Rodriguez says he's destined to be an Argo

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

TORONTO - Prechae Rodriguez is running out of CFL teams.

“I feel like I’m on a CFL tour,” the former East Division rookie of the year said Tuesday after signing a practice roster deal with the Argonauts.

He has now been with four different teams since a scintillating season in 2008 when he piled up 1,099 yards as a receiver with Hamilton. “I’m the same guy. It’s just I was given a lot of opportunities (in Hamilton). They believed in me. They believed I was the guy to go to. After I left I never got that same vibe from any of the other coaches,” said Rodriguez, who was traded by Hamilton, then released by Saskatchewan, Montreal and Edmonton.

“It’s tough ... to bounce around the league. It messes with your confidence. You feel like you want to give up. I had a great year my rookie year and wanted to build off that. I never really got that chance and I feel like I’m caught in the (Canadian/American ratio) system. I feel like this is it. This is the last team.”

Joining a 2-8 team isn’t usually a dream come true, but for Rodriguez it is — literally. “I really believe Toronto is going to become my home. I always had it in the back of my mind I’d end up here. In the off-season I was telling my mom I had a dream I was playing with the Argonauts. I don’t know why. Now I’m here. This is destiny for me to be here.”

Rodriguez won rookie of the year in 2008 with games like the one against Montreal in which he had 12 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

“He’s at that point where he‘s either going to become a player, or not,” Argos head coach Jim Barker said. “I remember watching him and you couldn’t single cover the guy. He had great speed, he went up and got the ball. He did everything. All of a sudden it was just lost. Whether it was him or what, you don’t know. So we’re ging to find out what he’s about.”


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