Darrell Davis explains why Riderville vets Johnson and Blake returned.

Micah Johnson and Philip Blake had returned. Why? They weren't necessary. They should know better since they at least once managed to stay. 

Away from the Saskatchewan Roughriders' version of trench warfare, where every player is evaluated while the team is losing.  

But there they were once more, having fun during the first exercise on a hot day with fully-padded, one-on-one drills that regularly leave. 

Lineman hurting, snarly, filthy, and fatigued, during the CFL team's 2023 training camp at Griffiths Stadium.Blake answered honestly. 

When asked if he favored days with no pads workouts and little contact, "Every day is my favorite day."

Blake is in his second season with the Roughriders, and on an offensive line that sorely needed to be rebuilt, he is expected to start at left guard.

This is Johnson's third time signing with Saskatchewan. While uncommon, quarterbacks Frank Tripucka and Kevin Glenn each.  

joined the team three times in previous decades, according to Riders historian Rob Vanstone, but it's not unheard of.