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.
Boyd has been having a strong training camp to date, the Bengals' official site reports. "I think this is the best he's looked since he's been here. I'm excited about that," QB Andy Dalton said of the third-year wideout.
Boyd, who hauled in 54 passes as a rookie, was limited to 22 catches for 225 yards and two TDs in 10 games last year. He did finish the 2017 campaign on a high note, scoring a last-minute game-winning TD in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens, en route to logging a season-high 91 receiving yards. With Boyd's growing chemistry with Dalton on display in camp, the 2016 second-rounder is making a case for a key role in the team's passing attack following the release of veteran Brandon LaFell, who logged 88 targets last season. With that in mind, Boyd's primary competition for opportunities behind top wideout A.J. Green is speedy 2017 first-rounder John Ross, who is also having a strong summer.
Boyd had charges dropped from a July 12 car accident in Pittsburgh, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Last summer, a vehicle registered to Boyd was found wrecked and unattended at 3 a.m. A search of the car revealed some bottles of alcohol and vape pens that tested positive for THC. Although one of Boyd's friends accepted fault for the incident and was charged, the wideout was facing a charge of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, which was dismissed Wednesday. During the preliminary hearing, Boyd also had charges of failing to notify police of a change in address and operation of an unsafe vehicle reduced to traffic citations. With the legal situation behind him, he'll be aiming to bounce back from a second season rife with inconsistency and a knee injury, containing him to 22 catches (on 32 targets) for 225 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games.
Boyd caught five of seven targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 win over the Ravens.
Boyd broke free on fourth down in the final minute for a 49-yard touchdown from Andy Dalton to give the Bengals the lead, and ultimately ending their division rival's playoff hopes. The second-year receiver had set a season high in yardage even before catching the game-winner, and finished the season with his two best performances in what was a largely sub-par sophomore campaign.
Boyd (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Boyd's healthy scratch is yet another black mark in what has been a dreadful season for the second-year wideout, who was held to just one catch for 15 yards on four targets in last week's blowout loss to the Bears. Even with receiver John Ross (knee) failing to make an impact in his rookie campaign before hitting injured reserve, Boyd hasn't been able to gain much traction in the passing game behind A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell. Boyd's injury issues and lack of productivity when he's been able to play seem to have enabled Josh Malone and Alex Erickson to surpass him on the depth chart.
|P2||8/18/18||@ DAL||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/18||@ BUF||4:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|