CFL weekly receiver rankings and summaries reflecting on performances in week 8 looking ahead to week 9.
Stars of Week 8:
1st Star: Shawn Bane Jr (SSK)
12 targets, 10 catches, 144 yards, 33 YAC, and 1 touchdown.
2nd Star: Tevin Jones (SSK)
11 targets, 9 catches, 132 yards, 62 YAC.
3rd Star: Reggie Begelton (CGY)
11 targets, 8 catches, 102 yards, 22 YAC.
CFL First Period All-Star Team (Weeks 1-7)
Stats courtesy of TSN.ca
Week 8: 27-0 W @ Edmonton Elks, Week 9: @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 9 Ranking and Week 8 Stats
7 – Keon Hatcher – Previous Ranking: 6 – Week 8 Statline: 9 targets, 5 catches, 87 yards.
Early in the Lions’ win over Edmonton we nearly saw a long pass by a receiver on a little trickery as Keon Hatcher overthrew Alexander Hollins just a touch on a deep ball.
10 – Dominique Rhymes – Previous Ranking: 8
Missed week 8 due to an injury. Is starting against Winnipeg.
15 – Alexander Hollins – Previous Ranking: 16 – Week 8 Statline: 6 targets, 5 catches, 94 yards.
Alexander Hollins led the team in receiving in week 8. He had BC’s longest play of the game on a post route for 55 yards. Hollins has been a star this season and added another big game. There has been a pattern of Hollins having a big game when BC has other key receivers missing games due to injury.
21 – Lucky Whitehead – Previous Ranking: 25 – Week 8 Statline: 8 targets, 6 catches, 54 yards.
Whitehead was reliable on many plays in week 8 and did a good job getting open. He did have a drop on a pass that Edmonton ran back for a touchdown but after a review, it was ruled to be an incompletion rather than a fumble.
32 – Jevon Cottoy – Previous Ranking: 34 – 5 targets, 5 catches, 30 yards.
Cottoy caught all 5 of his targets. In the third quarter, he caught 2 quick passes for 10 yards and 9 yards on back-to-back plays that were almost entirely YAC in which he powered through defenders for extra yards..
43 – Justin McInnis – Previous Ranking: 43 – 2 targets, 2 catches, 35 yards, 1 TD.
McInnis is another receiver who has often stepped up when called upon. He is back to a 2nd string role with Dominique Rhymes returning to the lineup this week. Last week he caught both of his targets including a 23-yard touchdown.
NR – Terry Williams – Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
No targets in week 8 which he was listed as a 2nd string receiver.
Week 8: 18-25 L @ Montreal, Week 9 vs Toronto
Week 9 Ranking and Week 8 Stats
1 – Reggie Begelton – Previous Ranking: 2 – Week 8 Statline: 11 targets, 8 catches, 102 yards.
Begelton is having an excellent season. He once again led the team in yards in the loss to Montreal. He also had the longest play of the night for Calgary which was a great catch on a good throw by Jake Maier over Begelton’s shoulder in double coverage.
12 – Tre Odoms-Dukes – Previous Ranking: 14 – 12 targets, 8 catches, 87 yards.
Odoms-Dukes was the most targetted receiver for Calgary in week 8. 36 of his 87 yards were YAC. His longest play was a 22-yarder on a well-designed play with crossing routes. He was the recipient of a well-timed hit by Kordell Rodgers that caused him to drop the ball as a result of good defense on a 2nd and 5 in the first half.
28 – Clark Barnes – Previous Ranking: 27 – 5 targets, 2 catches, 29 yards.
Barnes had a bit of a quieter night. He had a first-down catch on a quick pass from Jake Maier in the 2nd quarter. Montreal’s secondary played Calgary pretty well such as a good break up on one of Barnes’s targets in the 2nd quarter by Wesley Sutton.
36 – Luther Hakunavanhu – Previous Ranking: 36 – 5 targets, 1 catch, 9 yards.
Despite being targeted 5 times Hakunavanhu only had 1 reception. A lot of Calgary’s incompletions were caused by good pass rushing.
38 – Marken Michel – Previous Ranking: 37 – 4 targets, 0 catches, 0 yards.
