Edmonton Elks bring back two-way receiver Raphael Leonard

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The Edmonton Elks have brought back American receiver Raphael Leonard after he was released on Wednesday as part of mandatory training camp roster cutdowns.

Leonard played five games for the Elks in 2022, suiting up three times at wide receiver and starting twice at defensive back. The 25-year-old recorded one reception for five yards while totalling six tackles on defence.

The six-foot-two, 190-pound target played 22 games at Southern Illinois over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, making 91 receptions for 1,377 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Starkville, Miss. native attended training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 but was cut prior to the start of the season.

Leonard was signed by the B.C. Lions following the 2019 season but was released prior to the start of the 2021 campaign.

In a corresponding move, the Elks released American receiver Cam Sullivan-Brown. 

The six-foot, 195-pound pass catcher appeared in 10 games for the University of Massachusetts in 2022, earning Pro Football Network All-Independent Second Team honours after making 27 catches for 373 yards with two receiving touchdowns. Prior to his time with the Minutemen, Sullivan-Brown spent four seasons at  Penn State from 2018 to 2021, totalling 17 receptions for 163 yards in 37 games with the Nittany Lions.

The Elks are scheduled to open the CFL preseason on Monday, May 22 against the Calgary Stampeders.