2017 Toronto Argonauts season

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2017 Toronto Argonauts season
Head coachMarc Trestman
General managerJim Popp
Home fieldBMO Field
Division place1st, East
Playoff finishWon 105th Grey Cup
Team MOPRicky Ray
Team MOCSean McEwen
Team MORJames Wilder Jr.
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The 2017 Toronto Argonauts season was the 60th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 145th season overall. The Argonauts finished the season in first place in the East Division and finished with a 9–9 record.

The Argonauts improved upon their 5–13 record from 2016 with their sixth win after 13 games and clinched a playoff spot following a Hamilton Tiger-Cats loss on October 13, 2017.[1] The team hosted their first playoff game since 2013, in which they defeated the crossover Saskatchewan Roughriders in the East Final by a score of 25–21. The Argonauts made their 23rd appearance in the Grey Cup championship game and won for the 17th time in the 105th Grey Cup game in Ottawa against the league-leading Calgary Stampeders by a score of 27–24. It was the third largest fourth-quarter comeback in Grey Cup history (eight-point deficit) and the Argos became the first team in Grey Cup history with two touchdowns of 100-plus yards.[2]

With the 2018 Toronto Argonauts team failing to qualify for the playoffs, the 2017 Argonauts became the first championship team since the 1970 Montreal Alouettes to miss the playoffs in both the preceding and following years.

Going back to the beginning of the year, it was announced on February 28, 2017 that Jim Popp would assume the duties of general manager and Marc Trestman would take on head coaching duties.[3] The end result, as noted above, was a stark contrast to their 2016 season, with people calling for the dismissal for Jim Barker and Scott Milanovich toward the latter portions of the 2016 Toronto Argonauts season.


CFL Draft[edit]

The 2017 CFL Draft took place on May 7, 2017.[4] The Argonauts had six selections in the eight-round draft after trading the first overall pick for Drew Willy and their sixth-round pick for S. J. Green.[5][6]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team Hometown
2 10 Mason Woods OL Idaho Port Coquitlam, BC
3 19 Evan Foster DL Manitoba Chilliwack, BC
4 27 Robert Woodson DB Calgary Calgary, AB
5 36 Nakas Onyeka LB Wilfrid Laurier Brampton, ON
7 54 Justin Herdman LB Simon Fraser Winnipeg, MB
8 63 Matthew Carson DL Calgary Calgary, AB


The Toronto Argonauts won their first preseason game with a dominant defensive performance, returning two Montreal interceptions for touchdowns in the game.[7] In the second preseason game, this time on the road, the Argos came back to win against their hated rivals Hamilton – while notably not giving any game reps to Grey Cup-winning quarterbacks Ricky Ray or Drew Willy.[8]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
A Thurs, June 8 7:30 p.m. EDT vs. Montreal Alouettes W 24–20 1–0 None BMO Field 5,532 Recap
B Fri, June 16 7:30 p.m. EDT at Hamilton Tiger-Cats W 23–16 2–0 Ticats.ca Tim Hortons Field Recap


 #  Games played with colour uniforms.

Regular season[edit]


Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Y–Toronto Argonauts 18 9 9 0 18 482 456 6–2 W2 Details
X–Ottawa Redblacks 18 8 9 1 17 495 452 5–3 W3 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 6 12 0 12 443 545 4–4 W1 Details
Montreal Alouettes 18 3 15 0 6 314 580 1–7 L11 Details


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
1 Sun, June 25 4:00 p.m. EDT Hamilton Tiger-Cats W 32–15 1–0 TSN/ESPN2 BMO Field 13,583 Recap
2 Fri, June 30 7:00 p.m. EDT BC Lions L 15–28 1–1 TSN/ESPN2 BMO Field 11,219 Recap
3 Sat, July 8 7:00 p.m. EDT @ Ottawa Redblacks W 26–25 2–1 TSN/RDS TD Place Stadium 24,347 Recap
4 Thurs, July 13 8:30 p.m. EDT @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers L 25–33 2–2 TSN/RDS Investors Group Field 25,085 Recap
5 Mon, July 24 7:30 p.m. EDT Ottawa Redblacks W 27–24 3–2 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 BMO Field 15,801 Recap
6 Sat, July 29 6:30 p.m. EDT @ Saskatchewan Roughriders L 27–38 3–3 TSN Mosaic Stadium 33,350 Recap
7 Thurs, Aug 3 7:30 p.m. EDT Calgary Stampeders L 24–41 3–4 TSN BMO Field 11,616 Recap
8 Fri, Aug 11 7:30 p.m. EDT @ Montreal Alouettes L 9–21 3–5 TSN/RDS Molson Stadium 19,712 Recap
9 Sat, Aug 19 4:00 p.m. EDT Montreal Alouettes W 38–6 4–5 TSN/RDS BMO Field 16,326 Recap
10 Sat, Aug 26 9:00 p.m. EDT @ Calgary Stampeders L 7–23 4–6 TSN McMahon Stadium 26,150 Recap
11 Mon, Sept 4 6:30 p.m. EDT @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats L 22–24 4–7 TSN Tim Hortons Field 23,926 Recap
12 Bye
13 Sat, Sept 16 4:00 p.m. EDT Edmonton Eskimos W 34–26 5–7 TSN BMO Field 13,182 Recap
14 Sat, Sept 23 7:00 p.m. EDT Montreal Alouettes W 33–19 6–7 TSN/RDS BMO Field 12,862 Recap
15 Sat, Sept 30 6:30 p.m. EDT @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats W 43–35 (OT) 7–7 TSN/RDS2 Tim Hortons Field 24,067 Recap
16 Sat, Oct 7 4:00 p.m. EDT Saskatchewan Roughriders L 24–27 7–8 TSN/RDS2 BMO Field 15,102 Recap
17 Sat, Oct 14 7:00 p.m. EDT @ Edmonton Eskimos L 27–30 7–9 TSN/RDS2 Commonwealth Stadium 26,738 Recap
18 Sat, Oct 21 4:00 p.m. EDT Winnipeg Blue Bombers W 29–28 8–9 TSN/RDS BMO Field 15,532 Recap
19 Bye
20 Sat, Nov 4 10:00 p.m. EDT @ BC Lions W 40–13 9–9 TSN BC Place 19,233 Recap


 #  Games played with colour uniforms.
 #  Games played with white uniforms.



Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
East Semi-Final Bye
East Final Sun, Nov 19 1:00 p.m. EST Saskatchewan Roughriders W 25–21 1–0 TSN/RDS/ESPNews BMO Field 24,929 Recap
[[105th Grey Cup]] Sun, Nov 26 6:30 p.m. EST Calgary Stampeders W 27–24 2–0 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 TD Place Stadium 36,154 Recap
 #  Games played with colour uniforms.



Toronto Argonauts roster

Running back


Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

1-Game Injured List

6-Game Injured List

Practice Squad


Italics indicate international player
Roster updated 2017-11-26
Depth chart
Transactions (argonauts.ca)
Transactions (cfl.ca)
46 Active, 16 Injured, 2 Six-game
7 Practice Roster

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Coaching staff[edit]

Toronto Argonauts staff
Front Office and Support Staff  

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

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