Just got back from the game.
A few notes:
Both Johnson and Jyles looked better than Kahari Jones. Jones was constantly overthrowing receivers. He also had one sure touchdown but he didn’t put any zip on the ball and the Saskatchewan db caught up to it to knock it down. Johnson looked good and should make for a decent back-up to Ricky Ray. His stats would have been better except for a couple dropped balls.
I’m not as concerned about the Rider kicking game as I once was. Congi kicked a 52 yarder (with the wind) and had room to spare. Although he did miss a 37 yarder. Pikula hit a 37 yarder, but missed on a 47 yarder (short, with the wind) that he got to rekick because of a Edm penalty. Pikula seems to be accurate though. The punting game also looked decent, not great though.
I would be surprised if Rocky Butler wasn’t the Riders third qb. He looked alright out there and also had a few nice play-action plays that kept the defence on their toes.
The Riders winning means nothing to me, since a lot of starters on both teams didn’t play. Dominguez sat out, and Armstead and Joseph only played a few series. On the Edmonton side, Ray sat out and Tucker was knocked out of the game on the first play by a huge hit by Omarr Morgan. He was standing on the sidelines after and looked in alright condition.
Also, instant replay was used. Edmonton had two challenges and lost them both (if I remember correctly).