Began the season on the injured list after suffering a knee injury near the end of training camp. Missed the first three regular-season games before returning to the lineup to start on July 7th in a home win over the B.C. Lions. Completed 64.8 per cent of his passes for 3,146 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, while rushing for 52 yards and another TD. His quarterback-efficiency rating was 91.0, fifth-best amongst CFL starters, while his QUAR rating was 72.0, also fifth amongst starters. Helped guide the Bombers to the postseason for a third consecutive season and the franchise’s first playoff win since 2011 with the victory in the West Semi-Final. His best statistical game of 2018 was his 358-yard, two-passing-TDs effort in a playoff-clinching win over Calgary on October 26th. Has led the Bombers in passing yardage in each of his four seasons with the club and since being named the unquestioned starter in late July of 2016 has guided the team to a 30-15 record. Currently sits in ninth place on the Bombers all-time passing yardage list with 10,041, with Jack Jacobs ranked eighth at 11,094 yards.
Backed up his 2016 season with an even better 2017, setting career-best marks for passing with 4,472 yards and 28 touchdowns against just eight interceptions in 17 games… His 103.8 quarterback-efficiency rating, 71.0 completion percentage and 3.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio all topped the CFL… Went 11-6 in his 17 regular-season starts, as a hand injury kept him out of the regular-season finale win in Calgary (started by Dan LeFevour)… Eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in six games… Working with a broken ring finger on his throwing hand and a calf injury he completed 23 of 33 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in the West Semi-Final loss to Edmonton… Named the Bombers Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive season.
Played his first full season for the Bombers in 2016, passing for a career high 3,666 yards which ranked fifth overall in the CFL… Started the final 13 games after backing up Drew Willy to start the season and began with a 7-0 run to lead the club to the playoffs for the first time since 2011… One of only three CFL QBs to lead their club to 10-plus wins in 2016 as the Bombers went 10-3 in his starts… Passed for a playoff and overall career-high 390 yards in the 2016 West Semi-Final at B.C… Had a streak of 166 consecutive passes without an interception… Named the Bombers Most Outstanding Player… Signed to a contract extension on January 18, 2017.
The Bombers acquired Nichols from the Eskimos on September 2, 2015 after injuries to both Drew Willy and Robert Marve for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2017 (later became a fifth-round selection after Nichols became the starting quarterback; Edmonton selected DL Kwaku Boateng)… Winnipeg went 2-5 in the seven games started by Nichols, dropping four of those games by a total of 13 points, as he threw for 1,757 yards with 10 TDs against seven interceptions… Re-signed on January 5, 2016.
In seven games (three starts), Nichols has completed 94 of 151 passes for 1,014 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions and 14 rushes for 39 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 10 against Calgary, Nichols made his first start since the 2012 East Divsion semi-final. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards. Nichols started the Western Semi-Final against Saskatchewan and completed 12-of-23 passes for 59 yards and one interception. In the Western Final against Calgary, Nichols completed 9-of-15 passes for 92 yards in relief of Mike Reilly.
Nichols spent the season on the 9-game injured list after injuring his right knee in the first pre-season game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Nichols dressed for all 18 games (2 starts) and was the holder on field goals. He saw action at quarterback in 8 games and went 48 of 83 (57.8%) for 884 yards and 7 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also ran the ball 10 times for 76 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown. In the Labour Day Rematch he threw his first CFL touchdown when he mishandled a field goal snap and threw the ball to Corbin Sharun for a 35-yard touchdown to end the 1st half. He got his first start at quarterback on September 28 in Calgary and went 14 of 26 (53.8%) for 167 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He ran the ball 7 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Nichols came in with 10 minutes left in the Oct. 28 game in Montreal and threw for 230 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 2-point convert to bring the Eskimos to within 2 points of a win. He also started the final game of the regular season, going 18 of 30 (60.0%) for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns and running the ball 3 times for 13 yards. Nichols started the 2nd half of the Eastern Semi-Final and went 3 of 7 for 51 yards and rushed twice for 2 yards before suffering a dislocated ankle.
Nichols began the season on the 1-game injured list and was placed on the 9-game injured list midway through the season
Nichols was added to the Eskimos' practive roster.
A four-year starter at Eastern Washington, Nichols compiled 996 completions on 1608 attempts (62%) for 12,616 yards, 96 touchdowns and 46 interceptions in 47 games (42 starts). The Business Management major attended college with current Eskimo defensive end Greg Peach.
Nichols attended training camp with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent and appeared in two pre-season games recording 10 completions in 16 attempts for 81 yards and two interceptions. He was released on August 19th.