No catches in week 8. Michel did actually have a nice catch in the 2nd half on a very low pass while Maier was under pressure but it was incorrectly called an incompletion and Calgary was out of challenges.
IR – Cole Tucker – Previous Ranking: 45
Currently on the 1 game injured list.
NR – Tommylee Lewis – Previous Ranking: Not Ranked – 2 targets, 1 catch, 6 yards.
Lewis had a nice 8 yard run on a sweep. He did have a drop in the 2nd half that would have resulted in a first down.
Week 8 0-27 Loss vs BC Lions, Week 9: Bye Week
20 – Kyran Moore – Previous Ranking: 19 – Week 8 Statline: 6 targets, 4 catches, 61 yards.
Moore had a good a good catch in the first quarter going up and grabbing a pass thrown over the defender. In the 2nd quarter, he caught a short pass that he turned into a first down through the power of YAC as Cornelius was pressured. 25 of his 61 yards were YAC. His longest play was a 31-yard pass in which Cornelius threw under pressure.
22 – Dillon Mitchell – Previous Ranking: 24 – 5 targets, 3 catches, 64 yards.
On the Elks’ first drive, Dillon Mitchell did a good job getting open for a pass over the middle but it was negated by a hands to the face penalty by the offensive line. Mitchell had the biggest play of the night for the Elks which was a 54-yard play in the 4th quarter.
24 – Steven Dunbar Jr. – Previous Ranking: 22 – 2 targets, 2 catches, 21 yards.
Dunbar had some nice YAC on a short pass in the first quarter for a 12-yard play. His other reception was a quick pass for 9 yards in the third quarter.
40 – Vincent Forbes-Mombleau – Previous Ranking: 40 – 2 targets, 0 catches, 0 yards.
Did not record a catch in week 8.
NR – Gavin Cobb – Not Ranked – 4 targets, 1 catch, 9 yards.
Cobb’s only catch came as Cornelius was rolling to his right and threw to Cobb over the middle in the 2nd quarter.
Week 8: 13-31 L vs Toronto, Week 9: vs Ottawa
2 – Tevin Jones – Previous Ranking: 3 – Week 8 Statline: 11 targets, 9 catches, 133 yards.
Jones had a lot of plays in which he caught a short pass and took off. An astonishing 62 of his 133 yards against Toronto were YAC. Toronto had a very effective pass rush forcing Mason Fine to get rid of the ball quickly and Jones did a good job getting open quickly.
4 – Shawn Bane – Previous Ranking: 10 – 12 targets, 10 catches, 144 yards, 1 TD.
Bane’s longest play was a pass over the middle involving a lot of YAC for 42 yards. Bane had a lot of good catches and led the team in yards and receptions. He also had Saskatchewan’s only touchdown which was a 31-yard pass from Jake Dolegala.
17 – Samuel Emilus – Previous Ranking: 18 – 6 targets, 5 catches, 91 yards.
Emilus made a lot of good plays such as a catch over the middle as he got hit by Wynton McManis. On another play, Qwantez Stiggers missed a tackle on Emilus who turned the play into a 12-yard gain.
33 – Mitchell Picton – Previous Ranking: 31
Missed week 8 due to an injury.
45 – Jake Wieneke – Previous Ranking: – 5 targets, 1 catch, 13 yards.
Wieneke’s only catch came from Mason Fine as he rolled to his right to set up first and goal in the first quarter.
49 – Brayden Lenius – Previous Ranking: – 4 targets, 2 catches, 12 yards.
Lenius caught 4 of his 2 targets. One of his targets the throw was thrown too high and slightly behind Lenius for him to be able to adjust to and make the catch.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Week 8: Bye Week, Week 9 vs BC Lions
5 – Dalton Schoen – Previous Ranking: 4
6 – Kenny Lawler – Previous Ranking: 5
11 – Nic Demski – Previous Ranking: 9
30 – Drew Wolitarsky – Previous Ranking: 29
31 – Rasheed Bailey – Previous Ranking: 30
47 – Greg McCrae – Previous Ranking: 46
51 – Carlton Agudosi – Previous Ranking: 44
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were on the bye this past week. The Bombers receiving room has recently gotten a lot stronger with Kenny Lawler’s immigration issue resolved. In Lawler’s season debut, he had 7 catches for 93 yards and was the most targetted receiver as he received 9 of the 24 targets.
