WR Tyler Boyd - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-1, 197||Born: 11-15-1993||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2016|
2019 Week 1 vs SEA (11 / 8 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Boyd led the team in targets but a poorly thrown deep ball from Dalton that could have gone for a long touchdown spoiled the potential for a big fantasy day. While he didn't rack up big yardage totals, Boyd did make plenty of plays in the middle of the field. He made three catches on the opening drive, the highlight coming on a 14-yard grab on 3rd-and-long with a defender draped all over him. Boyd's strong, reliable hands were on display, catching the ball away from his body and hauling it in despite the defender getting a hand in. He made a 13-yard grab over the middle that may have been his most impressive of the day. The ball was deflected by a defender at the line and Boyd was able to adjust quickly and reach behind him to make the grab. Dalton and Boyd hooked up on a pair of 6-yard gains on similar plays that were probably RPOs. Dalton lined up in shotgun, faked the quick run handoff to suck the linebacker up, and then hit Boyd running the slant into the space opened up by the linebacker. On the missed big-play connection, Boyd lined up in the slot and then ran right behind the defensive line, getting lost in the mass of bodies before cutting upfield on a wheel route down the seam. He was wide open but Dalton threw the pass too much to the inside and short, which turned a potential long touchdown into an incompletion. Boyd played 79% of the snaps, which was good for just third best amongst the wide receivers.
2019 Week 2 vs SF (10 / 10 / 122 / 0 rec)
The lone offensive bright spot for the Bengals was the play of Tyler Boyd. He was fantastic, catching every single target and consistently converting on third downs to keep the offense on the field. His first catch of the game was his easiest. The Bengals lined up with a bunch formation to the left and a busted coverage left Boyd wide open down the sideline for a 47-yard catch and run. Boyd setup the Bengals first touchdown with an 8-yard catch on 3rd-and-7 in the red zone. He held on with a defender draped all over his back. It was the first of many 3rd down conversions for Boyd. He was schemed open for an easy 9-yard catch on 3rd-and-1. Then went low to grab a pass over the middle for a 12 yard gain on 3rd-and-12. He picked up 15 yards on a 3rd-and-6 screen pass. Boyd's big fantasy day could have been even bigger but he had a 16-yard touchdown catch wiped out by a holding penalty. Boyd played 79% of the snaps for the second straight week, which is a bit less than last season (when he had 8 straight games with 92% or more) but not a cause for concern.
2019 Week 3 vs BUF (11 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Boyd wasn't targeted until late in the first half, when he was dropped for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass that the Bills sniffed out. He got a couple looks in the two-minute drill before halftime but one was tipped at the line and the other would have taken a spectacular effort to haul in. He went into the half with negative yardage. Boyd hauled in an 11-yard pass that was tipped up into the air at the line of scrimmage. He ran a bit of a lazy out route that led to an interception. Tre'Davious White was able to undercut it and the ball was probably thrown a bit too far into the middle of the field as well. Boyd did make some key catches in the Bengals late comeback attempt, grabbing it in traffic on slant routes for gains of 14 and 11 yards. He also made a 26-yard catch on a 3rd-and-long when two defenders went with John Ross and left Boyd open cutting in beneath him.
2019 Week 4 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Boyd was one of four Bengals who tied for the team lead with six targets. He opened the game with an easy 15-yard catch and run on a quick crossing route over the middle. The slot corner blitzed, living Boyd all alone. Boyd picked up 13 on a deeper crossing route, holding on despite a big hit from Mike Hilton. It was a surprisingly quiet day for Boyd, especially considering the game script should have been favorable for him seeing more than just six targets.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (14 / 10 / 123 / 1 rec)
The Bengals weren't able to get Boyd going early. He had just one catch for four yards at halftime. He took over for a stretch in the second half, however. With the Bengals playing hurry-up for much of the fourth quarter, Dalton looked to Boyd often. On the game-tying drive in the final minutes, the two hooked up for a 29-yard catch and run on a short post route to get the ball out to midfield. A few plays later, Boyd ran a beautiful deep route for a 42-yard touchdown. He had Budda Baker trailing him and he gave a subtle head fake and jab step towards the middle of the field before cutting back outside, creating a ton of separation and making an over the shoulder grab for the score.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Boyd had a tough game. He said after the game that the Ravens often bracketed him in coverage and it seemed the defensive plan was to force the Bengals backup receivers who have been forced into the starting lineup by injuries to beat them. Complicating matters further for Boyd is the fact the Bengals have no speed options currently available at wide receiver and teams don't fear getting beat deep, which allows them to sneak the safeties up closer to the box and into the areas of the field where Boyd typically does most of his damage. Dalton tried to force it into Boyd over the middle on one play but he was surrounded by three Ravens defenders and the pass was picked off. Boyd didn't make some difficult plays he typically makes. It looked like he was going to pick up big yards on a fade route down the right sideline, grabbing the ball with both hands over the back of the corner but the Safety was able to come in late to knock it out. He was wide open for what should have been a solid pickup over the middle but Dalton's pass was slightly off target and Boyd wasn't able to hold on as he dove to grab it.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (14 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Boyd had one of the worst games of his career. There were mental mistakes like a penalty for a late shift. There were a number of drops. He should have had a 17-yard gain over the middle but dropped the pass when he looked up to see where the defender was before securing the ball. Some of the failed connections were on both Boyd and Dalton. Boyd got open on a smooth out and up route but the ball was slightly under thrown, allowing the defender to get a hand in to knock it out when Boyd let it get into his chest instead of grabbing it with his hands. The next play Dalton put a little too much speed on the ball on a quick slant and Boyd let it sail right through his hands. In addition to the drops, Boyd also had a costly fumble. He caught a short pass and weaved his way through traffic but stumbled a bit, causing his arm carrying the ball to swing away from his body and a defender to punch it out. Overall, Boyd did not look like the confident, sure-handed player he was throughout 2018. He struggled some with confidence early in his career and there is some chance that his struggles could snowball.
