2017 Ottawa Redblacks season

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2017 Ottawa Redblacks season
Head coach Rick Campbell
General manager Marcel Desjardins
Home field TD Place Stadium
Results
Record 0–0
Division place TBD, East
Playoff finish TBD
Uniform
CFL OTT Jersey.png

The 2017 Ottawa Redblacks season will be the fourth season for the team in the Canadian Football League. The Redblacks will attempt to improve upon their 8–9–1 record from 2016 and repeat as Grey Cup champions, in a season where Ottawa will host the 105th Grey Cup championship at TD Place Stadium. This will be the fourth season with Marcel Desjardins as general manager and Rick Campbell as head coach.

Off-season

Open Tryout Sessions

On January 15, 2017, the Redblacks announced they would be holding open tryouts across North America during the spring.[1] The dates and locations are listed in the table below:

Location Venue Date
Indianapolis, Indiana Decatur Central High School April 1
Durham, North Carolina North Carolina Central University April 2
Houston, Texas Houston Baptist University - Husky Stadium April 8
San Jose, California San Jose City College Stadium April 9
Atlanta, Georgia Georgia State University May 20
Las Vegas, Nevada Bill “Wildcat” Morris Rebel Park May 21

Coaching Staff

On December 23, 2016 the Redblacks announced they would be bringing back their entire coaching staff from the previous season.[2]

Retirements

On January 24, 2017 starting quarterback Henry Burris officially announced his retirement.[3] Burris joined the Redblacks prior to their inaugural season, and was the teams starting quarterback for the franchise's first two seasons, and then again for portions of the 2016 season, eventually leading the team to victory in the 104th Grey Cup game. The retirement pushes Trevor Harris into the starting quarterback role, having acquired him prior to the 2016 season for the purpose of being Burris' successor.

Free-Agency

The 2017 CFL free agency period officially opened at 12:00pm EST on February 14, 2017. Key transactions are listed below:

Retained

Date Position Player Name Ref.
December 14, 2016 LB Antoine Pruneau [4]
January 10, 2017 LB Taylor Reed [5]
February 10, 2017 WR Greg Ellingson [6]
February 13, 2017 DB Jerrell Gavins [7]
February 14, 2017 OL Nolan MacMillan [8]
March 10, 2016 DL Moton Hopkins [9]

Incoming

Date Position Player Name Former Team Ref.
February 14, 2017 LB Khalil Bass Winnipeg Blue Bombers [10]
WR Kenny Shaw Toronto Argonauts [11]
February 15, 2017 DB A.J. Jefferson Toronto Argonauts [12]
WR Diontae Spencer Toronto Argonauts [13]

Departing

Date Position Player Name Destination Ref.
January 4, 2017 DB Forrest Hightower New Orleans Saints (NFL) [14]
DB Mitchell White Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
DB Jeff Richards Carolina Panthers (NFL)
February 14, 2017 DB Abdul Kanneh Hamilton Tiger-Cats [15]
RB Kienan Lafrance Saskatchewan Roughriders [16]
February 16, 2017 WR Ernest Jackson Montreal Alouettes [17]
February 17, 2017 WR Chris Williams BC Lions [18]

CFL Draft

The 2017 CFL Draft will take place on May 7, 2017.[19] The Redblacks have made no trades in the draft and will select last in each of the eight rounds by virtue of winning the Grey Cup.[20]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 9
2 18
3 26
4 35
5 44
6 53
7 62
8 71

Preseason

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
A Thu, June 8 7:30 p.m. EDT vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats TBA TD Place Stadium
B Thu, June 15 7:30 p.m. EDT at Montreal Alouettes TBA Molson Stadium

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Regular season

Standings

Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0–0 Details
Montreal Alouettes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0–0 Details
Ottawa Redblacks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0–0 Details
Toronto Argonauts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0–0 Details

