Bishops Steven Turner to attend Bears mini-camp


Steven Turner is getting his chance to strut his stuff for an NFL team.
The Bishop’s Gaiters star receiver and special-teams ace will attend the Chicago Bears’ minicamp later this week. Turner, a Toronto native who grew up in Brampton, Ont., accepted the invitation Monday after being bypassed in last week’s NFL draft.
Prior to the draft, Turner had said all he wanted was an opportunity to go to an NFL camp and show his ability to return punts and kicks. Now, two days after the conclusion of the draft, he will get that chance after his agent, Montreal’s Darren Gill, worked out final details Monday.

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Turner is the latest Canadian to garner interest from an NFL club.
The five-foot-nine, 185-pound Turner was a special-teams dynamo last year. He was Canadian university football’s top punt returner, averaging a stellar 20.4 yards per return while taking two back for touchdowns. Turner also had 11 receptions for 207 yards and one TD. In March, Turner raised eyebrows at the CFL evaluation camp by posting an event record time of 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash. The day before, he had a vertical leap of 43.5 inches — just a half-inch shy of the event record — and a camp-best shuttle run of 4.03 seconds.
Turner’s performance boosted his stock for the CFL’s Canadian college draft but also attracted interest south of the border. His 40-yard dash time and vertical jump would have placed him second in both events at the NFL combine, where league officials gather annually to test and interview the top-rated NCAA draft prospects.
Shortly after the CFL evaluation camp, Turner spoke with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts.
Turner remains eligible for this year’s CFL Canadian college draft. But it makes economic sense for a Canadian player to give the NFL a try considering the league’s minimum salary this year is US$325,000.
Even as a CFL first-round pick, Turner could expect a five-figure signing bonus and a salary between C$40,000 and $45,000, depending on where he was selected.

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