Receiver Kevin Elliott going to Lions mini-camp on his own dime

American receiver Kevin Elliott is paying his way to attend B.C. Lions’ mini-camp from April 25-27 in B.C, per sources.

That’s rare for a veteran player, but it clearly shows how much Elliott wants 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 could be an American spot or two open depending on how the team sets out its seven (or more) Canadian starters.