Arbuckle responded to deep ball criticisms with a lot of deep throws. He ended up with over 300 yards, so some good things to take from the game. It was hard to tell on the deep throws, whether it was timing, or he slightly overthrew them, but he had some terrific deep receptions, his play action slant throw is sharp, but he is still prone to being a bit loose with the ball and he needs to reduce the fumbles.
This grade is a little unfair as the Argos spent the whole game trying to catch up and that is going to cut into the running game. However, the White fumble on the first drive was an absolute killer. Foster had no chance to beat his linebacker on his redzone shot and White was absolutely stuffed on his goal line attempt. Not a good night for the dynamic backfield duo.
It was a Jekyll and Hyde night for the wide receiver crew. Rogers and Collins both had over 90 yards in receiving but both had really tough almost catches. There is so much talent in this group, but it is really frustrating to see almost catches and dropped contested balls. It would be great to see a guy step up and be the alpha of this group. Is it Daniels? Why is he invisible so often?
Four sacks and some poor blocking leave this unit with a low grade after a disappointing night in Saskatchewan. (That may sound redundant but…) The unit still has not settled on five who they can count on. It isn’t killing the team, but the pass pro needs to get better.
The line did not have a great night. The Saskatchewan running game gashed the Argos from the opening whistle. Powell ran with A LOT of space and racked up 122 yards, but it could have been 250 if they had stayed with him. Two sacks look good on the stat sheet, but more pressure needed. Some tough roughing penalties made for a brutal night.
This is a tough grade because the unit was decimated with injuries this game. Cam Judge looks gone for a while, hopefully not an Achilles injury but it didn’t look good. Hopefully Muamba can come back soon as well. The backers were blown off the ball by the OL all game and were unable to keep contain on Fajardo. If Cassar is healthy, a real chance to play is opening.
A big concern I had going in was how would the defensive backs handle losing their coach and I’m not sure, but it wasn’t a great game. Clearly, they were angry as most of the DBs had white socks on as what seemed like a protest. Peters and Butler had some great breakups and Shaq had a few solid hits, but the crew still needs to tighten their tackling. I thought it was a brutal PI call on Peters at the end of the half. They still are a helluva unit, only 212 passing for Sask.
Worthy is an upgrade at returner, and he looks like he has more of a chance to return one but still not as twitchy an athlete as I hoped for. The offside on the punt at the end of the half was symptomatic of a disappointing and undisciplined night. I still need more yardage from Bede on his punts. They didn’t really cause much damage, but they didn’t help much either tonight.
I feel for the coaching staff, just as they were gelling, they lose the DC and the DB coach. Obviously, that is going to create conflict within the team, but this team was not ready to compete tonight. 12 penalties are ridiculous, the fight on the field at the end is ridiculous, and failing to prove they are an elite team is frustrating as hell. Also don’t run out of shotgun at the goal line and don’t chase points on the 2 pt conversions.