Quarterback Cody Fajardo threw for a league-best 4,302 yards in 2019, and was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Player.
The Roughriders will challenge the Bombers for top spot in the West and don’t be surprised if they take that position from them. Head Coach Craig Dickenson brought in former Eskimos Head Coach Jason Maas to be the team’s new offensive coordinator. He’ll game plan for one of the league’s top Quarterbacks in Cody Fajardo. Fajardo threw for a league-best 4,302 yards in 2019, and was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Player.
Fajardo will have a large variety of receivers in camp as the team has 16 receivers on the roster including returning veterans Shaq Evans, Kyran Moore and Jordan Williams-Lambert. In the backfield William Powell will be the prime back and will compete for the CFL rushing title. The Green Riders turned some heads this off-season signing former NFL first rounder Paxton Lynch. Lynch spent five seasons south of the border with the Broncos, Steelers and Seahawks. He’s hoping to revive his football career in Canada.
On defence, the team lost the defending sack leader Charleston Hughes (Toronto), Cameron Judge (Toronto), Solomon Elimimian (retirement) and Derrick Moncrief (NFL). The team signed CFL All-Star Larry Dean (Edmonton) and Freddie Bishop (Toronto) but in one of their first workouts with the team – both went down with season ending injuries. Bringing in Deon Lacey (NFL) will help at Linebacker. However, the front seven is now a question mark entering the season.
Saskatchewan Roughriders 2021 CFL Schedule
The Roughriders open up the 2021 season hosting the B.C. Lions in early August. Circle week’s five and six on the schedule as the Riders meet the Blue Bombers in the traditional Labour Day home and home series. The team wraps up the season in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats. The goal for the Riders will be to be back in Hamilton in the middle of December playing for the Grey Cup.
Friday, August 6 vs. B.C. Lions
Satuday, August 14 vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Saturday, August 21 at Ottawa RedBlacks
Sunday, September 5 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Saturday, September 11 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Friday, September 17 vs. Toronto Argonauts
Friday, September 24 at B.C. Lions
Saturday, October 2 at Calgary Stampeders
Saturday, October 9 vs. Calgary Stampeders
Saturday, October 23 at Calgary Stampeders
Saturday, October 30 at Montreal Alouettes
Friday, November 5 vs. Edmonton Elks
Saturday, November 13 at Edmonton Elks
Saturday, November 20 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Saskatchewan Roughriders 2021 Season Prediction
The Roughriders win total at Sports Interaction is listed at 8.5 on the season and they are paying +442 to win the Grey Cup. The Riders are one of the stronger teams in the West division and will be a contender to win the CFL’s biggest prize.
2021 Projection: 9-5