Coming out of Texas Christian as a fourth-round draft choice, Josh Boyce was heralded as a speedster with considerable NFL potential.
Last season, his second as a Patriot, he only wound up sticking around as a member of the practice squad, however.
“I made it to the NFL. That was the expectation,” Boyce chuckled when asked about it after Thursday’s practice. “Whatever they give me, I’m just trying to make the best of it.
“It was challenging,” he admitted, “but you learn. There’s always a positive out of everything. I’m continuing to grow right now. You have to stay locked in. You never know when you could get moved up, but I was out here trying to give everybody some good [looks] for the scout team.”
In this, his third NFL season, Boyce is looking to break through and become a fixture on the 53-man roster, which won’t be easy given the competition ahead of him. In the first week of training camp, though, he’s seen considerable action while Brandon LaFell has been on the shelf, and more recently, the team has lost Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson to injuries.
“With them in or out, you still have to make the plays whenever you get the chance,” observed Boyce. “Whenever coach puts you in, it doesn’t matter, just make the most of it.”
Thursday, Boyce had perhaps his best day of camp thus far, catching nearly everything thrown his way. He also continues to get reps as a kick returner. He credited his offseason workouts with Edelman and other teammates for his increased comfort level with the Patriots offense.
“I always learn from older players. Anybody that’s older, I try to pick their brain. You can learn a lot from Julian. He’s played here for a while. I’ve picked up little things from him.”
Boyce wouldn’t bite when asked if this is a “make-or-break” camp for him, but he sounded confident when talking about how this summer is different for him than the previous two.
“Just playing faster. I have a good grasp of the offense. So, I’m going out there and playing, not thinking about anything. It’s …Read More