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James Wilder

Running Back  Toronto Argonauts

Height:   6' 2''   Weight:   229

June 16, 2018    James Wilder News

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Wilder tallied four receptions for 68 yards and rushed five times for 16 yards in Friday's 27-19 loss to Saskatchewan.

Quarterback Ricky Ray was under pressure much of the evening, making it difficult for the Argonauts to establish a rhythm on offense. As a result, the ground game suffered too, but Wilder made up for it in the air and led Toronto in both receiving and total yards. The Argos will return home to take on the Stampeders in Week 2, and 2017's Most Outstanding Rookie will hope to find the end zone for the first time this season then.

James Wilder: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

June 14, 2018

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Wilder will start at running back in Friday's season opener against the Roughriders.

Wilder signed a two-year contract with the Argonauts during the offseason, which essentially guaranteed he would head into the 2018 season as the team's top running back barring an injury. Wilder did not see any action during the preseason, but that was by design, so don't expect that to hinder his performance. Expect consistent production from Wilder, who topped 100 total yards in all but two games (including postseason) after assuming the lead-back duties in Week 13.

March 3, 2018

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Wilder agreed to a contract extension through 2019 with the Argonauts.

Wilder announced in late January that he intended to sit out the 2018 CFL season due to contract disputes with Toronto and the inability to provide for his family under his salary. He declared that "without any protection from a career-ending injury" he would be moving on to pursue work in the United States. However, things changed Saturday as he and the team agreed on an extension. As a rookie last season, Wilder played in 17 games -- starting 10 -- rushed for 872 yards and five touchdowns on 122 carries for a league-high 7.1 yards per attempt. He also caught 51 passes for 533 yards. All of that led to him receiving the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie award.

January 24, 2018

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Wilder announced that he will sit out the 2018 CFL season due to contract disputes with Toronto and the inability to provide for his family under his current salary, 3downnation.com reports.

Wilder declared that "without any protection from career-ending injury" he will be moving on from the $45,000 USD salary in order to pursue work in the United States. The star running back went on to state that the Argonauts haven't allowed him to look into NFL opportunities and are unwilling to re-negotiate his contract. During the 2017 campaign, he rushed for 872 yards and five touchdowns while adding 533 receiving yards in 17 games. With the upcoming season still months away, there is obviously time for a change in heart or a contract negotiation from the team, but it doesn't appear to be likely given Wilder's announcement Wednesday.

November 27, 2017

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Wilder rushed nine times for 13 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-24 Grey Cup win over the Stampeders.

The standout running back was surprisingly stonewalled for the majority of the contest, with his two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter the one bright spot of his afternoon. Despite the underwhelming finish to his season, Wilder was quite the revelation for the Argonauts in 2017 as an outstanding dual threat out of the backfield, ripping off a quartet of 100-yard rushing efforts and posting five games with at least seven receptions. Given the ability he displayed when entrusted with lead-back duties this season, Wilder shapes up as a major cog of the Toronto offense in 2018, particularly if quarterback Ricky Ray opts to call it a career this offseason.

November 20, 2017

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Wilder rushed 14 times for 52 yards and added eight receptions for 52 yards in Sunday's 25-21 Eastern Final win over the Roughriders.

Wilder couldn't break off one of his trademark long runs, but he was once again an integral part of the passing game, especially on the Argonauts' game-winning drive. The versatile running back secured a perfectly thrown 22-yard pass on second down from Ricky Ray at the Saskatchewan 20-yard line with 1:16 remaining, extending the possession. Given his robust profile in Toronto's prolific offense, Wilder will undoubtedly be a pivotal part of the Argonauts' quest for a Grey Cup against the stingy Stampeders defense next week.

November 4, 2017

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Wilder rushed 18 times for 136 yards and a touchdown and added seven receptions for 91 yards in Saturday's 40-13 win over the Lions.

Wilder capped off the regular season on a sensational note, helping to blast the Argonauts to an East Division crown with a second straight game of over 200 total yards. The 25-year-old back logged 18 carries for the second straight week and posted seven catches for the third consecutive contest as well. Wilder's combination of rushing and receiving prowess is essentially unmatched, making him the elite play at the running back position heading into the postseason.

