Ever since his emergence into the Canadian Football League, Saskatchewan Roughrider receiver Weston Dressler has been a force to be reckoned with. He is unfortunately out for the rest of this season (his second in the CFL) with a broken leg. However when he is on field he gives opposing defences fits. The 5"8 180 pound receiver isn't big in size but he is big in heart and determination. Last year in his rookie season he was awarded the CFL rookie of the year award over Hamilton Tiger Cat receiver Prechae Rodriguez. He finished his rookie season with 56 receptions for 1123 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also added 5 catches for 93 yards in the Western Division Semi Final. The remarkable thing about those statistics is that Dressler didn't start at receiver until week 3 of the season.
Dressler must have never heard about the term "sophomore slump" because his second season was just as good as his first. He started off the season with 154 yards on 7 catches in the season opener against the visiting British Columbia Lions. He continued with a strong season up until October 10 against the Toronto Argonauts where he broke his fibula on a high caught ball and landing awkwardly. Being the warrior he is, he tried to hobble off the field the best he could but it was obvious he was in extreme pain. Dressler finished the season with 62 catches for 941 yards and 3 touchdowns. If he would have kept on this pace he would have had 1232 yards receiving on the year.
Those stats however would have only put Dressler sixth in receiving yards in the CFL. However the stats can be misleading. Dressler's yards per catch average went down 5 yards from last year's average. This could be due to the fact that Roughrider Quarterback Darian Durant struggles at throwing deep passes which was Dressler's specialty in his first year in the league. Dressler only had 8 catches over 20 yards long and only 4 over 30 yards this year. In his rookie year in all 12 games where he started Dressler had a catch over 20 yards and 10 games with a catch over 30 yards. This shows how Dressler needs to receive more deep throws.
Dressler who was recently named to the Western Divison all star team, has the potential to put up record breaking numbers if he is given the oppurtunity to receive deeper passes.Darian Durant, the up and coming star is only going to improve so Dressler may get more oppurtunities next season.This article obviously shows how much the Riders will miss Dressler in the playoffs. Dressler will get another oppurtunity next season which is his last year in his contract to put up mind boggling stats and hopefully get a big contract extension with the Riders.
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