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CFL Spotlight: Week 1 Standouts – Evans, Hardrick, and Winnipeg O-Line Earn Accolades

The Canadian Football League (CFL) kicks off its Honour Roll for the 2023 season with some standout performances. In Week 1, Ciante Evans, Jermarcus Hardrick, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ offensive line have earned their places on the CFL Honour Roll. This recognition is powered by Pro Football Focus (PFF), a platform renowned for its in-depth game analysis.

PFF’s Methodology: PFF takes a meticulous approach to analyzing game footage, dissecting every play to provide context to each action on the field. The PFF team assigns over 200 unique data points to each player and play, which are then used to calculate Player Grades on a scale of 0 to 100. These grades offer a numerical representation of a player’s performance in their respective position. For more insights, visit pff.com/grades.

CFL Honour Roll – Week 1 Highlights:

Offensive Lineman of the Week:

  • Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (WPG 42 – HAM 31)
    • PFF Player Grade: 84.5
    • Contributed to 29 rushes for 145 yards, including 22 carries for 113 yards by Brady Oliveira.
    • Supported QB Zach Collaros in his 30 pass attempts, accumulating 354 yards and three touchdowns.
    • Part of the unit that gained 471 yards of net offense in 63 plays, averaging 7.5 yards per play.
    • Allowed only one sack.

Defensive Back of the Week:

  • Ciante Evans, Montreal Alouettes (MTL 19 – OTT 12)
    • PFF Player Grade: 85.7
    • Recorded two interceptions, two defensive tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one pass knockdown.

Offensive Line of the Week:

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers (WPG 42 – HAM 31)
    • PFF Player Grade: 78.0
    • Top Performers:
      • Jermarcus Hardrick: 84.5
      • Stanley Bryant: 80.1
      • Chris Kolankowski: 75.5

All-Week 1 Honour Roll Team:

  • QB: Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 84.0
  • RB: Brady Oliveira, Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 70.7
  • REC: Eugene Lewis, Edmonton Elks – 79.7
  • OL: Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 84.5
  • DL: Anthony Lanier II, Saskatchewan Roughriders – 84.2
  • LB: Avery Williams, Montreal Alouettes – 77.9
  • DB: Ciante Evans, Montreal Alouettes – 85.7
  • K/P: David Côté, Montreal Alouettes – 77.9
  • ST: Kyle Wilson, Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 92.0

Top Performances of 2023 (So Far):

  • Ciante Evans, DB, Montreal Alouettes – 85.7
  • Jermarcus Hardrick, OL, Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 84.5
  • Anthony Lanier II, DL, Saskatchewan Roughriders – 84.2
  • Zach Collaros, QB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 84.0
  • Eugene Lewis, REC, Edmonton Elks – 79.7

As the CFL season unfolds, players will continue to strive for excellence on the field. The CFL Honour Roll shines a spotlight on those who have made significant contributions to their team’s success. These players have set the bar high in Week 1; let’s see who rises to the challenge in the weeks to come.

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