Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Brayden Lenius-Dickey loses 30 pounds amid position change

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are going to see a new Brayden Lenius-Dickey in 2021.

Per source, the Vancouver native has dropped nearly thirty pounds since his rookie CFL season in 2019. The weight loss will allow him to move from a hybrid fullback/tight end role to that of a more traditional receiver.

Lenius-Dickey played wideout at the University of Washington, making 42 receptions for 542 yards and three touchdowns. He was converted to tight end when he transferred to New Mexico, which is why he was asked to gain weight.

The 24-year-old weighed in at 243 pounds at the 2019 CFL National Combine and played his rookie season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders slightly heavier than that. He made two receptions for four yards in a depth role behind slotback Cory Watson.

Now measuring in at six-foot-five and 218 pounds, Lenius-Dickey has improved his speed and could be a major factor in Saskatchewan’s passing attack in 2021.

The Riders currently have five national receivers under contract for the upcoming season — Lenius-Dickey, Mitchell Picton, Justin McInnis, Jake Harty, and 2020 fourth-round draft pick Kian Schaffer-Baker.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.