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Cody Fajardo believes the top pass catcher in the league wears green and white.

“He’s the best receiver in the league — hands down. Don’t @ me on Twitter, please,” Fajardo said with a smile.

Evans had a career-high 193 yards on 10 grabs with one touchdown in Saskatchewan’s 21-6 victory against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 17. That performance put Evans over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his CFL career. The 28-year-old provided the dagger by taking a short Fajardo throw 61 yards for the game-sealing major.

“First of all he’s explosive as heck. You saw on that last catch that he scored on he can go the distance at any time. He loves to compete. When the ball is up in the air and he’s involved, he’s got a pretty good chance of coming down with it. He got the game ball for offence, I thought he was the difference on offence,” head coach Craig Dickenson said.

“That’s Shaq Evans doing Shaq stuff. What he does best is what he does after catching the football, that’s huge for us offensively. That’s what he can do, he can taker over a game. For me as a quarterback mentality-wise, if they’re running man coverage I know that Shaq’s gonna do a great job of getting the ball,” Fajardo said.

The Riders signed Evans in 2018 and he’s risen to stardom after one season learning the nuances of the Canadian game. Evans had 50 catches for 785 yards during 17 games last year. Through 14 contests, Evans has 60 receptions for 1,096 yards and five touchdowns.

“He’s had a full year in the system. You see an elevated level of commitment by Shaq, that’s why we’re seeing him play so well,” Dickenson said.

“He’s a go and get it player,” Fajardo said. “Sometimes we’re in some trouble, I know I can lean on him and there are some times I throw up some hope balls and he comes down with it.”

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