June 27, 2016
Saskatchewan Roughriders - Naaman Roosevelt and Dillon Guy got week one off but will be in action this week.
Guy was officially added to the roster this week.
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The Riders added four national players to the roster on Sunday: offensive lineman Dillon Guy, defensive back Raye Hartmann, defensive back Shane Herbert and defensive lineman Ese Mrabure-Ajufo.
And Roosevelt is set for a breakout year.
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Naaman Roosevelt, who had a strong second half in his first season with the Riders in 2015, was a favourite target of all of the team’s quarterbacks in the pre-season.