2019 Saskatchewan Roughriders season
The 2019 Saskatchewan Roughriders season was the 62nd season for the team in the Canadian Football League. It was the club's 110th year overall and its 104th season of play. The Roughriders qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive year and hosted a playoff game for the second consecutive year. They finished 13–5 in the regular season (their best record since 1970) and finished first place in the West Division for only the second time since 1976 and the first time winning the West Division crown since 2009. The 2019 West Final was the first time that the game was held at the new Mosaic Stadium and the second time a playoff game was held at the venue, the first coming during the previous season in 2018.
|2019 Saskatchewan Roughriders season|
|Head coach||Craig Dickenson|
|General manager||Jeremy O'Day|
|Home field||Mosaic Stadium|
|Division place||1st, West|
|Playoff finish||Lost West Final|
|Team MOP||Cody Fajardo|
|Team MOC||Cameron Judge|
|Team MOR||Dakoda Shepley|
This was Craig Dickenson's first season as head coach and Jeremy O'Day's first full season as general manager following the sudden departure of Chris Jones, who held both roles for the previous three years.
For the first time in its history, the CFL held drafts for foreign players from Mexico and Europe. Like all other CFL teams, the Roughriders held three non-tradeable selections in the 2019 CFL–LFA Draft, which took place on January 14, 2019. The 2019 European CFL Draft took place on April 11, 2019 where all teams held one non-tradeable pick.
|LFA||1||6||Rene Brassea||OL||Fundidores Monterrey|
|3||24||Francisco García||CB||Fundidores Monterrey|
|Euro||1||6||Max Zimmermann||WR||Potsdam Royals|
The 2019 CFL Draft took place on May 2, 2019. The Roughriders had six selections in the eight-round draft after trading their third-round pick in a package for Vernon Adams and their seventh-round pick for Brian Jones.
|1||6||Justin McInnis||WR||Arkansas State|
|2||15||Brayden Lenius||WR||New Mexico|
|8||71||Christopher Judge||DL||Cal Poly|
|B||1||Fri, May 31||7:00 p.m. CST||at Calgary Stampeders||L 1–37||0–1||TSN||McMahon Stadium||NA||Recap|
|C||2||Thurs, June 6||7:00 p.m. CST||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||L 29–35||0–2||None||Mosaic Stadium||28,706||Recap|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||11||7||0||22||508||409||7–3||W1||Details|
To accommodate for the viewership of the Toronto Raptors' 7:00pm CST NBA Finals Game 6 start time on June 13, the CFL moved up the start time of the league opener that same day from 5:30pm to 5:00pm.
In the late evening of August 9 at 9:06pm EDT, a weather delay was declared at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal due to an approaching thunderstorm with intense lightning; the Roughriders were leading the Alouettes 17–10 with 2:41 left in the 3rd quarter. Because the game had not restarted by 10:06pm EDT and over 7:30 had been played in the 3rd at that point, the game was decided to be official and the 17–10 score was declared final.
|1||1||Thu, June 13||5:00 p.m. CST||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||L 17–23||0–1||TSN/RDS||Tim Hortons Field||22,287||Recap|
|2||2||Thu, June 20||5:30 p.m. CST||at Ottawa Redblacks||L 41–44||0–2||TSN/RDS||TD Place Stadium||23,453||Recap|
|3||3||Mon, July 1||5:00 p.m. CST||vs. Toronto Argonauts||W 32–7||1–2||TSN/RDS2||Mosaic Stadium||30,121||Recap|
|4||4||Sat, July 6||8:00 p.m. CST||vs. Calgary Stampeders||L 10–37||1–3||TSN||Mosaic Stadium||29,147||Recap|
|6||5||Sat, July 20||5:00 p.m. CST||vs. BC Lions||W 38–25||2–3||TSN||Mosaic Stadium||31,602||Recap|
|7||6||Sat, July 27||5:00 p.m. CST||at BC Lions||W 45–18||3–3||TSN||BC Place||20,950||Recap|
|8||7||Thu, Aug 1||7:30 p.m. CST||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||W 24–19||4–3||TSN||Mosaic Stadium||29,516||Recap|
|9||8||Fri, Aug 9||5:00 p.m. CST||at Montreal Alouettes||W 17–10||5–3||TSN/RDS||Molson Stadium||16,580||Recap|
|11||9||Sat, Aug 24||5:00 p.m. CST||vs. Ottawa Redblacks||W 40–18||6–3||TSN/RDS||Mosaic Stadium||32,328||Recap|
|12||10||Sun, Sep 1||1:00 p.m. CST||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||W 19–17||7–3||TSN||Mosaic Stadium||33,356||Recap|
|13||11||Sat, Sept 7||2:00 p.m. CST||at Winnipeg Blue Bombers||L 10–35||7–4||TSN||IG Field||33,134||Recap|
|14||12||Sat, Sept 14||5:00 p.m. CST||vs. Montreal Alouettes||W 27–25||8–4||TSN/RDS||Mosaic Stadium||30,205||Recap|
|16||13||Sat, Sept 28||5:00 p.m. CST||at Toronto Argonauts||W 41–16||9–4||TSN||BMO Field||12,406||Recap|
|17||14||Sat, Oct 5||5:00 p.m. CST||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||W 21–6||10–4||TSN||Mosaic Stadium||31,080||Recap|
|18||15||Fri, Oct 11||7:30 p.m. CST||at Calgary Stampeders||L 28–30||10–5||TSN||McMahon Stadium||30,210||Recap|
|19||16||Fri, Oct 18||8:00 p.m. CST||at BC Lions||W 27–19||11–5||TSN||BC Place||18,043||Recap|
|20||17||Sat, Oct 26||5:00 p.m. CST||at Edmonton Eskimos||W 27–24||12–5||TSN||Commonwealth Stadium||29,228||Recap|
|21||18||Sat, Nov 2||2:00 p.m. CST||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||W 23–13||13–5||TSN/RDS2||Mosaic Stadium||29,156||Recap|
|West Final||Sun, Nov 17||3:30 p.m. CST||vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers||L 13–20||0–1||TSN/RDS/ESPN2||Mosaic Stadium||33,300||Recap|
Saskatchewan Roughriders Staff
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
- Dan Barnes (January 11, 2019). "'FUN ELEMENT': CFL set for inaugural draft of Mexican talent".
- "Mexico's top talent selected at CFL-LFA Draft". cfl.ca. January 14, 2019.
- "CFL to hold European lottery and draft in April". 3downnation.com. April 3, 2019.
- "Full results from the first ever European draft". cfl.ca. April 11, 2019.
- "An early look at the 2019 CFL Draft selection order". December 17, 2018.
- "Riders acquire QB Vernon Adams in trade with Als". August 15, 2017.
- "Riders acquire former 4th overall pick Brian Jones". August 20, 2018.
- 2019 Saskatchewan Roughriders Schedule
- CFL on TSN broadcast schedule
- "CFL moves season opener kickoff time up a half hour". June 11, 2019.
- "Defensive touchdowns lead Riders past Als in weather-shortened game". CFL.ca. August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- "CFL issues statement following shortened Week 9 game". CFL.ca. August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- 2019 schedule