Roughriders preview: Lots of talent left

Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant hoists the Grey Cup after beating the Tiger-Cats 45-23 in...

Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant hoists the Grey Cup after beating the Tiger-Cats 45-23 in Regina on Nov. 24, 2013. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

The Saskatchewan Roughriders won their fourth Grey Cup in franchise history last November, and they did it on their own turf, in front of the most fervent fans in the CFL.

How could they possibly top that?

That question is something the Riders will probably have to deal with this season. None of them has probably had to pay for a meal in Regina since the big victory. They pulled off the greatest feat in franchise history, so if there was ever going to be a Grey Cup hangover, this would be it.

Compounding the potential problems in Regina this year is the loss of so many big names during the off-season. Their best receiver (Weston Dressler) and star running back (Kory Sheets) bolted for the NFL, while their Canadian talent on defence took a hit with the losses of Keith Shologan and Craig Butler.

There is still plenty of talent left over, however, and while many pundits are counting them out, they should still challenge for first place in the West Division.


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