Despite the bad news the CFL gave on Monday Cody Fajardo remains confident there will be football this year.
“I personally believe with all my heart that there will be a 2020 season,” Fajardo said on Tuesday’s Sports Cage. “I don’t know when but I’m definitely all in on that there will be a 2020 season.”
On Monday the CFL announced that the start of training camp will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The original May 17th date is being pushed back for an undetermined length of time.
Despite his disappointment at the news, Fajardo says whatever the league decides is the best thing for players. And he is actively looking for a silver lining.
“With training camp being delayed nothing changes in my preparation,” Fajardo says. “If anything it gives me a little bit extra time to hone in on the new offense.”
With the postponement of training camp, the cancellation of games can’t be far behind. If the league does have to shorten the season, Fajardo has a minimum number of games he thinks would be sufficient.
“I would assume that it would be at least eight games,” he says.
“I think if you played every team once, that’s acceptable. Just giving everybody a fair chance to play the other teams in the league. And whatever the standings are at the end of it, so be it.”
Fajardo stresses “I would love to play 18 games, but who knows what’s going to happen?”
The 28 year old is keeping in shape with home workouts and long-distance runs with his wife. But throwing the football is a different story. Even if you were maintaining social distance when playing catch, you would still be passing a leather egg of contagion back and forth. So throwing routes to receivers is out, for the time being.
“I feel like (my fitness is) on par with last year. But I feel like that throwing and that timing is something that’s lacking a little bit because I don’t have the receivers,” he says.
When he does get to work with his receivers, Fajardo promises we will see a totally different offense than last year’s.
“I’ve been in constant talks with Coach Maas. He came out here earlier in the year and we sat down for a week straight and just kind of ironed out everything we expected and everything he expected of me. I’m honestly really excited about our offense.”
Fans are excited too. Hopefully they will get to see it before too long.