Roughriders' moves no surprise to Stamps

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:02 PM ET

A starting receiver was turfed, the return specialist is out for the year and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are facing the top team in the CFL.

These are desperate times in the Queen City.

But the shakeup in Regina doesn't surprise the Calgary Stampeders much.

When a team manages just two points in a rivalry game, no one on offence is safe.

The Riders showed receiver Prechae Rodriguez the door Tuesday after what was a failed experiment.

The former Hamilton Tiger-Cat, who was the 2008 East Division nominee for most outstanding rookie, just wasn't producing in a deep Riders receiving corps.

Through 10 games this season, Rodriguez had 30 catches for 376 yards, but he never took advantage of one-on-one matchups.

The Stamps will face rookie Cary Koch in Rodriguez's wideout position when they play Friday night in Regina.

"You could tell (Prechae) wasn't in their game plan and they were trying to force a lot of things to him, trying to get him involved," said Stamps cornerback Dwight Anderson.

"They brought him in because they thought he would be a big threat on the boundary for Darian (Durant).

"They thought it was going to be easy, just throw the ball up to him. It didn't work that way."

The other big move the Riders made is putting returner Dominique Dorsey on the nine-game injured list with finger and hamstring issues.

The Riders had to do something after Dorsey was downright dreadful on Sunday in the 31-2 loss to the Bombers.

The veteran looked completely lost on a kickoff following the first Bombers touchdown. He was nowhere near it and the Bombers recovered, kicking a field goal for a 10-0 lead.

Later in the game, Dorsey had a punt bounce off his shoulder pads, although he managed to recover it for a huge loss.

Dorsey was replaced in that game by starting receiver Weston Dressler, who will be the main punt returner for at least this week against the Stamps.

Rumours are swirling that the Riders are close to bringing in former B.C. Lions receiver/returner Ryan Grice-Mullen, who just finished a stint with the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

The Riders are reeling a bit offensively and they are set to face the league's top defence in the Stamps.

Running back Wes Cates has managed just 33 yards the past two games, but with Dorsey's release, the Riders can activate backup Hugh Charles.

The offensive line has struggled the past two outings against the Bombers, and they haven't allowed Durant time to get into a rhythm.

The moves signal that Riders (6-4) are anxious to right the ship before facing the 9-1 Stamps.

"Not just for us but in general," Anderson said. "They are making a push coming down to the end of the season. They are trying to make sure everything is secure so they can get into a playoff spot.

"It starts with us this week and that


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