Redblacks offensive committee decides on quarterback by committee approach

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Ottawa’s offensive committee has decided on the same approach for the Redblacks quarterbacks.

Davis started the season as the No. 1 QB until he was removed from the role in favour of Jennings.

Head coach Rick Campbell benched Davis during the Redblacks’ loss to Saskatchewan in Week 11. Davis was picked off by the Riders on the first three Ottawa possessions. He completed 3-of-6 passes for 23 yards. That’s as many connections with his own team and the opposition. Davis has a 3-5 record as Ottawa’s No. 1 QB. He leads the CFL in interceptions with 14, a large reason why the switch was made.

Jennings was benched against the B.C. Lions in Week 15 after completing less than 50 percent of his passes (8-of-17) for 121 yards and one interception. He’s 0-5 as the starting signal caller for the Redblacks and thrown more interceptions than touchdowns 3-7 during his time in Ottawa so far. The offence failed to score a touchdown in both games versus B.C. who has one of the worst defences in the CFL.

Will Arndt came into the game versus the Lions and hit on 6-of-11 attempts for 61 yards with an interception while adding three carries for 16 yards. Arndt has yet to start a CFL game, but he has seen action four times in 2019. The offence did appear to have a little more energy with the 26-year-old on the field.

Overall Ottawa has scored a league-low 222 points with Davis and Jennings trading places as the starter.