Boykin caught three of his four targets for 37 yards Sunday against the Browns. The second-year wideout was mostly efficient with his targets, but it's the one target he missed that sticks out as he had a ball bounce off his hands in the end zone for what would have been a touchdown. Still, Boykin had the most snaps of any Ravens receiver and saw the second-most targets. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews remain the primary pass catchers for the Ravens, but there's room in the offense for Boykin to take the next step and become a consistent contributor. Boykin and the Ravens will go to Houston to take on the Texans in Week 2.
Boykin has shown marked improvement during training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Finding a reliable option opposite Marquise Brown has been a major storyline for the Ravens all offseason. Veteran Dez Bryant worked out for the team last week but left without a contract, and it's possible that Boykin's improved play was a factor in Baltimore electing not to sign the three-time Pro Bowler. Boykin had an underwhelming rookie season, drawing just 22 targets while playing fewer snaps than Seth Roberts. Though Boykin was productive when targeted, catching three touchdowns and averaging 9.0 YPT, his lack of looks per snap suggests that he has some work to do in terms of getting open in coverage. Boykin is extremely athletic, and if his maturation as a receiver starts to match up with his raw gifts, he can be an impact player in Baltimore's low-volume, high-efficiency passing attack.
Boykin will face added competition for targets after the Ravens drafted a pair of receivers over the weekend, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. The heat was already on Boykin after he underperformed as a rookie, and the Ravens' selections of Devin Duvernay and James Proche means that the team wasn't satisfied with what it had at receiver before the draft. One mark in Boykin's favor is that neither Duvernay or Proche are built to take his spot in three-wide sets as both are projected slot receivers. That said, Boykin is at risk of getting passed over for targets, especially if Duvernay is a quick study. Boykin has a lot to prove this offseason to live up to his billing as a third-round pick in 2019.
General manager Eric DeCosta said the Ravens expect Boykin to make a second-year leap, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. The 2019 third-round pick started 11 of 16 games as a rookie but was used as a run blocker on about half of his 425 offensive snaps. Boykin finished the regular season with 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns, drawing no more than three targets in any one game until he got seven in a playoff loss to the Titans (three receptions for 26 yards). The 23-year-old could now take over more of the work that went to Seth Roberts in 2019, though there's a good chance the Ravens would replace Roberts with a superior talent. The most likely scenario feature Boykin in a job battle this summer, while Marquise Brown will be locked in for one starting spot and Willie Snead figures to man the slot.
Boykin finished his rookie season with 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns on 22 targets. It wasn't the season many envisioned for Boykin, who was taken in the third round in the 2019 NFL Draft and, given the receiving depth chart, seemingly had a path to a major role right away. That role never truly materialized, however, as he never played more than 56 percent of the offensive snaps in any of Baltimore's regular-season games. In fairness, Baltimore's offense is unique and veterans like Seth Roberts likely got the edge on Boykin in terms of playing time thanks to things like downfield blocking ability. Boykin should have the inside track at a bigger role in Year 2 with Roberts hitting free agency this offseason, but the Notre Dame product's modest 2019 impact likely won't prevent the Ravens from looking to add at the receiver position either through free agency or the draft.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/28||Kansas City Chiefs||11||16.00|
|4||10/04||@Washington Football Team||8||13.00|
|10||11/15||@New England Patriots||7||12.00|
|16||12/27||New York Giants||30||35.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||22||13||198||3||10||15.23||37|