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Riders’ Frankie Hickson praises Cody Fajardo’s leadership after win

Tailback Frankie Hickson felt that Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo deserved a game ball after Friday’s 23-16 win over the Lions.

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VANCOUVER — Saskatchewan Roughriders tailback Frankie Hickson has the back of Cody Fajardo.

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Hickson voiced his support for the green-and-white franchise quarterback after Friday’s 23-16 win over the BC Lions at BC Place. Hickson made his first CFL start at tailback for an injured Jamal Morrow (hand) and recorded 15 carries for 129 yards.

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But as the Riders avoided a three-game sweep by the Lions, Fajardo threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for 38 yards on six carries.

“Cody got the game ball, which is very natural,” Hickson said. “There’s just too much going on with Cody to be accepted outside of the media. He showed what Cody can really do and we got him 100 percent. Ultimately, It’s a team problem, not just one person.”

Friday’s performance came a week after Fajardo was pulled away late in the second quarter in a 28-10 loss to the visiting Lions. Fajardo had completed 8 of 13 passes for 41 yards and had two interceptions before being replaced by Mason Fine.

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Fajardo told reporters Monday that his “confidence wasn’t that great” after being pulled out of the game for the first time as a starting quarterback for the Riders.

He said on Thursday that the remarks referred to being pulled out of the game, adding that his confidence was fine or he wouldn’t be able to play.

He backed up his statement by throwing for more than 300 yards for the first time since the Riders’ 30-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the regular-season opener on June 11. A touchdown in a win for the Riders.

On June 18, he injured the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a 26-16 win over the hosts Edmonton Elks. He has played through injuries and he has only missed one game due to COVID-19. He wears a brace to protect his left knee.

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“He’s getting healthier week after week,” Hickson said. “He got off to a rough start, part of which was players chasing him on his knees. mosquito?”

Riders head coach Craig Dickenson backed Fajardo and named him the starting quarterback for Friday’s game, despite replacing him on August 19.

“He looked like the guy we know and love,” Dickenson said Friday. “I have a strong feeling he’s the right guy. And I’m so proud of him. He got a game ball. We only gave one away, but he deserved so much.”

Dickenson felt Fajardo won the game ball because the 30-year-old quarterback played within himself.

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“He didn’t try to push it,” Dickenson said. “He had his eye on where they needed to be downfield. When he had to run and move, he could do it. The guy really wanted to do well. and I want to lead this team, and that was the type of performance we could build.”

Fajardo’s return to form is timely. Because the Riders will face the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg at his sold-out Labor Day Classic on September 4. The rematch he will take place on September 10th in Winnipeg.

The Blue Bombers (10-1) are number one in the West. The two-time defending Gray Cup champions are followed by the Lions (8-2), Calgary Stampeders (6-4), Riders (6-5) and Edmonton Elks (3-7).

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