Lawler joins an already loaded receiving room that possesses 2 receivers who are top 10 in the league in receiving yards in Dalton Schoen and Nic Demski. Drew Wolitarsky and Rasheed Bailey are both top 10 in receiving touchdowns.
This week Kenny Lawler, Dalton Schoen, Nic Demski, Drew Wolitarsky, and Rasheed Bailey are starting with Greg McCrae and Brenden O’Leary-Orange providing depth.
Carlton Agudosi has been moved to the practice roster but has made some very nice plays in the last 2 seasons.
Week 8: 16-12 W @ Ottawa, Week 9 vs Montreal
13 – Tim White – Previous Ranking: 12 – Week 8 Statline 8 targets, 4 catches, 46 yards.
White had a nice play in the 1st quarter pushing a pair of defensive backs further as he fought for extra yards. White made a good block at the start of the play in which Locksley scored a 75-yard touchdown. Ottawa’s secondary was playing good defense limiting White from having more catches such as a short pass that Ottawa’s Branding Dandridge broke up resulting in an interception in the 4th quarter..
14 – Duke Williams – Previous Ranking: 15 – 8 targets, 5 catches, 54 yards, 1 TD.
Duke Williams made a great play in the first quarter getting open in the endzone and made a good catch for the touchdown.
19 – Terry Godwin – Previous Ranking: 23 – 8 targets, 5 catches, 71 yards.
Godwin was 2nd in receiving yards for Hamilton in week 8. 23 of his 71 yards were YAC. He did a good job getting open near the left sideline on an out route in the 2nd quarter. He made a good catch on a low pass in the third quarter. Godwin made an important block downfield on Dandridge who was closing in on Kai Locksley on his long touchdown. Godwin even played a little defense in week 8 as he did a perfect job punching the ball out of Dandridge’s hands after an interception helping Hamilton get the ball back for what resulted in an unorthodox first down.
39 – Kiondre Smith – Previous Ranking: 39 – 4 targets, 1 catch, 13 yards.
Smith’s only catch was a good one over the middle. Smith did a good job blocking at the start of the screen play in which Kai Locksley scored a 75-yard touchdown.
42 – Richie Sindani – Previous Ranking: 42
Was not targeted in week 8.
NR – Kai Locksley – Previous Ranking: Not Ranked – 4 targets, 2 catches, 91 yards, 1 TD.
Kai Locksley was listed as a third-string quarterback in week 8 but lined up often as a receiver. Edmonton looked like major fools for releasing Locksley as he had a spectacular 75-yard touchdown on a screen play with good blocking. Locksley is a player who can play both quarterback and receiver.
Week 8: 31-13 W vs Saskatchewan, Week 9: @ Calgary
18 – DaVaris Daniels – Previous Ranking: 17 – Week 8 Statline: 4 targets, 2 catches, 34 yards.
Both of his catches were darts from Kelly over the middle. He did have a drop on a play that the ball was put over top of Saskatchewan’s coverage but tipped off Daniels’ fingertips for an incompletion.
23 – Damonte Coxie – Previous Ranking: 21
Is currently on the 1 game injured list.
27 – Kurleigh Gittens Jr. – Previous Ranking: 26 – 3 targets, 2 catches, 12 yards.
Somewhat of a quieter day for Gittens Jr.
35 – Cam Phillips – Previous Ranking: 38 – 6 targets, 4 catches, 38 yards.
Phillips’ longest play of the day was a 16-yard reception over the middle that he made a good catch on as he laid out to make the play.
41 – David Ungerer III – Previous Ranking: 41
Did not receive a target in week 8. Has been playing in a 2nd string capacity the last couple of weeks.
44 – Dejon Brissett – Previous Ranking: 44 – 3 targets, 2 catches, 5 yards, 1 TD.
Brissett’s nicest catch was in the back corner of the end zone on a successful 2-point conversion that came directly after he scored a touchdown.
