Cody Fajardo plays ‘a heckuva game’ for Riders in CFL starting debut

Cody Fajardo impressed in his first ever Canadian Football League start.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback completed 27-of-34 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another major. Saskatchewan scored 41 points, but still suffered a 44-41 loss to drop the green and white to 0-2. Riders rookie Isaac Harker was supposed to see some game action, but Fajardo’s hot hand kept him on the sideline.

“He was in a rhythm and we just left him in and let him go. I thought he played great, really did a good of rallying the offence. They gave us a chance and I was proud of the effort,” Dickenson said.

“He’s a level-headed guy, he doesn’t get too excited and I like that about him. He’s pretty level all the way around. He was ready for this game, I thought he played a great game. I though Stephen McAdoo called a heckuva game. I just thought he was very efficient.”

Fajardo entered the Riders’ Week 1 game after Zach Collaros took a shoulder to the head from Ticats linebacker Simoni Lawrence which put Saskatchewan’s starter on the six-game injured list. His backup completed 9-of-17 passes for 66 yards and rushed seven times for 34 yards with one touchdown in the loss to Hamilton.

Fajardo was signed by general manager Jeremy O’Day during free agency and clearly won the backup job in training camp. The 26-year-old has been elevated to the starting role quickly as the status of Collaros remains up in the air.

“Having a full week of taking those one reps, it was huge for my progression and getting comfortable with those guys. The receivers made a lot of contested catches, the offensive line did a great job protecting me,” Fajardo said.

“It was a lot of fun, obviously losing isn’t fun, but I think we did a lot of good things offensively, defensively and special teams-wise. My goal every week is to move the ball and protect the ball and I still believe that we have the best defence in the league.”

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