CFL Wk 6 - QB Target Charts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB Dane Evans
While the headline is Evans lower body injury and subsequent 4-6 week recovery timeline, the takeaway from week six for me was his continued accuracy on the home run shots. Back-to-back games against Toronto Evans lifted a skinny shot down the field hash to perfection.
Toronto Argonauts QB Nick Arbuckle
If you're an Argos fan and you see 0/8 with an INT on passes of 20+ yards in the air you're probably screaming to the heavens "WHY CAN'T WE HIT THE DEEP SHOT" but hear me out. This is actually GOOD.
Why? Arbuckle is growing, becoming a more complete QB in Toronto with Ryan Dinwiddie and increasingly welcoming the vertical passing game to his repertoire. Plus he was only inches off from a game breaking score on a few of these eight shots.
Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Cody Fajardo
I'm not sure what Winnipeg Fajardo did to deserve this kind of harassment from Richie Hall & Co. in Winnipeg, but the Riders held a lead on only 4% of offensive snaps between Labour Day and the Banjo Bowl. Even when chasing for 96% of the two game set, the balance and explosion seen early in the season just wasn't there.
Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Isaac Harker
Not much to read into here, but that lone sideline shot on the right sideline was an 18-yard comeback throw placed to perfection while getting hit. Harker has more arm talent than we give him credit for and while nobody wants to see him play because Fajardo is a duel threat monster worthy of MOP conversation, he is more than capable of handling Toronto this week under the right circumstances.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Zach Collaros
Two of the four incompletions were a throwaway or knock down at the line of scrimmage. Zach is the MOP as of week 6 of the 2021 CFL season thanks to his incredible efficiency and knack for hitting the home run. At 20+ yards Arbuckle went 0/8 with 1 INT, Collaros was 4/4 with 2 TDs.
Edmonton Elks QB Trevor Harris
Anytime I see a cluster of throws on the short right hash from Harris it's a bad sign, usually meaning there was too much pressure and he was quick to check it down to Wilder. A typical ho-hum game from a supremely talented receiving core that should be consistently producing much more.
Calgary Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell
Bo knows no rules or tendencies, as always Bo was all over the place on throw locations, but his accuracy in the first quarter was startling before settling in and targeting Markeith Ambles as much as humanly possible. Ambles and Jorden appear to be locked in with Bo while Josh Huff's chemistry lags behind, an important note for any fantasy or prop bettors.
Ottawa Redblacks QB Dominique Davis
Well, this went about as well as expected. Bad INTs, off target throws leaving receivers dangerously exposed, throwing teammates into coverage, off his back foot etc. Dominique Davis has a long way to go and I'm not sure he'll ever get there for Ottawa or anyone else but the reason he exists in the CFL is that one glorious yellow TD dot down the right sideline. He always shows you a flash just long enough to keep you interested.
BC Lions QB Michael Reilly
I thought this was Reilly's best outing of the season. He threw with confidence downfield, comebacks while getting hit, ball placement was excellent and loaded up a 48-yard bomb from his own goal line. Pretty special to see in full force albeit against a struggling Ottawa defence.
Marshall Ferguson is a former U SPORTS Quarterback at McMaster University now serving as CFP Founder, Host & Director of Content, play-by-play for the CFL on TSN, analyst for CFL.ca and dad to Noah.