Calgary Stampeders’ QB Jake Maier named CFL’s top performer for Week 1 by PFF

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Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Jake Maier has been named the CFL’s top performer for Week 1 by Pro Football Focus (PFF).

The fourth-year passer completed 21-of-26 pass attempts for 252 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in his team’s season-opening 32-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He received a PFF grade of 94.0.

Toronto Argonauts’ defensive lineman Jared Brinkman was named PFF’s top defensive player of the week with a grade of 92.5. The third-year defender recorded three defensive tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble over 38 snaps as part of his team’s 35-27 win over the B.C. Lions.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats had the highest-graded offensive line of the week, earning a grade of 71.0. The unit helped spring James Butler for 119 yards along the ground, while Bo Levi Mitchell ran for 36 yards and was sacked only one time.

The CFL partnered with PFF for the first time ahead of the 2023 season. The American company uses game footage to review every player on the field and grades their individual performances on a scale from zero to 100.

The league unveils the top-graded players from PFF each week. Offensive and defensive players must play a minimum of 25 snaps to be eligible and special teams players must play at least 10. Ties are broken by the number of snaps played.

The top-graded players from each position were as follows for Week 1.

  • QB | Jake Maier | Calgary | 94.0
  • RB | James Butler | Hamilton | 81.2
  • REC | Tyler Snead | Montreal | 79.8
  • OL | Brandon Revenberg | Hamilton | 76.6
  • DL | Jared Brinkman | Toronto | 92.5
  • LB | Wynton McManis | Toronto | 80.0
  • DB | Rolan Milligan Jr. | Saskatchewan | 76.2
  • RET | Mario Alford | Saskatchewan | 79.8
  • K/P | Rene Paredes | Calgary | 83.9
  • ST | Kelon Thomas | Calgary | 88.1

The top ten graded offensive and defensive performances from the 2023 season thus far are as follows.

  1. 94.0 | W1 | QB | Jake Maier | Calgary
  2. 92.5 | W1 | DL | Jared Brinkman | Toronto
  3. 91.6 | W1 | QB | Trevor Harris | Saskatchewan
  4. 90.4 | W1 | DL | Jake Ceresna | Toronto
  5. 90.1 | W1 | QB | Cody Fajardo | Montreal
  6. 85.2 | W1 | DL | Mustafa Johnson | Montreal
  7. 83.6 | W1 | DL | Folarin Orimolade | Toronto
  8. 82.2 | W1 | QB | Bo Levi Mitchell | Hamilton
  9. 81.2 | W1 | RB | James Butler | Hamilton
  10. 80.7 | W1 | RB | Dedrick Mills | Calgary