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Roughriders’ Zach Collaros Discusses Gratifying Win

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders took the first game of the season when they beat the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night, and one player who felt particularly good about the win was Riders’ signal caller Zach Collaros.

Collaros took his new team to 27-19 victory which snapped a personal 12-game losing streak for Collaros, something he is undoubtedly happy to be done with.

Collaros, who threw for 203 yards, took some time to get comfortable, but once he did, he took over for the offense and lead them down the stretch.

“When I didn’t get a ball knocked down at the line of scrimmage,” Collaros said, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky (h/t CFL.ca).

“I’ve got to do a better job of getting the ball around those guys. The receivers did a great job all night for me. (They) made some unbelievable catches in traffic and I can’t say enough about those guys in front of me (on the offensive line). Starting with Dan (Clark), getting us in the right protections. (Jerome) Messam sealing the deal there at the end. Tre (Mason) did a great job for us as well. It was a total team effort.”

Collaros spread the ball out , finding 9 different pass-catchers throughout the game.

“It just felt good,” Collaros said. “To win a home opener in front of these fans, I’m just really happy for our team. We worked out butts off in training camp and got the results we wanted.”

“It’s a good thing to get the ball rolling, I guess,” said Collaros. “It’s a very long season and we’ve just got to focus on the next game and I’m excited to go to Ottawa.”

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Alouettes Release Johnny Manziel

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The Montreal Alouettes have released former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Montreal traded two first round draft picks to acquire Manziel last year, and the CFL has announced that it will not approve a Manziel contract should another CFL team attempt to sign him.

Apparently, Manziel violated his contract with the Alouettes, according to the team.

With the AAF in play, and the XFL arriving next season, it is likely that Manziel is looking to latch on with either of those two leagues as opposed to continuing to play in the CFL.

However, if Manziel is looking to draw significant interest his play in the CFL left much to be desired.

Manziel appeared in 8 games for Montreal during his tenure, throwing 5 touchdowns verse 7 interceptions, certainly disappointing numbers that won’t elicit much excitement.

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Argonauts Sign Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson

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Get ready for an endless amount of toilet jokes and bathroom humor because the Toronto Argonauts have signed defensive tackle Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson, according to an official team announcement.

Johnson, 26, has played 25 games over two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after trying to latch on to NFL teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.

Toronto has been revamping their defensive line and Johnson is another addition that they hope will aid them in their efforts.

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Eskimos’ Mike Reilly Joins 25,000 Passing Yards Club

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Edmonton Eskimos’ signal caller Mike Reilly joined the 25,000 passing yards club on Saturday night after throwing for 424 yards in a 40-24 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

“First 30 minutes, we came out swinging. I thought the guys executed great, guys were making plays all over the field,” Reilly said, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Despite his stellar performance, the Edmonton offensive line struggled throughout the game with protection, allowing the Alouttes to collect 5 sacks throughout the game, making Reilly’s job that much more difficult in the victory.

“Credit to Montreal. They dialled up the pressure a little bit at the end of the second quarter, and that continued on, really, for the rest of the game,” Reilly said. “Our guys did a good job at picking it up and putting points on the board, but they were a little harder to come by than they were in the first half.”

The victory over Montreal, along with his milestone performance, comes just a few days before Reilly and his wife are expecting their second child.

“It’s going to be nice for the next two days to focus on family,” Reilly stated. “Super excited to welcome another little girl into this world. It’ll be short lived though as we go back to work on Monday evening, and we’ve got a short week before heading out to Hamilton.”

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