Riders franchise QB Cody Fajardo: ‘Need to put all chips in to making sure CFL’s around for 2021’

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo knows when it’s time to escape from a collapsing pocket and survive for another play.

That’s the same way he feels about a potential shortened season in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The dual-threat QB wants to see the Canadian Football League call off games this year and put full focus into the future.

“I came out on the radio and said at this point we need to put all of our chips in to making sure the league’s around for 2021. So if we’re spreading ourselves too thin trying to make a 2020 season, I don’t think it’s worth it for six games,” Fajardo said on The Rouge Report podcast.

“A rushed thing with no fans, it’s just not the same and that’s not what CFL football is. So at this point we’re already this deep into the year, we might as well scrap it and look forward to 2021 and making it the best CFL year we can possibly have.”

Winnipeg has tentatively been chosen as the league’s hub city if a condensed schedule happens this year. The potential target date for kick-off of the potential six-game schedule would be October 1. However, there have already been three deadlines pass — July 23, which was shifted to July 24 and July 31 — without any final decision on whether the CFL will play or not.

“For me, look I’m over giving myself anxiety and getting all worked up about it. At this point, there’s no such thing as a deadline anymore,” Fajardo said.

“I’m not going to check my phone as much — I found myself on social media so much recently and I hate doing that. When they tell me, they tell me, I’ll be ready.”

Fajardo is prepared either way, but one of the league’s biggest stars doesn’t believe it’s worth playing in 2020.

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