Schedule

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
1 Fri, June 23 7:30 p.m. EDT vs. Calgary Stampeders TSN TD Place Stadium
2 Thu, June 29 9:00 p.m. EDT at Calgary Stampeders TSN McMahon Stadium
3 Sat, July 8 7:00 p.m. EDT vs. Toronto Argonauts TSN TD Place Stadium
4 Fri, July 14 10:00 p.m. EDT at Edmonton Eskimos TSN Commonwealth Stadium
5 Wed, July 19 7:30 p.m. EDT vs. Montreal Alouettes TSN/RDS TD Place Stadium
5 Mon, July 24 7:30 p.m. EDT at Toronto Argonauts TSN BMO Field
6 Bye
7 Fri, Aug 4 7:00 p.m. EDT vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers TSN TD Place Stadium
8 Thu, Aug 10 7:30 p.m. EDT vs. Edmonton Eskimos TSN TD Place Stadium
9 Fri, Aug 18 7:30 p.m. EDT at Hamilton Tiger-Cats TSN Tim Hortons Field
10 Sat, Aug 26 3:30 p.m. EDT vs. BC Lions TSN TD Place Stadium
11 Thu, Aug 31 7:30 p.m. EDT at Montreal Alouettes TSN/RDS Molson Stadium
12 Sat, Sept 9 6:00 p.m. EDT vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats TSN TD Place Stadium
13 Sun, Sept 17 1:00 p.m. EDT at Montreal Alouettes TSN/RDS Molson Stadium
14 Fri, Sept 22 8:00 p.m. EDT at Winnipeg Blue Bombers TSN Investor's Group Field
15 Fri, Sept 29 7:00 p.m. EDT vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders TSN TD Place Stadium
16 Sat, Oct 7 7:00 p.m. EDT at BC Lions TSN BC Place
17 Fri, Oct 13 10:00 p.m. EDT at Saskatchewan Roughriders TSN Mosaic Stadium
18 Bye
19 Fri, Oct 27 7:00 p.m. EDT vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats TSN TD Place Stadium
20 Bye

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Team

Roster

Ottawa Redblacks roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Injured list
  • Currently vacant

6-Game injured list

  • Currently vacant

Disabled

  • Currently vacant

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant

Italics indicate International player
Roster updated 2017-03-03
Depth ChartTransactions
89 Active, 0 Injured, 0 Six-Game Injured,
0 Practice

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Coaching staff

Ottawa Redblacks Staff
Front Office
  • Owner – Jeff Hunt
  • President and CEO – Bernie Ashe
  • General Manager – Marcel Desjardins
  • Director of Player Personnel – vacant
  • Coordinator, Football Administration – Chantal Covington
  • Video Coordinator, Braun Gheller
  • Pro Scout, Kenny McClay

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Bob Dyce

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Trainer – vacant


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References

  1. ^ "Open Tryouts 2017 - Ottawa REDBLACKS". Ottawa REDBLACKS. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Redblacks bringing back entire coaching staff - Article - TSN". TSN. 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Hank Hangs 'Em Up: Burris confirms retirement after 18 seasons". CFL.ca. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  4. ^ "REDBLACKS re-sign Antoine Pruneau". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  5. ^ "REDBLACKS, Reed agree on one-year extension". CFL.ca. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Redblacks sign Ellingson to two-year deal - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Gavins back with REDBLACKS". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  8. ^ "Nolan MacMillan re-signs with REDBLACKS". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  9. ^ "REDBLACKS re-sign DL Hopkins". CFL.ca. 2017-03-09. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  10. ^ "REDBLACKS open free agency with signing of Khalil Bass". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  11. ^ "REDBLACKS sign WR Kenny Shaw". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  12. ^ "REDBLACKS land corner help in Jefferson". CFL.ca. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  13. ^ "Free agent frenzy sees REDBLACKS add three more". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  14. ^ "REDBLACKS grant releases to three players". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
  15. ^ "Ticats bolster secondary; add Abdul Kanneh". CFL.ca. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  16. ^ "Riders add ratio-breaker in Lafrance". CFL.ca. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  17. ^ "Als sign top-ranked free agent Ernest Jackson". CFL.ca. 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  18. ^ "Lions land speedster Chris Williams". BC Lions. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  19. ^ MARQUEE MOMENTS HIGHLIGHT 2017 CFL SCHEDULE IN CANADA’S 150TH YEAR
  20. ^ "2017 Draft Tracker". cfl.ca. 2017-01-11. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  21. ^ a b 2017 Schedule
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