Argos release former Ticats QB Jeff Mathews

With just a few days to go before main training camps are set to open, the Toronto Argonauts have released quarterback Jeff Mathews.

The only surprise surrounding this decision is the timing.

Mathews played in four contests and started one game for the Argos last season but lasted just 30 minutes, throwing for 67 yards on eight-for-12 passing, taking two sacks and losing a fumble. He was replaced at halftime by Cody Fajardo and did not see the field again in 2017, registering 10 straight DNPs to end the season.

Mathews started five games for the Tiger-Cats in his rookie season in 2015, posting 1,458 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. He played in one game in 2017, against Montreal, where he completed 18 of 29 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown.


15 Comments on Argos release former Ticats QB Jeff Mathews

  1. Jim Harvie // May 16, 2018 at 10:31 am //

    Off to Winnipeg then?

  2. More like off to the local YMCA rec league.

    Joke Matthews was a favourite of Shovelface Austin – – despite how unsuccessful time together at Cornell was.

    Might get a sniff somewhere else as a third string clipboard holder, but the guy is a terrible QB.

    • It’s just what the Stamps ordered, they are going into camp with 2 QBs right now

  3. Down to FIVE QBs in camp.
    My prediction is Ray will be the starter, Franklin backup, then it’s a battle for the 3rd spot with Bethel-Thompson at 6’4″ 230 lbs and Dakota Prokop.

    • wewert3 // May 16, 2018 at 8:14 pm //

      Popp must like Prukop because he was on Montreal’s neg list when Popp was GM over there. After Popp was fired and Reed cleared the neg list, Popp put Prukop on Toronto’s list. Then last year, Popp kept Prukop around as primarily a special teams player instead of a QB. Knowing that, I would find it hard to believe that Popp now releases Prukop.

  4. At least Toronto is working to develop QB’s. They seem to have established a decent pipeline of talent… like the Eskimos in the West. Good to see an eastern team doing this. cannot wait for the season to start!!

  5. Edward Leslie // May 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm //

    Not a shocker. Mathews hasn’t been that good, yet he’s been in the CFL for three years.
    This improves Noah Picton’s chances to become the third string quarterback (Behind Ray and Franklin). think his main competition is Dakota Prukop.
    Mcleod Bethel-Thompson is over 30 and has hardly taken any snaps in actual games, despite having been on about six NFL teams, one team in the UFL and two CFL stops (He was also on Winnipeg’s Practice Roster I believe).

    • McLeod Bethel-Thompson would be the ideal short yardage guy, Dakota Prukop is also over 6’2″ could also be the 3rd stringer. They both have experience that Picton doesn’t have. Picton has the size against him from making that 3rd string position.
      He does have a chance to prove himself but so do the other guys. If he’s cut, don’t complain that he wasn’t given a fair chance.

      • Franklin will be the short-yardage QB. As for the #3, Prukop may have the edge because he is also a very good special teams guy.

  6. bigplay // May 16, 2018 at 4:18 pm //

    I would be shocked if the Bombers do not sign and bring Mathews to camp and if not the Bombers the Alouettes might kick the tires.

  7. Edward Leslie // May 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm //

    Jeff: Well Picton hasn’t actually been given a chance just yet. He was just signed.
    Mathews was with Hamilton for two years and Toronto one year. He certainly got his opportunity.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal or Ottawa signs Mathews. It shows the lack of depth at quarterback around the league, whichbis a bit of an indictment of the teams’ development these days.
    Wasn’t it just a few years back that Toronto had Ricky Ray, Zach Collaros AND Trevor Harris all on the same roster??
    Maybe there’s another Collaros or Harris on some club’s depth chart now. Maybe he might even be a Canadian guy.

    • Could be another Collaros or Harris, there is a lot of NCAA Div 1 talent available.
      We haven’t seen a Canadian with the talent of a Collaros or Harris in 50 years. It’s a huge transition especially from the CIS to the CFL.
      The NCAA QBs don’t seem to have too much trouble transitioning.

  8. Noah Picton continuse as a Regina Ram for his 5th and final year of eligibility. Franklin will be in tough with Thompson to start, but as the season progresses Franklin’s stock will rise.

    • Mathews is a big guy and he could be a great backup with experience for another team.
      I agree Picton will return to the CIS, he will be given a chance but there is too much experience among-st the other QBs


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