CFL Wk 7 - QB Target Charts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB David Watford
This looks about how you thought it would if you soaked in the Ticats-Stampeders shootout from Friday night. Watford had 10 rushes, many which came from a full house backfield and was efficient, but was essentially game planned into protecting the football above all else.
Calgary Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell
The strangest part of target charts for me in 2021 is that Bo Levi Mitchell since returning from the broken leg has become Trevor Harris, but a less efficient Harris. Usually Bo has these wild spray charts that cover every corner of the field as he is a threat to put it up anywhere, anytime. Not the case over the last two weeks.
Toronto Argonauts QB Nick Arbuckle
I thought Arbuckle was tremendous Friday night in Regina. He threw with accuracy for the most part and continues to get more comfortable throwing the ball vertically with slow, but steady improvement.
Saskatchewan Roughriders QB Cody Fajardo
Fajardo returned from concussion protocol, but was very much treated as a player still in recovery. The ball came out quick - when he released it at all - and the average depth of target was significantly shorter than his season averages.
Montreal Alouettes QB Vernon Adams Jr.
At first glance you might think this is a 'when the mice are away the cats will play' situation with VA at the controls and Khari Jones sidelined due to a positive COVID test, but I think it was a case of Montreal chasing, playing at home and VA just being VA regardless of who his coach on the sideline is. I'm excited to call the Montreal-Toronto game Friday night on TSN where we should have a couple great notes for you all on his tendencies.
BC Lions QB Michael Reilly
A 100% completion rate for Reilly under 11 YIA combined with a couple home runs tells the story of BC's continued success as Reilly vaults his way back into the playoff picture.
Edmonton Elks QB Taylor Cornelius
Plenty of potential according to everyone in the Elks organization, but Cornelius was pretty underwhelming in his first CFL start. Late throws, balls left inside and minimal pocket awareness around his goal line were the low lights but no question he has the arm strength and mobility to grow his game. The question becomes at happens first, his development or defences figuring out his game?
Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Zach Collaros
Ho hum, another efficient victory for Zach and the Bombers as he leans on the ground game and completes a high percentage of passes under 10-yards. This broken record will continue to play until further notice.
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.