Canadian receiver Jevon Cottoy opts back into contract with B.C. Lions following NFL workouts

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Canadian receiver Jevon Cottoy has opted back in for the 2021 season with the B.C. Lions.

“I was grateful for the opportunities I had down south, but I’m excited to hit the field in Kamloops as we begin this journey toward a Grey Cup run in 2021,” said Cottoy in a statement.

The six-foot-five, 230-pound Cottoy most recently attended a workout with the San Francisco 49ers after he was granted a release to pursue NFL opportunities.

The 24-year-old played 16 games in his rookie season in 2019, hauling in 38 receptions for 386 yards and a touchdown. The production earned him a team nomination for the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie award.

Cottoy originally signed with the Lions following an outstanding 2018 campaign with the Langley Rams in which he recorded 39 catches for 657 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. He then added a remarkable 25 catches for 645 yards in four playoff games on route to earning a British Columbia Football Conference all-star nod.

Born in St. Vincent, Cottoy moved to Calgary as a youngster and would go on to begin his junior football career with the Calgary Colts from 2014 to 2017.