Canadian receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. to work out for New England Patriots

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Toronto Argonauts’ receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. is working out for the New England Patriots on Tuesday, per source.

The 25-year-old was named a CFL all-star this past season after making 81 receptions for 1,101 yards and five touchdowns over 18 games. He also made nine catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in the East Final to help his team reach the 109th Grey Cup, which the Argos won over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers by a score of 24-23.

The Ottawa native was the league’s leading Canadian receiver in 2022 as he became the first homegrown target to record a 1,000-yard season since Brad Sinopoli did so as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks in 2018.

Gittens was a third-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft out of Wilfrid Laurier University. He has caught 132 passes for 1,716 yards and nine touchdowns over 44 career games and has twice been named an East Division all-star.

The five-foot-eleven, 191-pounder recorded a 4.62-second forty-yard dash at the CFL Combine in 2019 along with a 31.5-inch vertical jump, 118-inch broad jump, 7.38-second three-cone drill, 4.40-second shuttle, and nine reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Gittens is a pending free agent. The earliest CFL players can sign futures contracts with the NFL is Monday, Jan. 9.

The Patriots currently sit second in the AFC East with a record of 8-8. The club can clinch a postseason berth with a win in their upcoming regular season finale against the Buffalo Bills.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.