Turns out Kevin Elliott made a smart investment.
The B.C. Lions signed the American receiver to a one-year contract after he paid his own way to attend Lions’ mini-camp in April. That’s rare for a veteran player, but it clearly showed how much Elliott wanted to keep his pro football career going.
Elliott broke into the CFL in 2015 with the Argos making 50 receptions for 642 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games. After playing eight games in 2016, Elliott was released by Toronto along with three other pass catchers. He played parts of two seasons in Hamilton and then spent time as an Ottawa Redblack last season. The 29-year-old has 93 catches for 1,223 yards and 11 touchdowns in 30 career CFL games.
After going unselected in the 2012 NFL draft, Elliott signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in 13 games and started one at receiver recording 10 catches for 108 yards that season. The Jaguars released Elliott in December and Buffalo picked him up. The Florida A&M University product suffered a torn ACL in 2013 Bills training camp and Buffalo placed him on injured reserve. Elliott was waived by the Bills in August 2014 and made his way to the CFL for the 2015 season.
Manny Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham are entrenched on the Lions roster at the receiver position, but with Chris Williams and Nick Moore gone, there are American spots up for grabs.