CFL Week 2: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards

2K14XB0 Ottawa, Canada. 10th Sep, 2022. Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Damonte Coxie (86) points during the CFL game between Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks held at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. Daniel Lea/CSM/Alamy Live News

  • BC Lions lead the way: After their dominant Week 2 victory, the Lions had six players make the “Team of the Week.”
  • Zach Collaros proves to be the top QB yet again: He graded out as the top QB yet again, as his 88.8 passing grade narrowly edged out BC Lions’ QB Vernon Adams Jr.’s 87.0.
  • Damonte Coxie's impressive week: The receiver caught six of seven targets for a massive 131 yards (he drew a pass interference penalty on the other target).
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Week 2 in the CFL wrapped up with the Toronto Argonauts officially beginning their Grey Cup defense. They played very well in their win and see four of their players named to the “Team of the Week” — the third-most by any team, trailing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ five, and the BC Lions league-leading six players.


Team of the Week

Offense 

  • QB: Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RB: Taquan Mizzell Sr., BC Lions
  • Outside WR: Damonte Coxie, Toronto Argonauts
  • Slot WR: Dalton Schoen, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Slot WR: D’haquille Williams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Slot WR: Reggie Begelton, Calgary Stampeders
  • Outside WR: Samuel Emilus, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • LT: Jarell Broxton, BC Lions
  • LG: Drew Desjarlais, Ottawa Redblacks
  • C: Chris Kolankowski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RG: Sukh Chungh, BC Lions
  • RT: Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Defense

  • DI: Jared Brinkman, Toronto Argonauts
  • DI: Folarin Orimolade, Toronto Argonauts
  • Edge: Julian Howsare, Calgary Stampeders
  • Edge: Celestin Haba, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • LB: Boseko Lokombo, BC Lions
  • LB: Larry Dean, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Cover LB: Ben Hladik, BC Lions
  • CB: Tre Roberson, Calgary Stampeders
  • CB: Deontai Williams, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • HB: Titus Wall, Calgary Stampeders
  • HB: Emmanuel Rugamba, BC Lions
  • S: Robertson Daniel, Toronto Argonauts

Special Teams 

  • K: Sean Whyte, BC Lions
  • P: Bailey Flint, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Returner: Janarion Grant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Quarterback of the Week: QB Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Once again, Collaros finds himself the “Quarterback of the Week” after another impressive display. He graded out as the top QB yet again, as his 88.8 passing grade narrowly edged out BC Lions’ QB Vernon Adams Jr.’s 87.0. Collaros posted zero turnover-worthy plays and finished with a 74.3% adjusted completion percentage while also recording a league-high 13.1-yard average depth of target. He also picked up three first downs with his feet on scrambles, including his first rushing touchdown since 2015.


Offensive Player of the Week: WR Damonte Coxie, Toronto Argonauts

It was an impressive debut for Argos QB Chad Kelly (75.4 overall grade) and a large part of that was thanks to Coxie’s strong play. The receiver caught six of seven targets for a massive 131 yards (he drew a pass interference penalty on the other target). Two of those targets were contested catches, and he also forced three missed tackles after the catch. His 4.52 yards per route run was second in the entire league.


Offensive Line of the Week: BC Lions

The Lions offensive line has gotten off to a phenomenal start this season, allowing just one sack and four quarterback hurries this past week. Those five total pressures were the lowest allowed by any offensive line this week. It also helped spark a rushing attack that gained a league-leading 116 yards, with over a third of those yards coming before contact.


Pass-Rusher of the Week: Edge Julian Howsare, Calgary Stampeders

Howsare didn’t record a sack this week, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t effective. His 90.5 pass-rush grade led the league, and it wasn’t even close. Howsare recorded three hits, two hurries and an additional four pass-rush wins. His 25.0% win percentage was the highest in the league among defenders with more than 15 pass rush snaps.


Run Defender of the Week: DI Shawn Oakman, Toronto Argonauts

Oakman struggled rushing the passer this week, which is why he didn’t make it to the “Team of the Week.” However his play against the run deserves big praise. Oakman was the highest-graded run defender (81.1), with 40% of his run defense snaps resulting in a positive grade for him. He had two defensive stops and was the biggest reason the Tiger-Cats' run game gained a mere 11 yards before contact on 18 attempts.


Coverage Player of the Week: HB Titus Wall, Calgary Stampeders

There was a case for Wall to be the best defensive rookie in the CFL last year. He had a tough start to the season last week but if this week is any indication, he’s quickly rounding back into form. Wall was targeted four times in this game and allowed just two catches, breaking up the other two. Those two catches he did allow went for a mere 14 yards, and he made the tackle short of the sticks on both.

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