New Patriots wide receiver Josh Boyce ready to work with another top-level quarterback
|04.27.13 at 1:55 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Josh Boyce knows quality quarterbacks.
As a high schooler in Texas, he had the chance to work with Robert Griffin III. In college at TCU, he was a teammate of Andy Dalton. Now, the Patriots’ fourth-round pick will get the opportunity to catch passes from Tom Brady.
‘All three of them are great guys and great quarterbacks,’ said Boyce shortly after New England picked him with the 102nd selection in the draft on Saturday afternoon. ‘I’ve been blessed to play with great quarterbacks throughout my career.’
The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Boyce already has some history with Brady — he shares the same agency as the New England quarterback, and had a chance to meet him when he came on a visit this spring. (He said Saturday he’s worked out with Julian Edelman, who also has the same representation.)
‘You’re talking about a great quarterback in Tom Brady,’ Boyce said, who also counts current Patriots and former Horned Frogs like Marcus Cannon and Marcus Williams as friends. ‘I met Tom, I met him on the visit. He introduced himself and I told him we had the same agent and everything.’
One of the most intriguing prospects in this draft, Boyce absolutely lit up the combine this past February. Already well regarded as a prospect after a three-year career at TCU (where he had 161 catches for 2,535 yards and 22 touchdowns in his three seasons as a collegian), he absolutely crushed it in Indy, dominating the wide receiver group across the board.
Despite the fact he was dealing with the fallout from a foot injury, he was the only receiver to rank in the top four in the 40 (4.38) and bench press (22 reps). In addition, he finished in the top four among receivers in five out of the seven main categories (40, bench press, broad jump, 3-cone drill, and 60-yard shuffle).
It was a performance that landed him on the radar screen of NFL personnel men.
‘I think it did because a lot of people didn’t think I’d run as fast as I did,’ Boyce said. ‘I think the combine helped me out a lot.’
Despite the physical attributes, Boyce — who finished his sociology degree at TCU in three years — says that his intelligence is his greatest asset.
‘I think I’m real smart. I can pick up things really quick. I see a lot of things before they happen. I think my mind is working for me a lot of times.
As for how he projects in the New England system, he will likely get an opportunity to see some snaps while battling with newcomers like Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins for playing time. One thing that will help him is the fact that he has some positional versatility — he said Saturday he’s comfortable playing inside and outside — as well as his special teams value (he returned three kicks last year for TCU).
Asked if he considers himself a deep threat, Boyce was noncommittal.
‘Some people call me that. I just think I’m an all-around receiver,’ Boyce said. ‘Whatever they need me to do, I can do.’