October 21, 2017

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Wilder (undisclosed) rushed 18 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while also posting seven catches for 85 yards in Saturday's 29-28 win over the Blue Bombers.

Wilder didn't miss a beat in his return from a one-game absence, making an impact through both the ground and air. The 25-year-old tailback opened the scoring with a 12-yard first-quarter scoring scamper and added a three-yard touchdown with 2:58 remaining in the first half to close the Argonauts' deficit to 25-20 at the time. In addition to his rushing successes, Wilder now has back-to-back seven-catch efforts and has hit the mark in three of his last five games overall. He'll look to close out the regular season on a strong note against the Lions in Week 20 following a Week 19 bye.

October 20, 2017

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Wilder (undisclosed) was added to the depth chart for Saturday's game against Winnipeg.

Wilder will return to the lead back role after missing last weekend's game due to an undisclosed injury. Fellow backfield mate Brandon Whitaker was placed on the one-game injury list with an apparent setback of some sort, which will cause him to miss a fifth game out of the last six contests, paving the way for Wilder to earn the bulk of Saturday's carries.

October 13, 2017

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Wilder (undisclosed) was placed on the one-game injured list leading up to Saturday's game against the Eskimos.

Wilder was involved in a painful hit during last weekend's game with the Roughriders, and will be forced to miss Saturday's contest with an undisclosed injury as a result. His status for next week's game is still up in the air at this point, but there should be a better idea around the middle of the week. In his place, Brandon Whitaker will return to the lineup after missing four straight games with an injury.

October 12, 2017

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Wilder (undisclosed) is likely going to be out for Saturday's game against the Eskimos after suffering a collision with an opposing linebacker during last week's loss to Saskatchewan.

Although nothing is official as of yet, it's expected that Wilder will miss this weekend's game while Brandon Whitaker takes over as the lead back. Head coach Marc Trestman stated that he doesn't foresee Wilder practicing the rest of this week, unless there's a chance within the next couple days, which leaves little chance for his availability Saturday.

October 8, 2017

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Wilder rushed 13 times for 72 yards and added seven receptions for 89 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to the Roughriders.

Following a somewhat subdued performance on the ground (49 yards on less than 4.0 yards per carry) in Week 15, Wilder bounced back with another full stat line. The 25-year-old was also a force in the passing game, pacing the Argonauts in both receptions and receiving yards. Wilder now has a pair of seven-catch efforts and a six-reception tally under his belt since becoming a starter, making him a true dual threat. He'll look to continue his success versus the Eskimos' vulnerable run defense in Week 17.

September 30, 2017

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Wilder rushed 13 times for 49 yards and posted three receptions for 32 yards in Saturday's 43-35 overtime victory against the Tiger-Cats. He also rushed for a pair of two-point conversions.

Wilder came nowhere close to matching his contributions from the previous two games, a pair of contests in which he'd rushed for a combined 331 yards and had added another 144 yards through the air. However, the 25-year-old did pick things up in the second half after a slow start, and his two-point conversion rush with 33 seconds remaining knotted the game at 35-35 and forced overtime. Although he did see an overall downturn in production Saturday, Wilder has undoubtedly proven his worth as both a runner and receiver. Therefore, he's likely to continue helming the Argonauts backfield as Toronto continues its playoff push against the Roughriders in Week 16.

September 24, 2017

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Wilder rushed 10 times for 141 yards and a touchdown while adding six receptions for 77 yards in Saturday's 33-19 win over the Alouettes.

Wilder now has a whopping 331 yards on the ground and another 144 through the air over the last two games. He also ripped off a long scoring run for the second straight week, scampering 85 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. The 25-year-old's reception total was enough for a piece of the team lead, while his receiving yardage tally paced the Argos overall. Irrespective of whether Brandon Whitaker (undisclosed) is able to return in Week 15 versus the Stampeders, Wilder is naturally the lead back for the Argos moving forward.

