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Riders expecting improved Reilly

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REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders expect to see a much different Mike Reilly this weekend.

The Edmonton quarterback will be looking to help the Eskimos avenge a 39-18 opening-day thrashing when the Roughriders visit Commonwealth Stadium today.

"He has a different level of experience now," Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin said, citing a number of intangibles such as "maturity" and "poise."

Reilly completed only 17 of 35 passes for 259 yards against Saskatchewan on opening day. He threw for a touchdown, but was intercepted three times.

Now seven games into the season, Reilly has connected on 128 of 206 passes for 1,728 yards, with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also carried the ball 26 times for 229 yards and a touchdown, and even caught a 15-yard touchdown strike from slotback Cary Koch.

That includes an impressive performance in a close loss to Toronto last week, when he went 35-of-46 for 511 yards and three touchdowns.

"He is definitely finding his groove," said Roughriders LB Weldon Brown.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 24, 2013 C2

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