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Josh Boyce spent the majority of his rookie season on the sidelines or in the training room. He is well on his way to erasing those memories with a solid start to his offseason. Jeff Howe from the Boston Herald explains:
Boyce’s speed and quickness have been apparent during practices, as his footwork and precision have helped him separate at times while he gets in and out of his breaks.
On Thursday, Boyce split the safeties on a post route in the red zone and caught a perfect touchdown pass from Tom Brady, who lofted the ball as Boyce made his cut a couple of steps in front of the defensive pairing. Surely, it’s just a spring practice, but such a connection takes trust and talent from Brady and Boyce. The TCU product also displayed good body control in the air with leaping receptions in the red zone and up the left sideline.
Said offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: 'He’s really put in the time and the effort to put himself in position to compete and really put his best performance on the field. It’s exciting, and we’re glad he’s healthy. He’s in good shape. He’s out there doing a lot of different things, and we’ll see what happens this year.'
Unless injuries strike the receiving corps, Boyce will likely be—at best—the fourth receiver behind Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson. If he continues to build his connection with Brady, however, No. 12 can be a pretty powerful lobbyist with the coaching staff.
Boyce has also been seen doing work on return units, further solidifying his role with the team.