3 Key Points
- Brett Boyko, a Canadian lineman with NFL and XFL experience, continues with Edmonton Elks.
- American DB Donnie Lewis Jr., formerly with NFL teams and USFL, signed by the Elks.
- Elks prepare for the 75th anniversary season kickoff on June 8 against the Roughriders.
Brett Boyko Extends Tenure with Edmonton Elks
The Edmonton Elks are set for the new season with robust additions to their roster, solidifying the team’s composition. Local fans welcome the news of offensive lineman Brett Boyko’s re-signing, indicating his ongoing commitment to the team. In his tenure last season, he played a prominent role in 14 games, securing the starting position in 13 at the right tackle spot.
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A first-rate lineman, Boyko’s roots trace back to the BC Lions as their former second-round selection before expanding his horizons in NFL endeavors with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Los Angeles Chargers, showcasing the breadth of his skills across leagues. Returning from Orlando Guardians of the XFL, Boyko’s contributions to the Elks’ line are anticipated to fortify their overall offense.
Donnie Lewis Jr. Adds Depth to Defensive Backfield
In parallel strides, American defensive back Donnie Lewis Jr. strengthens the Elks’ defense. Lewis Jr., whose most recent accomplishments include his stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice squad and noteworthy plays in the USFL for the Birmingham Stallions, now looks to leave his mark in the CFL.
The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native’s resume echoes a rich history on the field, presenting 160 tackles, eight interceptions, and 37 pass breakups from his college days at Tulane University. His transition to the professional arena encompassed being drafted by the Cleveland Browns and spells with various NFL teams, culminating in his CFL journey.
Edmonton Elks Set for Season Opener
The Elks have their eyes set on the horizon, as the team’s 75th-anniversary season approaches. With Boyko’s offensive protection and Lewis Jr.’s defensive prowess, the Elks are gearing up to make an impact from the very start. The team is scheduled to commence this milestone season at home on June 8, hosting the esteemed Saskatchewan Roughriders, igniting a season of celebration and competition.
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