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Boyd made a beautiful 22-yard catch on a back shoulder fade on a 4th-and-2 despite very good coverage, showing the strong hands that are his best asset. He had a step on a deep ball down the middle of the field but Dalton threw it five yards too far or it might have been a long touchdown. He made an 11-yard grab against tight coverage over the middle. Boyd made another 11-yard grab on a well designed rub route where he came wide open from the slot. Boyd came through in the clutch again with an 18-yard grab on 4th-and-13 to set the Bengals up inside the Rams 10-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. Boyd had a touchdown chance on a garbage time target near the goal line but the timing appeared to be off between him and Dalton and the ball was thrown high and in front of him.
2019 Week 10 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
Boyd made an 11-yard grab over the middle, holding on through contact to keep the chains moving on an early 3rd-and-11. He came up with another key catch on third and long, picking up 24 yards over the middle. Boyd was mostly held in check by Marlon Humphrey, who had tight coverage on a pair of incompletions.
2019 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Boyd played all but two offensive snaps but was only targeted three times. He was uncharacteristically blunt in expressing his frustration after the game, noting that he was open and the team needed to get him the ball. While he didn't directly criticize the play of Ryan Finley, the target of his frustration was obviously the rookie passer.
2019 Week 12 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 101 / 1 rec)
Boyd played every snap and was targeted heavily after complaining about a lack of opportunities postgame last week. He caught a short pass on the second play of the game and lowered his shoulder to run over a Steelers defensive back and pick up six yards. Boyd made a beautiful one-handed catch for a gain of 47 yards. He had a defender bodied up against him on the deep play action pass but was able to box him out and pin the ball to his shoulder pad with one hand. The very next play, he made another contested catch for a 15-yard touchdown. He ran a slant and go that didn't fool the defender but he was able to go up and made the catch anyway. Boyd slipped a tackle to turn a short catch into an 11-yard gain. He drew a 14-yard pass interference penalty when the defender held him coming out of his break on a deep ball. Boyd juggled and dropped a pass over the middle on a 3rd-and-short. Boyd hauled in an over-the-shoulder catch down the sideline for a 22-yard gain but as he tried to get into the end zone, he had the ball punched out for a game-changing fumble.
2019 Week 13 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
Boyd was open deep over the middle early but Dalton threw it a bit too high. He hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception, finding a small hole between three defenders, making a hands catch, and then holding on through contact. He caught a 17-yard pass to get the Bengals into the red zone after finding a soft spot in the zone. He lost a contact and left the game temporarily. Boyd had a linebacker beat on a deep seam route for what should have been a 44-yard touchdown but the linebacker wrapped him up while the ball was in the air for an obvious pass interference penalty that setup the Bengals second touchdown.
2019 Week 14 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Boyd made a pair of nice grabs away from his body in traffic on the opening drive for gains of 21 and 14 yards. He made another pretty grab reaching high and snagging it on the run for a 16-yard gain on a slant later in the first quarter. In the red zone, Boyd found a soft spot in the zone and stopped, caught the pass from Dalton and turned upfield, diving for the end zone. He came up a yard short but picked up 16 on the play. Boyd had a quiet second half but did gain seven yards on a third-down slant to pick up a first down.
2019 Week 15 vs NE (7 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Patriots shadowed Boyd with Stephon Gilmore and Gilmore easily won the matchup. Gilmore was in Boyd's hip pocket on a slant route and when the ball was thrown slightly behind Boyd, Gilmore was able to pick it off. The next possession, Boyd ran an out rout and Dalton tried to make the long throw from the far has to the sideline. Gilmore again stepped in front of Boyd for the interception and took it the other way for a touchdown.