NR – Jeremiah Haydel – Previous Ranking: Not Ranked – 1 target
Jeremiah Haydel is getting the start this week against Calgary. Last year he had 6 receptions for 39 yards. He played college for Texas State in college and was a member of the LA Rams in 2021 but did not play a regular season game with them. This week is a great opportunity for Haydel to show what he can do at the CFL level.
Week 8: 12-16 L vs Hamilton, Week 9 @ Saskatchewan
9 – Justin Hardy – Previous Ranking: 11 – Week 8 Statline: 7 targets, 5 catches, 65 yards.
Hardy did a great job fighting for extra yards on a catch early in the 2nd quarter. He did drop a short pass on a 2nd and 6 on an out route that likely would have set up a 3rd and short opportunity. He had a great first down in the final 2 minutes of the game spinning away from a defender before making another miss and picking up the first down.
16 – Nate Behar – Previous Ranking: 13 – 3 targets, 2 catches, 16 yards.
Behar had a nice block on a linebacker in the 1st quarter helping his quarterback as Crum was scrambling for a first down. There was a strange play in which Crum showed good arm strength early in the 4th quarter in which the ball was in the air for over 50 yards and it landed between Jaelon Acklin and Nate Behar but neither adjusted to the football. Behar had a drop in the final 2 minutes on a 2nd and 9 that would have been a first down. The next play he redeemed himself catching the pass on a similar route as he adjusted to the ball behind himself and absorbing a hit as he caught the ball keeping the game alive.
26 – Jaelon Acklin – Previous Ranking: 20 – 4 targets, 2 catches, 17 yards.
Acklin had a good play in which he slipped under a defensive back’s arms evading a tackle before running for a first down.
29 – Maurice Ffrench – Previous Ranking: 28
Maurice Ffrench is joining the RedBlacks after being released by Edmonton. He was named to our Preseason All-Star team as no other receiver had more yards or catches in the preseason. Ottawa fans will hope Ffrench can be a similar story to Kai Locksley who was also recently released by Edmonton and had a 75-yard touchdown this past week with his new team playing for Hamilton.
37 – Shaq Evans – Previous Ranking: IR – 5 targets, 1 catch, 14 yards.
Evans had 2 drops he should have caught in his first game of the season. One was an out right in the first quarter and the 2nd was over the middle in the 4th quarter. He will bounce back.
50 – Siaosi Mariner – Previous Ranking: 48
Was not targeted in week 8.
Week 8: 25-18 W vs Calgary, Week 9: @ Hamilton
3 – Austin Mack – Previous Ranking: 1 – Week 8 Statline: 5 targets, 3 catches, 37 yards.
Mack had a drop early in the game that was thrown high over the middle. He had a first down that was mostly YAC in the 2nd half. His other target which was an incompletion was overthrown in the 2nd half.
8 – Kaion Julien – Grant – Previous Ranking: 7 – 9 targets, 5 catches, 71 yards.
Kaion Julien-Grant was arguably the best receiver in the Calgary-Montreal game. He had a great catch over the middle early in the game. He did drop a difficult pass in the first quarter. He was put in a vulnerable position on a pass thrown high in which he had to go up and get it behind the line of scrimmage before absorbing a hit from Titus Wall but still made the catch.
Fajardo threw him a good pass which he caught over the middle.KJG did have a drop near the far sideline on a pretty good pass by Fajardo.
There was a play in which he beat Moxey with his route running and got open downfield but the pass was underthrown as Fajardo was hit as he threw it. There was a 2nd down in the final minute in which he got wide open deep downfield on what would have been a touchdown to put the game away but the ball was heavily overthrown despite good pass protection.
25 – Tyson Philpot – Previous Ranking: IR
Philpot was only targetted once in week 8 and it was thrown too far ahead of him over the middle in the 2nd half.
34 – Tyler Snead – Previous Ranking: 32 – 3 targets, 1 catch, 5 yards.
Snead had a drop on a short pass in the final seconds of the first half on a play in which the outcome would not have mattered. He had a good catch over the middle holding on as he absorbed a hit from Branden Dozier.
48 – Hergy Mayala – Previous Ranking: 47 – 1 target, 1 catch, 11 yards.
Mayala’s only catch was a good one on an out route making sure he got a foot in bounds to set up a 3rd and 1.
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