September 23, 2017

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Wilder will start at running back Saturday against the Alouettes.

Wilder exploded for 190 rushing yards on just 11 carries a week ago, and he will get a chance to back that up this week with fellow running back Brandon Whitaker (undisclosed) still sidelined.

September 16, 2017

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Wilder rushed 11 times for 190 yards and a touchdown and added seven receptions for 67 yards in Saturday's 34-26 win over the Eskimos.

Wilder's career-best effort came out of nowhere, as he'd totaled just three carries over the previous four games. However, he made a tremendous impact in Saturday's win, becoming the first Argos running back to top 150 yard rushing in a game since 2010. A significant chunk of his production came on a 76-yard scoring run up the middle in the second quarter, and he later posted back-to-back rushes of 46 and 22 yards on an early fourth-quarter drive that culminated in a field goal. His performance in the passing game was also a pleasant surprise, as Wilder had managed just 14 catches coming into Saturday. Given his explosion, he's likely to helm the Toronto backfield again when the Argos face the Alouettes in Week 14.

August 2, 2017

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Wilder will be the Argonauts' backup running back in Thursday's game against the Stampeders.

Wilder started at running back the last two weeks with regular starter Brandon Whitaker sidelined, but he will move back into a reserve role this week with Whitaker returning to action. Wilder averaged 12 touches per contest over the last two weeks, but don't expect him to see more than a few opportunities Thursday barring a setback for Whitaker.

July 29, 2017

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Wilder gained 35 yards on 11 rushes in Saturday's 38-27 loss to the Riders.

Wilder found running room fairly hard to come by early and then saw the Argos fall behind in the second half, limiting his opportunities further. The FSU product did notch a season high in carries, yet averaged less than 3.5 yards per tote for the fourth time in six games this season. Wilder has yet to demonstrate that he can break the long run in the CFL after averaging 6.0 yards per carry and scoring 20 touchdowns on the ground in his three-year college career, but his youth and potential could continue to afford him opportunities in Marc Trestman's prolific offense. He'll look to up his production against the Stamps in Week 7.

July 25, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Wilder carried the ball seven times for 36 yards and caught six passes for 39 yards in Monday's 27-24 win over the Redblacks.

Getting the start in place of Brandon Whitaker (undisclosed), Wilder had his most productive game of the season. The CFL rookie is still looking for his first TD of the year, and head coach Marc Trestman's offense focuses more on moving the ball through the air than on the ground, but if Whitaker misses any additional action Wilder should be able to supply solid numbers in his place.

July 23, 2017

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Wilder is expected to start at running back for Monday's matchup with the Redblacks, Jeff Krever of CFL.ca reports.

Usual starter Brandon Whitaker will miss Monday's contest with an undisclosed injury, which allows Wilder to take over as the lead back. Look for an increase in usage for Wilder, who has carried the ball 14 times for 66 yards this season.

July 7, 2017

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Wilder is listed as the backup running back for Saturday's game against the Redblacks.

Wilder started last week's game in place of an injured Brandon Whitaker, but he will move back into a reserve role with Whitaker back in action this week.

June 30, 2017

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Wilder carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and caught four passes for 33 yards in Friday's 28-15 loss to the Lions.

He also lost a key fumble in the fourth quarter to snuff out any chance the Argos might have had at a comeback. Wilder didn't exactly make a strong impression in his first significant CFL action, but the status of Brandon Whitaker (undisclosed) will determine whether he gets another start next week in Ottawa.

June 29, 2017

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Wilder is expected to draw the start at running back for Friday's game against the Lions.

With regular starter Brandon Whitaker sidelined with an injury, Wilder will get the chance to make his first start of the season. Wilder carried the ball three times for nine yards in Week 1 over the Tiger-Cats, but should see an uptick in usage out of the backfield with Whitaker ruled out.

March 14, 2017

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Wilder inked a deal with the Argonauts on Tuesday.

Wilder spent time with the Bills and Bengals in the NFL before being signed by the Argonauts. He racked up 1363 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns during his 39-game college tenure at Florida State.