Dressler, Getzlaf happy to stay under the radar

Simon, Smith and Carr eating up most of the headlines thus far
Reported by Joel Gasson
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They've been staples of the Roughriders offense for the last number of years, but so far this year, you haven't heard much about them.

Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf have been flying under the radar for the most part in Riderville so far this year thanks to the arrival of Geroy Simon, the emergence of Taj Smith and the questions surrounding Greg Carr either being with the team at all during camp, to how he'll do likely filing in for Simon this weekend in Edmonton.

All of this has left Dressler and Getzlaf almost as the forgotten ones, with Rob Bagg even receiving some attention thanks to his knees.

Frankly, neither of them are losing any sleep over it.

"That's always a good thing," said Getzlaf. "There's healthy competition across the board, and everyone is doing some good things."

"That's fine by me," said Dressler. "The biggest thing is we have a lot of weapons, and we have to make sure we use them all properly."

For Getzlaf it's almost a return to the Canadian Air Force days, when his role wasn't nearly as pronounced as it was the last few years as the depth at receiver dwindled a little bit. Needless to say in those days Getzlaf also had some of his most productive and consistent seasons, so perhaps he's looking forward to having less pressure on his shoulders.

"You think that you come in and you got guys making plays across the board, that makes a lot more options for the quarterback," he said.

It goes without saying that the other teams are definitely thinking about, and paying attention to Dressler and Getzlaf. At least they should be, or they could be in a world of trouble, so both won't be able to make it happen under this new cloak of invisibility.

"That might be good for them, maybe they can just perform," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "Hopefully those guys stay on a even keel, if they're getting the media or not."

It might be an even better sign that neither have been receiving much attention so far is the fact that they're learning an entirely new offense, so you could assume that they both haven't had much of a problem picking it up so far. For Dressler, the chance to learn a new play book for basically the first time in his professional career has been a good opportunity to learn and grow.

"Some of the stuff we've put in is very similar to things we've done in the past," he said. "But just having a different look at it, and running it slightly different then maybe we were first taught how to do it can be huge for us."

For some there have been a lot of questions about the offense after the pre-season finale last week against Calgary, but it's important to note that offensive coordinator George Cortez rolled out a very vanilla game plan, which is to be expected. The offense is looking forward to rolling out a more advanced play book this week against Edmonton.

"Up to now you're trying to make sure you have the basics down, that you're running the plays correctly that you've been learning through camp," said Getzlaf. "Now we have an opportunity to put it all together."

If all goes according to plan, neither of these receivers will be out of the spotlight for long, as they hope to let their play on the field do the talking.