Montreal Alouettes have been described as having one of the deepest wide receiver rooms in the CFL. With guys like Jake Weineke, Eugene Lewis, Krishawn Hogan, Kevin Kaya, Reggie White Jr., Fabian Guerra Jr., as well as rookies Tyson Philpot and Forbes Mombleau. Now you can add the name Chandler Worthy to this group.
This is an amazing group from top to bottom. Whether it is CFL National or CFL Global, draft picks line this position. With that being said, the Montreal Alouettes don’t seem content with the group they have.
The Toronto Argonauts made the first of their cuts this past Monday. Check out Mike Mitchell’s Article Discussing the moves made by Toronto.
One of the men released in this first round of cuts was wide receiver Chandler Worthy. Of the ten men handed their walking papers, it seems Montreal believed he was Worthy of a roster spot. The 28-year-old veteran wide receiver has signed a deal to join the Montreal Alouettes knowing he has an uphill battle to make the roster.
Worthy originally got his start in professional football with the Houston Texans after going undrafted out of Troy. During his brief playing time for Houston as a rookie he showed his versatility. He was able to add value in the passing game, as well as at punt and kick returner. Playing in just three games, ultimately the Texans did not bring him back in 2016.
He would latch on with the Jets, but only spend time on the offseason roster. He was released during final cuts on September 3rd 2016. About five months later he landed north of the border with Toronto. He would spend the next five years in Toronto with the Argos.
Over the next five seasons he would appear in just three seasons. In 2017 he played in 4 games catching just 1 pass for 5 yards. In 2018 he didn’t get into a game and was able to develop before the 2019 season. He would return to the field in 2019 to play in 3 games.
In this stretch he showed how valuable he can be to his offense by being targeted 20 times. He would catch 12 passes for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. He seemed to be garnering momentum headed into the 2020 season.
That was until covid 19 derailed any hope the CFL had to play a game in 2020. Due to this the 2021 season would prove to be interesting for everyone involved. Worthy was not immune to this effect. In 2021 he returned to the Argos once again.
In 2021 he would gain career highs in games played, receptions, targets, yards after catch, and tied his high of 2 touchdowns in 2019. However the numbers were paltry at best. He was targeted 24 times catching 16 passes for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 95 of his yards coming after the catch.
Worthy has also added value as a runner with 4 carries for 32 yards over his three seasons of play. In just 16 games played he would collect 65 punt returns for 572 yards with a long of 37 yards. In the kick return game with 39 returns for 800 yards with a long of 37 there as well. He wasn’t done yet adding 5 missed field goal returns for 162 yards and a long of 47 yards.
Worthy will look to seize the return position with the Alouettes in an effort to make the roster. This is his easiest path to a roster spot, but he isn’t without competition in 2022. With just one preseason game left, and 8 days left until the regular season kicks-off, did Worthy choose the right team to continue his career?
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