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.
Boyd saw 30 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears, recording one catch for 15 yards on four targets.
The snap total was double what he received in both of the previous two weeks, but Boyd is still at best a tertiary option for the Bengals. That's a disappointing development considering that Boyd was a second-round pick a year ago and first-round rookie John Ross (shoulder) barely saw the field before landing on injured reserve.
Boyd had two catches for 15 yards on three targets in Monday's loss to the Steelers.
Even with John Ross barely seeing the field this year, Boyd has been a disappointment in his second season with the Bengals. The former second-round pick has just 11 catches for 80 yards and 11 touchdowns and frequently has been a healthy scratch.
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