Riders’ Cody Fajardo wants to be an elite CFL quarterback

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Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo believes he can elite with Jason Maas as his offensive coordinator.

“He understands what it takes to be an elite CFL quarterback. I’m going to be more comfortable going in there understanding his offence,” Fajardo told The Rod Pedersen Show.

“His track record of what he’s got out of his quarterbacks is really exciting for me. There’s a lot of room for my growth as a quarterback.”

Maas was hired by the Riders in December. It’s a multi-year agreement between Saskatchewan and Maas which runs through the end of the 2021 season. That times up with Fajardo’s contract.

“We’ve had several conversations and just the passion he brings as well. We see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. He wants to do a lot of things that fit my strengths,” Fajardo said.

“The No. 1 thing I’m going to benefit from is going into a training camp as the No. 1 guy. I’ve always been the two or the three where I don’t get reps with the number ones. That hindered us last year.”

Fajardo and Maas join forces in Saskatchewan after the star QB led the Riders to a 12-4 record throwing for 4,302 yards while completing over 71 per cent of his passes with 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions in his first season as a No. 1 QB. The dual-threat pivot used his legs for 611 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 rushing attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

“Going into the off-season the No. 1 thing is I want to be elite. And the way you be elite in this league or in any professional sport is you gotta be consistent,” Fajardo said.

“So I’m going to try and replicate next year as much as I can, obviously last year everything went my way. I’m going through every single game from last year and breaking down myself. I’m ready to get after it.”

It was a painful finish to Fajardo’s season in the West Final — not only because his team lost but he was playing through injury. Following Saskatchewan’s 20-13 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Riders pivot revealed that he played the game with two torn oblique muscles.

It’s been about a month and a half where I haven’t been able to do much,” Fajardo said. “I got cleared to throw the football on the 21st of this month. I know all is well in there.”

Fajardo is on the way to being healthy and try to make the jump from fast-rising star to elite three-down signal caller.