The San Francisco 49ers have worked out Saskatchewan Roughriders’ receiver Brayden Lenius and B.C. Lions defensive back Austin Joyner, according to NFL insider Aaron Wilson.
Lenius started all fourteen for the Riders this year at slotback, making 37 receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns. He also started the West Semi-Final vs. Calgary and West Final at Winnipeg, making six receptions for 43 yards.
The Regina native was a second-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of the University of New Mexico, though he had previously played at the University of Washington. He played a hybrid tight end/H-back role in 2019 but lost almost 30 pounds during the CFL’s extended 2020 off-season to play slotback in 2021.
Joyner started five games at strong-side linebacker for the Lions, making 18 defensive tackles. The 24-year-old signed with B.C. in March following a stint with the Alphas of The Spring League.
Lenius is a pending free agent, though Joyner is not. The NFL option window opened on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 and will remain open until 12:01 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. CFL players are able to work out for NFL teams during this period even if they are under contract with a team north of the border.