CFL quarterback rankings ahead of week 6 and 3 stars of the week for week 5.
Stars of the Week:
1st Star: Zach Collaros.
28 attempts, 20 completions, 71% completion, 231 yards, 2 touchdowns.
2nd Star: Vernon Adams Jr.
25 attempts, 20 completions, 80% completion, 283 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 rush, and 22 rushing yards.
3rd Star: Trevor Harris
29 attempts, 19 completions, 292 yards, 66% completion 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 1 rush for 13 rushing yards.
Other Week 6 Articles:
1. Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Previous Ranking #QB1
It was another strong week for Zach Collaros. He completed 20 of his 28 passes for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was a complete team win for Winnipeg so Collaros was never required to do a lot but he was very efficient and did everything his team needed him to do. Over 5 games Collaros has completed 68.1% of his passes and 1,246 yards. He has 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and the highest QBR in the league.
2. Vernon Adams Jr., BC Lions, Previous Ranking #QB5
Vernon Adams Jr. had a very good game against Montreal. Last week against Toronto he threw 6 interceptions. In week 5 against Montreal, he completed 20 of his 25 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown. He was fortunate to have a penalty takeaway an interception he threw in the first minute of the game that would have otherwise been a pick 6. VA3 has been one of the best at distributing the ball to his different receivers so far this season which many of the talented receivers on the Lions’ roster have benefited from at different times. His 1,532 passing yards have him leading the league by almost 300 yards currently as he has averaged 306 yards per game.
3. Trevor Harris, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Previous Ranking #QB3
Trevor Harris completed 19 of his 29 passes for 292 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the win against Edmonton. He also added 1 rush for 13 yards. Saskatchewan’s offense was stifled oftentimes in week 5 against Edmonton but Harris still finished with a very productive day and one of the higher passer efficiency ratings of the week. It would have been exciting to see the Saskatchewan-Edmonton game be settled in overtime, but a last-minute rouge won the game for Saskatchewan.
4. Cody Fajardo, Montreal Alouettes, Previous Ranking #QB2
Cody Fajardo had another good performance against BC as he completed 24 of his 39 passes for 280. He also added 57 rushing yards on 8 rushes and a touchdown. Fajardo has been very efficient and is 2nd in the league in QBR and has the most rushing yards of any quarterback.
Over the first 3 games, there seemed to be a tendency to target the same 2 receivers quite a lot in Austin Mack and Kaion Julien-Grant. This is not a problem in itself but it does create a aspect of predictability. Montreal brought in 2 new rookie receivers for their first CFL game in Quartney Davis and Tyler Snead and Cody Fajardo did a good job spreading the ball around as the 2 accounted for 11 targets combined.
Fajardo is third in passing yards per game but he only has 2 touchdown passes which both came in the same game.
While I have been very impressed by Fajardo’s efficient passing play and could talk all day about how valuable his elusiveness is and ability to pick up rushing yards, he needs to score more points as well.
5. Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts, Previous Ranking #QB4
On the bye week in week 5.
6. Matthew Shiltz, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Previous Ranking #QB11
Shiltz put together a pretty good game for Hamilton as the Tiger-Cats picked up their first win of the season. He completed 19 of his 26 passes for 233 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also added 30 rushing yards on 5 rushes. It was his 2nd start of the season. In his first start, he threw for 345 pass yards against Montreal but had 2 interceptions without a touchdown. Shiltz seems to be a capable quarterback that Hamilton can put together some wins with during Bo Levi Mitchell’s injury. Hamilton will play this Thursday on the road in Edmonton.
7. Taylor Cornelius, Edmonton Elks, Previous Ranking #QB10
After a couple of weeks of quarterback controversy, the Elks went back to Taylor Cornelius under center. General Cornelius looked very good at times and was utilizing his legs more which was a big part of what made him dangerous last year. He completed 17 of his 29 passes for 226 yards. On the ground, he picked up 58 rushing yards on 11 rushes and a touchdown. His final play of the game was an interception in the final minute of the game. CFL fans were robbed of an overtime game as Edmonton gave up a rouge after a mental error that gave Saskatchewan the game-winning point with 1 minute left.
8. Jake Maier, Calgary Stampeders, Previous Ranking #QB7
Maier had a game to forget against Winnipeg. Against Winnipeg, he completed 14 of his 25 passes for 122 yards and an interception. He had some nice passes early in the game but was very limited in his production and was ultimately pulled from the game about halfway through the fourth quarter. Maier’s 2 touchdowns to 6 interceptions leave a lot to be desired.
9. Dustin Crum, Ottawa RedBlacks, Previous Ranking Unranked
Dustin Crum had some good moments throwing in relief of Jeremiah Masoli following his injury. Crum came into the game with just under 5 minutes left in the first half. He completed 14 of his 21 passes for 149 yards. Crum also added 91 yards on the ground in 6 rushes and a touchdown. He did throw 2 interceptions but had a lot of yards in just a little over a half of football.
10. Jarret Doege, Edmonton Elks, Previous Ranking #QB12
Doege completed 19 of his 33 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown with 3 interceptions in his start in week 4. Edmonton has gone back to Taylor Cornelius so it is uncertain exactly what his utilization will be moving forward.
Moving forward, players with long-term injuries will not be included in this ranking but are listed below with their previous ranking.
(IR) Jeremiah Masoli, Ottawa Redblacks, Previous Ranking #QB5
Ottawa’s offense has really struggled in Masoli’s absence. Fans were very excited for Masoli’s first game of the season after suffering a season-ending injury early last year. Masoli completed 6 of his 10 passes for 37 yards and an interception before going down with a non-contact injury. It was later revealed to be a ruptured Achilles and he is done for the season. Fans and players of all CFL teams were very disheartened by this injury. For the 2nd straight week in a row, Ottawa has had a quarterback suffer a season-ending injury.
(IR) Bo Levi Mitchell, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Previous Ranking #QB8
On the 6-game injured list following the week 2 loss to Toronto.
(IR) Tyrie Adams, Ottawa Redblacks, Previous Ranking #11
In his week 4 start he helped end Ottawa’s 14-game at-home losing streak. He completed 14 of his 20 passes in that game for 185 yards. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury during the game.
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