Matt Shiltz to start at QB in place of Darian Durant in Als season finale

Rookie quarterback Matt Shiltz will make his first career start against Hamilton in Week 20, according to Montreal Gazette Alouettes beat reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

The first-year quarterback has played in three games completing 28-of-45 passes for 289 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Shiltz could be followed by Antonio Pipkin who would be making his CFL debut if he takes the field in Steeltown. That means it’s unlikely Darian Durant plays when the Als travel to face the Ticats and there is speculation already beginning about his future in Montreal.

“I have a lot of football left in me, you better believe it,” Durant said to Zurkowsky. “At the end of the day it’s a business. I understand that. Kavis [Reed] and the powers to be, they’ll make that decision. I have a lot of football left in me. I hope it’s in Montreal. If not, I know I’ll be ready to go.”

Reed, the Alouettes general manager who will be back in that role in 2018, doesn’t want to rule Durant out of the team’s plan for next season.

“We signed him because of his pedigree and because of the things he brings to the table. This season hasn’t gone the way none of us expected or wanted,” Reed said. “The quarterback’s going to shoulder a lot of that. I wouldn’t say we’re going to say Darian is not part of the future. We have to look at the whole picture. He’s not satisfied and we’re not satisfied. We know he’s better than that. We have to put the pieces together and see why his play has gone down.”

Durant started 15 games for the Alouettes in 2017, passing for 3,233 yards, 15 touchdowns and a league-high-tying 16 interceptions while completing 274-of-417 passes. Most importantly, Durant put up a 3-12 record as a starter during his first season with the Alouettes.

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