2016 Saskatchewan Roughriders season

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2016 Saskatchewan Roughriders season
Head coach Chris Jones
General manager Chris Jones
Home field Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field
Record 5–13
Division place 5th, West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Team MOP Naaman Roosevelt
Team MOC Tyler Crapigna
Team MOR Justin Cox
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The 2016 Saskatchewan Roughriders season was the 59th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 107th season overall. The Roughriders finished in 5th place in the West Division with a 5–13 record and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Roughriders improved upon their 3–15 record from 2015, but were eliminated from the playoffs three days after recording their fourth win, making this the second straight season that the Roughriders missed the playoffs. For the fourth consecutive season, the club held their training camp at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon with the main camp beginning on May 29.[1] In week 16 on October 10, 2016, the Roughriders were officially eliminated from post-season contention, after the Montreal Alouettes lost to the Edmonton Eskimos.[2]


CFL Draft[edit]

The 2016 CFL Draft took place on May 10, 2016. The Roughriders had seven selections in the eight-round draft, including the first overall selection following a league-worst 3-15 record in 2015.

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 1 Josiah St. John OL Oklahoma
3 24 Elie Bouka DB Calgary
3 26 Quinn van Glyswyk K UBC
4 35 David Onyemata DL Manitoba
5 36 Alex Ogbongbemiga LB Calgary
6 52 Alex McKay OL Manitoba
8 62 Joshua Stanford WR Kansas

On December 7, 2015, the Roughriders announced they had hired former Edmonton Eskimos head coach Chris Jones as new head coach and general manager after a 3-15 season in 2015. Jones had won the 103rd Grey Cup with the Eskimos a week before being hired by the Roughriders. On December 9, Jones hired John Murphy, assistant general manager of the Calgary Stampeders, as the Roughriders' new VP of player personnel. On December 15, the Roughriders cut 19 players, including veterans Tyron Brackenridge, Weldon Brown and Taj Smith. On December 18, the Roughriders traded defensive lineman Andre Monroe to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for offensive lineman Jarriel King. On December 21, the Roughriders released more veterans, this time Tristan Jackson and Paul McCallum.

In the new year, the Roughriders made more signings, including Caesar Rayford on January 8, and Derrius Brooks on January 11th. They would also acquire receiver Maurice Price from the Redblacks. On January 16, the Roughriders released veterans Weston Dressler and John Chick, a move that received backlash from fans despite the move freeing up cap space. Dressler had signed a 4-year contract extension less than a year prior. Dressler would go on to sign with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, while Chick moved east to sign with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. On January 17, the Roughriders signed veteran defensive lineman Shawn Lemon. On January 20, the Roughriders restructured the contract of Darian Durant, a move that freed up cap space.

In the days leading up to CFL Free Agency, the Roughriders re-signed Spencer Moore and Rob Bagg, and on free agency day, re-signed veteran offensive lineman Chris Best. Veteran linebacker Shea Emry would announce his retirement from the league. The Roughriders would be busy during free agency, signing receivers John Chiles, Jeremy Kelley and Shamawd Chambers, offensive lineman Andrew Jones, linebacker Greg Jones, running back Curtis Steele, returner Kendial Lawrence and defensive lineman Justin Capicciotti. They would also acquire defensive backs Graig Newman, Otha Foster and Ed Gainey. The team would make trades as well, acquiring Bruce Campbell from the Argonauts and Tevaughn Campbell from the Stampeders. There would be releases as well, such as Keenan MacDougall and Jake Doughty.

On March 23, 2016, the Roughriders released an updated version of their logo that has been used since 1985. That same day, the Roughriders signed former Stampeders national running back Matt Walter.


The 2016 season will be the Roughriders' final season at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, where they will have played for the last 107 years. The new Mosaic Stadium, currently under construction, is slated to be completed in late 2016, but the Roughriders will not move into the stadium until the 2017 season. In December 2015, the team launched its "Farewell Season" campaign, which will feature tributes leading up to and during the season, and branded merchandise featuring a commemorative logo.[3]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
A Sat, June 11 7:00 p.m. CST vs. BC Lions L 16–28 0–1 TSN Mosaic Stadium 16,141 Recap
B Sat, June 18 2:00 p.m. CST at Edmonton Eskimos L 11–25 0–2 None Commonwealth Stadium 29,416 Recap


Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Y−Calgary Stampeders 18 15 2 1 31 586 369 9–1 L1 Details
X−BC Lions 18 12 6 0 24 545 454 5–5 W3 Details
X−Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 11 7 0 22 497 454 5–5 W1 Details
X−Edmonton Eskimos 18 10 8 0 20 549 496 5–5 W2 Details
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 5 13 0 10 350 530 1–9 L3 Details


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
1 Bye
2 Thurs, June 30 8:00 p.m. CST vs. Toronto Argonauts L 17–30 0–1 TSN/RDS2/ESPN2 Mosaic Stadium 29,896 Recap
3 Fri, July 8 8:00 p.m. CST at Edmonton Eskimos L 36–39 (OT) 0–2 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 Commonwealth Stadium 34,196 Recap
4 Sat, July 16 5:00 p.m. CST vs. BC Lions L 27–40 0–3 TSN/RDS Mosaic Stadium 31,014 Recap
5 Fri, July 22 7:00 p.m. CST vs. Ottawa Redblacks W 30–29 1–3 TSN/RDS2 Mosaic Stadium 30,172 Recap
6 Fri, July 29 5:00 p.m. CST at Montreal Alouettes L 3–41 1–4 TSN/RDS Molson Stadium 20,018 Recap
7 Thurs, Aug 4 8:00 p.m. CST at Calgary Stampeders L 15–35 1–5 TSN/RDS2/ESPN2 McMahon Stadium 28,532 Recap
8 Sat, Aug 13 5:00 p.m. CST vs. Calgary Stampeders L 10–19 1–6 TSN Mosaic Stadium 33,427 Recap
9 Sat, Aug 20 5:00 p.m. CST at Hamilton Tiger-Cats L 7–53 1–7 TSN Tim Hortons Field 24,166 Recap
10 Fri, Aug 26 8:00 p.m. CST at Edmonton Eskimos L 25–33 1–8 TSN/RDS2/ESPN2 Commonwealth Stadium 37,168 Recap
11 Sun, Sep 4 1:00 p.m. CST vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers L 25–28 1–9 TSN Mosaic Stadium 33,427 Recap
12 Sat, Sept 10 2:00 p.m. CST at Winnipeg Blue Bombers L 10–17 1–10 TSN Investors Group Field 33,234 Recap
13 Sun, Sept 18 2:30 p.m. CST vs. Edmonton Eskimos W 26–23 (OT) 2–10 TSN Mosaic Stadium 30,328 Recap
14 Sat, Sept 24 7:30 p.m. CST vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats W 20–18 3–10 TSN Mosaic Stadium 30,029 Recap
15 Bye
16 Fri, Oct 7 5:00 p.m. CST at Ottawa Redblacks W 30–32 (OT) 4–10 TSN TD Place Stadium 24,668 Recap
17 Sat, Oct 15 2:00 p.m. CST at Toronto Argonauts W 29–11 5–10 TSN BMO Field 15,023 Recap
18 Sat, Oct 22 2:00 p.m. CST vs. Montreal Alouettes L 14–19 5–11 TSN/RDS Mosaic Stadium 30,223 Recap
19 Sat, Oct 29 5:00 p.m. CST vs. BC Lions L 6–24 5–12 TSN Mosaic Stadium 33,427 Recap
20 Sat, Nov 5 5:00 p.m. CST at BC Lions L 18–41 5–13 TSN BC Place 26,481 Recap




2016 Saskatchewan Roughriders roster

Running backs


Offensive linemen

Special Teams

Defensive linemen


Defensive Backs

Injured List

6-Game Injured List

Practice Roster

Italics indicate International player
Roster updated 2016-11-08
Depth ChartTransactions
46 Active, 10 Injured, 18 Six-Game Injured,
0 Suspended, 7 Practice

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Coaching staff[edit]

2016 Saskatchewan Roughriders staff
Front Office
  • President and CEO – Craig Reynolds
  • General Manager and Director of Football Operations – Chris Jones
  • U.S. Scout – Ron Selesky
  • Manager of Media Relations & Football Communications – Ryan Pollock
  • Director of Athletic Therapy – Ivan Gutfriend
  • Manager of Equipment – Gordon Gilroy
  • Manager of Football Research and Development – Chad Hudson
  • Manager of Football Administration – Aaron Thompson

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Coaching Staff
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