Ronnie Pfeffer wins Argos kicking job, Swayze Waters cut

The Toronto Argonauts have cut international kicker/punter Swayze Waters and it means Canadian Ronnie Pfeffer will likely enter the regular season as the Argos primary kicker and punter.

Argos coaches felt Pfeffer outperformed Waters in training camp and in the team’s first pre-season game. Pfeffer punted and kicked-off better than Waters against the Ticats last Friday. That completed the decision.

Pfeffer spent 2017 in Toronto but did not play in a game as Lirim Hajrullahu, who signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during free agency, handled all the duties.

Back in 2015, Pfeffer hit on 12-of-16 field goals (75 per cent) with a long of 52 yards and punted for 44.1 average. Keeping Pfeffer, the Wilfrid Laurier University product, allows the Argos to continue employing a national which provides flexibility with regards to the gameday roster and using designated imports.

Waters signed with the Argos in February. The 31-year-old earned a Grey Cup ring with Toronto in 2012. He was the CFL’s top special teams player in 2014 when he averaged 47.7 yards per punt and connected on 47-of-52 field goals but missed most of the 2015 season with a hip injury.

The Carolina Panthers brought Waters to training camp in 2016, but he was let go part way through. B.C. inked Waters to a deal in 2017, although after then-rookie Ty Long performed well in the first three games of the season he was released. Edmonton picked Waters up for five games near the end of the season, he made 11-of-15 field goals (73.3 per cent) with a long of 42 yards.

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