Alouettes release QB Antonio Pipkin, Jeff Mathews becomes the backup

The Montreal Alouettes have shuffled quarterbacks after their Week 1 loss in B.C.

Antonio Pipkin has been released and Jeff Mathews, who was signed a week ago, has been elevated up the depth chart as Matthew Shiltz remains on the one-game injured list.

Pipkin spent the 2017 season in Montreal, playing one game completing 2-of-9 pass attempts for 14 yards against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Week 20.

Mathews was cut by the Toronto Argonauts days before training camp was about to begin. He 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.

The 26-year-old 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.

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