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James Franklin

Quarterback  Toronto Argonauts

Height:   6' 2''   Weight:   225

July 13, 2018    James Franklin News

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Franklin completed 26 of 36 passes for 296 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Argonauts' 16-15 loss to the Eskimos on Friday. He also rushed twice for seven yards and completed a two-point conversion pass.

The fourth-year signal caller was impressive for a second straight week against his former Eskimos teammates, although he was unable to find the end zone. Franklin's one miscue, a first-half interception, wasn't his fault, as receiver Levi Noel essentially kicked the ball into the hands of Edmonton's Chris Edwards. The 26-year-old has now completed 42 of 60 passes for 513 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in his first two games as a starter in place of Ricky Ray (neck), so despite Friday's stumble, the Argonauts offense appears to be in good hands. Franklin will look to bounce back against the Blue Bombers in Week 6.

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July 7, 2018

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Franklin completed 16 of 24 passes for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Argonauts' 20-17 win over the Eskimos on Saturday. He also rushed six times for 31 yards and another score and completed a two-point conversion pass.

The fourth-year quarterback was excellent in his first starting opportunity in Toronto, guiding the Argonauts on key touchdown drives early and late. Franklin opened the contest by helming a nine-play, 76-yard drive that he capped off with a two-yard scoring scramble. He then led a 75-yard march late in the fourth quarter with the Argos facing a 17-12 deficit, a drive he helped extend with a clutch four-yard sneak. The possession culminated in a Franklin-to-Declan Cross five-yard touchdown pass, and the mobile signal caller was able to add a key two-point conversion throw to Armanti Edwards to give Toronto a three-point lead. That proved sufficient for the upset, and certainly gave Franklin a huge boost of confidence in his first attempt at replacing the legendary Ricky Ray (neck). He'll look to build on Saturday's effort when he faces off with the Eskimos again in a Week 5 rematch.

July 2, 2018

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Franklin was named the starter for Saturday's game against Edmonton, Matthew Scianitti of TSN reports.

With Ricky Ray (neck) likely out for the rest of the season, the starting responsibilities at quarterback now fall to James Franklin. While the job is his for Saturday, coach Marc Trestman said it was a "figurative coin clip" between Franklin and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, so a switch could be made if Franklin proves lackluster. In relief of Ray, Franklin completed 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards and rushed three times for 14 yards and the team's only score of the game.

June 25, 2018

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Franklin completed 8-of-13 pass attempts for 65 yards in Saturday's 41-7 loss to Calgary. He also rushed three times for 14 yards and a touchdown.

Franklin took over for starter Ricky Ray after the latter suffered a neck injury and was carted off the field. Like Ray, the 26-year-old had a difficult time moving the ball down the field until the Argonauts' final drive of the game when they were down 41-1 against a defense in prevent mode. With Ray likely to be out a long time, Franklin should be under center for a good while. The Missouri product will have a bye week to get his bearings before taking on the Eskimos Week 4 at home.

June 16, 2018

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Franklin completed his only pass attempt for a two-yard touchdown and rushed four times for six yards and another score in Friday's 27-19 loss to Saskatchewan.

Franklin, acquired in the offseason by the Argonauts, immediately endeared himself to his new teammates despite limited snaps. In what was an interesting new wrinkle in the Argos' offense, the 26-year-old served as a short-yardage quarterback when close to the goal line, allowing him to finish off both of Toronto's touchdown drives. Perhaps the big game will carve out more playing time for Franklin Week 2 against Calgary.

January 4, 2018

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Franklin agreed to a two-year contract with the Argonauts on Thursday, Justin Dunk of reports.

Franklin was dealt to Toronto in December, which gave the team exclusive rights to negotiate a deal with him until he hit the free-agent market Feb. 13. The Argos capitalized on the trade by locking up the 26-year-old through the 2019 season. During this past year, Franklin served as Mike Reilly's backup in Edmonton, throwing for 142 yards and two touchdowns in three appearances. Heading into next year, Franklin should be in the mix to challenge incumbent Ricky Ray for the starting gig, although Ray may decide to call it quits after 16 years in the league.

December 11, 2017

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The Eskimos traded the rights to Franklin and a third-round pick to the Argonauts on Monday in exchange for offensive lineman Mason Woods, Justin Dunk of reports.

Franklin is set to become a free agent Feb. 13, but as a result of the deal, the team will have exclusive negotiating rights up until that point. While the 26-year-old tossed just 19 passes last season while serving as Mike Reilly's backup, he's viewed as one of the more promising quarterbacks around the league. If he signs with the Argos before hitting free agency, that may signal the end of Ricky Ray's 16-year CFL career, as Franklin is a favorite to start under center wherever he winds up next year.

November 14, 2016

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Franklin took over at quarterback in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-21 win over the Tiger-Cats after Mike Reilly (upper body) was injured on a rushing attempt, completing two of four passes for 19 yards.

Reilly is expected to be fine for next Sunday's Eastern Final in Ottawa, so Franklin will likely return to the bench. If he does get the start though, he could be surprisingly productive given Edmonton's dangerous wide receiver corps.

July 7, 2016

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Franklin will serve as the Eskimos' backup quarterback in Friday's game against the Roughriders.

Franklin opened the season on the 1-game injured list, but he is back on the depth chart following the Eskimos' Week 2 bye. Don't expect him to see any action, however, unless starting quarterback Mike Reilly is forced to leave the game.

June 24, 2016

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Franklin was placed on the 1-game injured list Friday, Dave Campbell of 630 CHED reports.

It's not clear what type of setback Franklin is dealing with, but he was able to practice all week, so this decision may have more to do with performance than health. Franklin was on track to open the season as the Eskimos' backup quarterback behind Mike Reilly, but Thomas DeMarco will fill that role in Week 1.