Lions lock in explosive Canadian receiver Shaq Johnson

The B.C. Lions have re-signed national receiver Shaq Johnson to a one-year contract through the 2020 season.

Johnson was eligible to become a free agent in February.

The 26-year-old Brampton native is an athletic freak burning a 4.39 40-yard time at the CFL combine with an 11-foot broad jump and 34.5-inch vertical. He’s coming off his best season as a pro, recording 39 receptions for 597 yards – both career highs – and a pair of touchdowns appearing in all 18 regular season games for a second consecutive season.

Shaq made huge strides for us in 2019 and we expect him to take his play to an even higher level,” general manager Ed Hervey said.

“Shaq has the opportunity to become one of the league’s most dangerous downfield threats as he continues his progression as a young receiver.”

Johnson was named the USports top rookie for McGill University in 2012, after making 61 catches for 792 yards and five touchdowns. His next two seasons were spent with the Western University Mustangs and London Beefeaters, respectively where he totalled 50 catches for 931 yards, and recorded 10 touchdowns.

Drafted by the Lions in the fourth round, 32nd overall back in the 2016 CFL draft, Johnson has appeared in 54 games over the last four seasons and is just three receptions shy of 100 for his career with 97 grabs for 1,454 yards and seven touchdowns.

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