"The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ second-year receiver has caught 62 passes for 877 yards and one touchdown through the CFL team’s first nine games this season.
That puts him on pace for a pair of franchise records — but neither one is the record that most concerns Roosevelt.
"It’d feel better if we could get the win," the 28-year-old product of Buffalo said after Saskatchewan fell to 1-8-0 with Friday’s 33-25 loss to the host Edmonton Eskimos. "I’m just trying to do anything I can for my team. That’s all I want to do.""
Silas was listed among the most impressive rookies in July.
The University of Buffalo grad has started five games at right tackle for the best offence on the East Division. That was an important spot to fill after Colin Kelly performed well in 2015, which earned him a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
"And, don’t look now, but Roosevelt’s 477 yards have him on pace to smash 1,000 yards receiving in just his second season with Canada’s Team. The 28-year old from Buffalo, NY probably would’ve hit 1,000 yards last year but didn’t get on the roster until Week 9 and he still wound up with 488 yards on a pitiful club.
Now, the Rider Store is selling #82 ROOSEVELT jerseys in all its locations, right beside the big boys of Durant and Bagg. That should mean that Roosevelt has officially arrived in Riderville.
"I just found out now, but thank you! That’s awesome!" Roosevelt laughed. "As a kid you see that when you’re buying jerseys and now to have that for yourself, and kids wanting to buy it, that’s humbling. It definitely feels good to have that. I just want to keep getting better and better and do anything to help this team out.""
This is the first of two Naaman links in quick succession here.
"When anybody asks me about Naaman, I tell them that hands down he has the best ball skills that I’ve ever seen,’’ said receiver Nic Demski who, like Roosevelt, is a second-year Roughrider. "Every ball that is catchable in the air, and some that aren’t, he’s going to come down with it. That’s what separates him from other receivers.’’