Reigning CFL receiving yards leader, Kenny Lawler works out for Atlanta Falcons

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The CFL’s receiving yards leader in 2021, Kenny Lawler worked out for the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

Lawler recorded 64 receptions for a three-down league-leading 1,014 yards with six touchdowns in 13 games last year while playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He averaged 78 yards per game, 15.8 yards per catch and had a CFL-best 10 plays of 30 yards or more.

The 27-year-old played 16 games in 2019 and led the Bombers with 637 receiving yards on 41 receptions with four touchdowns. Those numbers helped him earn Winnipeg’s Most Outstanding Rookie honours. Lawler started three playoff games as well adding eight receptions for 126 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown in the West Final victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The six-foot-three, 195-pound pass catcher first came to Canada with the B.C. Lions in 2018, attending their training camp that season before being released. He was a seventh round, 243rd overall NFL Draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016 and spent time on their practice squad that year and in 2017.

The Pomona, CA native played three years with the University of California Golden Bears, catching 143 passes for 1,706 yards and 27 touchdowns, mostly from 2016 No. 1 overall pick, Detroit Lions quarterback, Jared Goff, before turning pro after his junior season.

Lawler earned a prorated $93,000 last CFL season and could boost his salary markedly by signing an NFL contract. He’s a pending free agent in Canada with the market opening Tuesday, February 8.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.