Redblacks release DB A.J. Jefferson, after S.J. Green victimizes him

Ottawa has cut defensive back A.J. Jefferson, according to the man himself.

Jefferson was victimized by S.J. Green in Ottawa’s Week 3 loss to Toronto.

The Redblacks originally signed Jefferson to a one-year deal during free agency in February. He played two games for Ottawa this season.

The Fresno State product began his CFL career with Toronto and played two years with the Argos in 2015 and 2016. In 30 games he made 91 tackles and six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Before coming to the CFL, Jefferson played four seasons in the NFL, split between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He made 109 tackles, knocked down 19 passes and intercepted two passes in 43 games.

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19 Comments on Redblacks release DB A.J. Jefferson, after S.J. Green victimizes him

  1. Can you say over reaction ???

    • He was beaten badly in the two games he played.
      Do you keep him around and he gets beat in more games?
      The team believes that the other DBs can do a better job.
      It’s football it happens.

  2. Glenner // July 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm //

    Hardly an over reaction. More like message sent to the room.

  3. DBs victimized by Green are a very big club.

  4. mightypope // July 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm //

    Yep, nobody has been beaten by S. J. Green before.I hope the ‘Cats can find some way to nab Jefferson quickly.

    • Yes, and when he lines up against SJ he will get beat again. When he lines up against Ellingson he will get beat.
      Good luck

  5. I have a feeling The TiCats are going after him.

  6. rogieshan // July 10, 2017 at 6:22 pm //

    Jefferson wasn’t getting much help from his partners in the secondary, especially safety Pruneau and halfback Gavins, but I think Corey Tindal has looked like the better option at corner, anyway. The team also recently brought in BC castoff Adrian James and he is four years younger than AJ.

  7. Marcel Desjardins should have released the person that called that quick-kick.

    • GoCats! // July 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm //

      Not sure Desjardins would be smart to release what is likely a valuable coach or HC for an early season gaffe.

      Maybe if it is repeated in a playoff game or GC that loses them the game.

  8. Ross Campbell // July 10, 2017 at 8:36 pm //

    There must have been more to the story than the missed play on SJ Green. One mistake and you are gone from the team. Really?

    • “He said he believed we did it to go with the young guys, but it’s not just an age thing,” Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins said. “It’s not like we’re going young. But we felt younger guys could bring more to the table. We like what we have with Corey Tindal and some of the other guys.

      “It’s not just salary, either. Everything was taken into consideration. Was (Saturday’s game) a major consideration? No. This wasn’t something that was spur of the moment. The game was maybe the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

  9. Brandon MacDonald was cut by them because he took dumb penalties but apparently he was rubbing people the wrong way in the locker room too. I certainly didn’t get that sense out of Jefferson (didn’t really have the time!) but maybe something’s been silently brewing since camp.

    • Silently brewing? the guy didn’t do his job he was cut, football is a tough sport.
      Obviously the coaches believe the other DBs can do a better job.

      • CC Rider // July 11, 2017 at 11:23 am //

        I’m referring to the comment about how this wasn’t spur of the moment.

        Jefferson played all of two games. If you cut everyone that has two bad games in a row, Hamilton doesn’t have a roster.

        So I think there’s more to it than just struggling against SJ Green, because he’s in great company as far as that goes.

  10. I like to look at it from a different perspective. A.J. only played 1 quarter of competitive football in pre-season. He played the season opener against Calgary, and although he did not get a lot of action, he was beat on a post route off of a great stem while he peeked into the backfield. He missed the week 2 game vs Calgary with a lower body injury and then when he returned he was beat on double cut routes by S.J. Green catch (2nd video posted in this article). We don’t have the benefit of being in the room and watching the game film grading process but I am sure it was not an in the moment decision. A lack of reps in the pre-season likely hurt him but bad technique and an inability to make plays will always spell bad news for any player.

    • CC Rider // July 12, 2017 at 10:46 am //

      You may have seen it, but Derek Taylor pointed out that Jefferson was on Green for only four of Green’s receptions. Unfortunately, two were the particularly bad ones, but the other two were (I believe) a 3-yard and a 10-yard reception.

      So I believe Desjardins when he says that there was more going on there than just getting canned for one bad game.

  11. AJ a 4 year NFL vet. Anybody can have a bad game once in a while. Should go back to the Argos or elsewhere where he will be appreciated.

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