Roughriders Improve Quarterback Situation With Trade

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IAugust 23, 2008

It was announced today that the Roughriders quarterbacking core just got a whole lot better with the addition of former Toronto Argonaut Michael Bishop for a conditional draft pick in the Canadian Draft.

The Riders offence looked very bad in their last game against the Eskimos and a big part of it was the lack of talent at quarterback. With their best quarterback in Darian Durant injured, the Roughriders had to turn to Stephen Jyles and Marcus Crandell who both cannot get the job done.

This will probably mean that Marcus Crandell will be released as Bishop will probably become the main man as the Roughriders will have a great one two punch combo of Darian Durant and Michael Bishop. Either one will be suitable as the starter and the other will make a fine backup.

This season, Bishop hasn't had a fantastic year as he has thrown 42 passes while completing 19 of them for three touchdowns and one interception. Although not great, his quarterback rating is still better than those of Marcus Crandell and Stephen Jyles.

Being 32, Bishop won't be the long term savior at the quarterback spot for the Riders as that spot clearly belongs to Darian Durant, but Bishop will help in the short term as he will be the starter as Darian Durant will be right behind with Bishop on a short leash.