Laval kicker Vincent Blanchard lands NFL rookie mini-camp invite from New England Patriots

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Canadian kicker Vincent Blanchard has landed a rookie mini-camp invite with the New England Patriots, per sources.

The 25-year-old is regarded as the top specialist in the 2024 CFL Draft but will now get a chance to compete for a spot in Foxborough with the rest of the NFL Draft class.

A native of Quebec City, Blanchard was named a second-team All-Canadian last season after posting a 94 percent mark on field goals. He is best remembered for his five-for-five outing that powered the Laval Rouge et Or to victory in the 2022 Vanier Cup game, which included a career-long make of 49 yards.

In 29 games for Laval, Blanchard has connected on 53-of-71 field goals (74.6 percent), while nailing 88-of-89 extra points and adding 14 singles. He has also handled the team’s punting duties, booting 186 times for an average of 39.7 yards and pinning 55 kicks inside the twenty-yard line.

The 2024 CFL Draft is set for Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Blanchard’s NFL opportunity is not expected to significantly affect his draft stock.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.