SASKATOON — The pre-season has arrived for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The CFL team is to play its first exhibition game Sunday (3 p.m., TSN, CKRM) against the host Edmonton Eskimos. Both teams will be using the game to evaluate their new talent, which usually means spasms of sloppy football.
Even so, the pre-season is a time when new players can impress coaches and unseat veterans and for other vets to cement their roster spots.
Makana Henry: The third-year Roughrider has been one of the best defensive linemen in camp, using his power and strength to defeat some of the team’s best O-linemen in one-on-one drills. Henry has come a long way from the raw defensive tackle he was when he joined the Roughriders in 2016. He has learned how to do more than just bull-rush offensive linemen, throwing in moves he has picked up from his veteran teammates and from defensive line coach Ed Philion en route to becoming a more dangerous pass-rusher.