I was almost that guy who bought a Trevor Harris Elks jersey to start the 2021 COVID-19 CFL season. With my tattered and worn-out Mike Reilly jersey screaming to be replaced, all I needed to do was order a jersey from the Elks online store. Fortunately, the Elks online store was mess and I couldn’t figure out how to order a new jersey. There were no jerseys to be found at the game day stores, so I just gave up. Oddly enough, then GM Brock Sunderland and former Head Coach Jaime Elizondo also gave up on an Elks jersey for Trevor Harris when he was benched, then shipped to Montreal on October 17th, 2021.
It’s a football decision. We need better play at the quarterback position and we believe we can get that from Taylor [Cornelius].”Former Elks GM Brock Sunderland speaking to the media after Trevor Harris was traded to Montreal. Full interview can be watched here GM Brock Sunderland : Full Interview @elks https://www.goelks.com/2021/10/17/gm-brock-sunderland-full-interview/
Well, we all know how the Taylor Cornelius experiment went for Brock and Jaime as Harris’ tenure in Montreal ended after four Regular Season appearances and a playoff loss in the Eastern Semi-Final. While in Montreal, he threw for 703 yards and 8 TDs.
Now that no one owes Trevor Harris a giant contractual bonus, he is a free-agent QB who could make any team without a quarterback a potential contender in 2022. Of course, in the Elks stables there is already Nick Arbuckle, Taylor Cornelius and Dakota Prukop. Will Chris Jones hang on to this ensemble of unproven players for 2022? Does he look to the free-agent pool of first and second tier QBs like Zach Collaros and Dane Evans? Maybe, Trevor Harris returns with a reasonable contract and returns to the form he was in prior to the this past season.
Trevor Harris’ QB Passing Statistics
2012 to 2014 as a backup in Toronto, he threw for a total of 705 yards and 3 TDs.
2015 as a starter in Toronto, he threw for a total of 4354 yards and 33 TDs.
2016 to 2018 as a starter in Ottawa, he threw for a total of 13 096 yards and 68 TDs.
2019 to 2021 as a starter in Edmonton, he threw for a total of 5595 yards and 22 TDs (Note: there was no season in 2020 and he played only 19 games over his two seasons in Edmonton.
Risk/Rewards of bringing Harris back to the Green and Gold
Risk – Harris doesn’t stay healthy to play a complete season.
Risk – Inconsistent play from 2021 continues.
Reward – Comes back re-invigorated to reestablish himself as a #1 QB and leads the Elks to the playoffs.
Reward – Experience.
Risk – We never get to find out what Nick Arbuckle has to offer this league as a starter.
Who am I kidding?
Ok, I think I better wait until May before I buy my new Elks jersey. There is probably no way that Harris returns to the Elks. You fans in Ottawa may want to save up your logging bucks as a return to the Redblacks wouldn’t be an unrealistic option for Trevor Harris (and maybe Greg Ellingson).