Riders sign Saskatoon native, offensive lineman Brett Boyko

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Saskatoon native, offensive lineman Brett Boyko. 

The six-foot-seven, 305-pound Boyko joins the Riders after initially signing with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted NFL free agent in 2015. He spent the season on the Eagles practice roster, before moving on to the Los Angeles Chargers, where he spent three seasons (2016-2018) and played in one NFL game.

Boyko was a member of the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football before the league ceased operations. Most recently, Boyko was with the B.C. Lions, who selected him in the second round, 14th overall during the 2015 CFL Draft. He played 15 games for the Lions in 2019. 

Coming out of his four NCAA seasons at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyko was considered the top prospect in the 2015 CFL Draft. The Saskatoon native started in all 43 games he played as a Rebel and was invited to play in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star game in the United States. 

As a senior, Boyko was named second-team All-Mountain West Conference after moving from left tackle to left guard and allowing just one quarterback sack on the year. That season he was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and Phil Steele ranked him as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the United States.