B.C. Lions choose Keon Hatcher to start in place of injured Bryan Burnham

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The B.C. Lions have moved Keon Hatcher to the boundary slotback position in place of injured star receiver Bryan Burnham, according to the team’s latest depth chart.

Hatcher started B.C.’s first two games of the season at field-side wide receiver where he made 11 receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown. He should get even more targets playing in Burnham’s old spot at boundary slotback, making him an attractive option for fantasy players.

The six-foot-one, 212-pound target is in his second season with the Lions after making 17 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns over seven games as a rookie in 2021.

Josh Pearson will replace Hatcher at field-side wide receiver in what will be his first start in the CFL. The Jacksonville State product signed with B.C. in January after a two-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during which he won a Super Bowl ring.

The six-foot-four, 205-pound target led the Gamecocks in all receiving categories as a junior with 67 catches for 1,123 yards and 17 touchdowns and was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press. He followed that up with another impressive season as a senior, recording 943 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Burnham was placed on the six-game injured list on Monday after sustaining fractured ribs during B.C.’s victory over the Toronto Argonauts in Week 3. His timeline for recovery remains unclear but it is likely that he will miss several of B.C.’s upcoming games.

The Lions (2-0) are scheduled to visit the Ottawa Redblacks (0-2) on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.