The Montreal Alouettes have signed wide receiver Tyson Philpot to a 1 year contract extension keeping him in the nest through 2025. Philpot caught the game-winning touchdown in the Grey Cup with 13 seconds left.
Philpot was a big part of Montreal’s game plan in the Grey Cup often being utilized on bubble screens to create plays that allowed Fajardo to distribute the ball quickly and minimize the effectiveness of Winnipeg’s pass rush. Philpot had 6 receptions for 63 yards and a 19-yard touchdown to put the Alouettes ahead at the end of the game. Philpot contributed on special teams in the Grey Cup with a crucial 30-yard punt return on a 40-yard punt early in the 4th quarter which gave Montreal great field position on a drive that led to a touchdown. He also contributed in run blocking such as a good downfield block on a 12-yard William Stanback run in the 4th quarter.
Philpot had the most receptions among all players over the CFL postseason and was 4th in receiving yards finishing with 15 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Philpot played in 13 games over the regular season and caught 47 passes for 532 yards and 5 touchdowns. He had somewhat of a slower start to his season after missing the first 5 games due to a leg injury. He averaged 22 yards per game over his first 7 games and did not have a touchdown. He had a breakout game in his 8th game which was week 15 against Toronto during which he had 9 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Over his final 6 games of the season, he averaged 63 yards per game and had 5 touchdowns.
2022 was Philpot’s rookie season after being drafted in the first round at 9th overall by the Alouettes out of the University of Calgary. In 2022 he played every game for Montreal catching 39 passes for 459 yards and 2 touchdowns. He played in a backup role over his first 15 games slowly seeing his target share increase over the season before becoming a starter for Montreal’s final 3 regular season games and 2 playoff games. He had a breakout game in Montreal’s playoff loss to Toronto contributing 8 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Montreal now has both quarterback Cody Fajardo and Tyson Philpot locked in through the 2025 season.
Montreal has some decisions to make regarding other receivers currently not under contract for the 2024 season including Regis Cibasu, Greg Ellingson, and Jake Harty. Montreal also has all 3 of their runningbacks pending to hit free agency.
Cibasu played every game except 1 for Montreal over the past 2 seasons in a backup role making a positive impact on special teams and pass protection. Greg Ellingson has had several injury problems the last few seasons but has still performed at a high level when healthy. Jake Harty started every game for the Alouettes over the postseason and was instrumental in pass protection in the Grey Cup such as on Austin Mack’s 33-yard reception.
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