Boyd hauled in six of nine targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 34-23 win over the Ravens on Thursday. Boyd's reception and receiving yardage totals paced the team on the night, even as he was mostly overshadowed by teammate A.J. Green's three-touchdown tally. However, the 23-year-old's performance was just as encouraging in its own way, given the considerable downturn he saw in 2017 (22-225-2). Boyd is currently outperforming the more heralded John Ross while also starting alongside Green as the No. 2 receiver. He'll look to continue the strong start to 2018 versus the Panthers in Week 3.
Boyd had three catches for 26 yards on five targets in the Bengals' win over the Colts on Sunday. Boyd was on the field for 48 snaps Sunday, 12 more than teammate John Ross, who scored on a short pass. Boyd's upside is capped by the presence of A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert in addition to Ross. It'll be difficult for him to have much more volume when everyone is healthy with the Bengals.
Boyd caught both of his targets for two yards and lost three yards on his only carry during Saturday's 21-13 win over the Cowboys. He also lost a fumble. Things hardly could've gone worse for Boyd, who lost net yardage on the night and turned the ball over at midfield in the second quarter. He found the end zone in the first preseason game, but this performance goes to show that he's still a long ways from cementing himself as a go-to option on the outside. Boyd is still competing with John Ross for positioning on the depth chart and will need a better showing next week against the Bills to help his case.
Boyd caught one of three targets for a three-yard touchdown during Thursday's 30-27 win over Chicago. Cincinnati spread Chicago out near the goal line and Boyd cut in for a quick slant and an easy score, the Bengals' second of the first quarter. Boyd had a solid, but unspectacular, rookie season in 2016, but fell off in 2017 -- at times sitting as a healthy scratch. He seems reinvigorated this offseason, climbing up to No. 2 on the depth chart opposite A.J. Green. He could be dangerous if John Ross, too, rebounds as defenses would be forced to respect Green and Ross deep, likely leaving Boyd in favorable situations.
Boyd is listed as the Bengals' No. 2 wide receiver on their initial depth chart, ahead of John Ross, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Boyd will slide into the slot whenever the Bengals go three wide, but the implication for now is that he'll be out there instead of Ross when they only use two wide receivers. That said, this is just the initial depth chart, and lots can change through the preseason and even the beginning of the regular season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|8||10/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|10||11/11||New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|3 Year Avg||56||38||414||2||24||10.89||55|