Riders will be in tough this home game against the Ti-Cats. Hamilton has a better team than there record shows, Burris is playing well, and they will be hungry.
As of Monday I don't think Durant will play. Mostly because Coach Chamblin seems to want players to get an extra week rest on injuries, even if they are healthy.
If Drew Willy plays it is about the best scenario possible for a back up QB coming in. The first stringer will probably be out only one game, it is early in the season, the home team is unbeaten and can "afford" to lose this game (if there is such a thing), especially as it is an eastern opponent. The Riders have a good running game and OL protection has been good (holding aside). The team also has a set of experienced receivers for the second stringer to rely on.Additionally he has had recent work in pre-season, plus about a quarter last week. He has had lots of time with the new OC and will have lots of time with him and the majority of reps in practice this week. Also the Rider defense has been playing well.
Willy has had respectable stats so far in his young career (high completion average (70%+), no fumbles, and an average int. rate for a new QB - 4.2%, and in 2012 had a low sack rate for a rookie, averaging only 1 more sack a game than veterans, 3 sacks compared to 2 per game for vets) and if Willy plays this is a good opportunity to start and prove what he learned last year.
Interesting to note that of the 3 games last year Willy either started or came in very early, they were all away games.
If Willy plays and falters, the Riders will also get a look at the third stringer who showed well in pre-season, Sunseri, so they will both get important learning time. If Willy plays and does well, and/or wins, the team will be even better and more confident.