Atlanta Falcons release former Riders receiver Brayden Lenius

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Atlanta Falcons have released Canadian tight end Brayden Lenius on the second day of training camp.

The six-foot-five, 225-pound target started all 14 games at slotback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last season, 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.

Lenius worked out for four NFL teams in the offseasons, including the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers. He was offered a contract from multiple teams but chose to sign with Atlanta.

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 receiver in 2021.

Lenius recorded 42 receptions for 452 yards and three touchdowns over three seasons at Washington (2014-15, 2017) before transferring to New Mexico (2018) where he made six catches for 39 yards and one touchdown.

He ran a 4.75 forty-yard dash at the 2019 CFL Combine, though he weighed 243 pounds at the time. He also recorded a 33-inch vertical jump, 7.62 three-cone drill, 4.66 short shuttle, and a nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump.

The 25-year-old is the son of former Arizona Wildcats receiver Troy Dickey, who played with Saskatchewan in 1995. Lenius was born in Regina but raised in North Vancouver, B.C.