2019 Week 16 vs MIA (15 / 9 / 128 / 2 rec)
Boyd looked like he was on his way to another solid but unspectacular fantasy showing. He caught a wheel route down the left sideline for 19 yards late in the first quarter and made a man miss on a pretty 14-yard catch and run in the final minute before halftime. Still, he had just a few catches and less than 50 receiving yards late in the third quarter. Then, the Bengals offense started rolling and Boyd started racking up the fantasy points in bunches. It started with a 4th-and-3 catch by Boyd that went for a 34-yard touchdown. He lined up in the slot and ran a fade route against single coverage. He played through a shove and made a beautiful over-the-shoulder grab down the sideline and maintained his balance to get into the end zone. Boyd was the focal point of the offense in the furious fourth-quarter comeback. He saw eight targets in the game's final nine minute as the Bengals charged back from 23 points down to force overtime. Six of those targets actually came in the final three minutes of regulation. Boyd struck for his second touchdown on another 4th-and-3 play. This time, he took advantage of a rub from Alex Erickson to get inside position on the slant and was able to twist after the being hit to barely sneak the ball over the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown with 33 seconds left. After an onside kick, Boyd made a 29-yard grab deep down the seam to get the team in position for one shot at the end zone. It was a great performance by Boyd, who played a whopping 83 snaps and was targeted 15 times.
2019 Week 17 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Boyd had a pair of uncharacteristic drops in the first half but otherwise played well. He made a leaping catch over Denzel Ward over the middle of the field for a 22-yard gain. He was also able to get open on short out-breaking routes for gains of 5-to-10 yards with some consistency.
2018 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Boyd took most of the snaps in two-wide receiver sets and played 87% of the snaps overall. His 5 targets against the Colts were third on the team behind only A.J. Green and Joe Mixon. Boyd made a key play late, picking up 17 yards on a 3rd-and-long to keep the chains moving. He caught the ball short but found room to run down the right sideline. Boyd also made one of the most important plays of the game recovering an A.J. Green fumble amidst a trio of Colts.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (9 / 6 / 91 / 1 rec)
Boyd is emerging as the #2 target in the Bengals offense and actually led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and targets (tied with A.J. Green at 9). He played 58 snaps (76%), 13 more than John Ross. Boyd starred on a late first-half drive. His first big gain was a 22-yard catch on a back-shoulder fade. Dalton had a free play after getting the Ravens to jump offsides and threw it deep down the right sideline, where Boyd made a great play on the ball. A few plays later, he caught a 3rd-and-long pass over the middle for a 17-yard gain to set the Bengals up 1st-and-goal. He finished the drive off with a 14-yard touchdown catch on a crossing route over the middle. He caught the ball in a soft spot in the zone just in front of a linebacker and then out sprinted him to the end zone. Boyd is playing with a lot of confidence right now and is one of Dalton's favorite targets.
2018 Week 3 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 132 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Boyd was the star of the game for the Bengals, leading the team in receiving for the second-straight week. Boyd's first few touches came on plays designed to get him the ball in space. The first was a short crossing route off of play action. The next came on a jet sweep handoff. He caught a 23-yard pass on a deep out route. Boyd did most of his damage late in the game, after A.J. Green left with injury to leave Boyd as the clear top remaining receiver. Boyd had a 27-yard touchdown reception on a scramble drill. Dalton escaped the pocket and sprinted toward the sideline while Boyd ran in the same direction across the back of the end zone. Boyd's other big gain, a 49-yard catch, came on a similar broken play with Dalton scrambling to the left. Boyd sprinted downfield and got behind the defense, allowing Dalton to loft it deep down the sideline to him.
2018 Week 4 vs ATL (15 / 11 / 100 / 0 rec)
Boyd was the go-to receiver for the Bengals in Week 4. He made an incredible number of key third and fourth-down catches to keep drives going. He was especially key on the game-winning drive. He caught a 3rd-and-long pass early on the drive and came up with a pair of 4th-down catches with the game on the line. Boyd has clearly earned the trust of both Dalton and the Bengals offensive coaching staff. He knows where to be, runs precise routes, and has extremely reliable hands. For the most part, there wasn't anything fancy about Boyd's routes on Sunday. A.J. Green was often seeing double-coverage on the outside, which left Boyd one-on-one and he was consistently able to take advantage. Boyd noted after the game that when he was single-covered in the slot on third or fourth down, he knew the ball was probably coming his way. He won his individual matchups and was especially effective operating in the middle of the field against a Falcons defense that is incredibly soft over the middle with all of their injuries on that side of the ball. Boyd saw many of his targets after Tyler Eifert. The two both operate primarily in the middle of the field, so it makes sense Boyd would pick up some targets that would have gone to Eifert. On the other hand, the imminent return of Joe Mixon may negatively impact Boyd. Without much of an inside run game, the Bengals have been forced to spread the field and use short passes to Boyd almost as an extension of the running game. The offense could look more traditional with less spread and less shotgun next week.
2018 Week 5 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Boyd made a big catch early He hauled it in along the sideline between the cornerback and safety for a gain of 31 yards and was able to maintain possession despite taking a big hit. Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet game for Boyd. Not having John Ross or Tyler Eifert on the field led to more defensive attention and less space to operate.
2018 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 7 / 62 / 2 rec)
It was another standout performance for Boyd who had one of the best games of his career. While a couple of the other receivers struggled to catch the ball in the cold, rainy conditions, Boyd grabbed everything thrown near him. He extended for a diving 2-yard touchdown catch on third down. He ran an out route and had plenty of separation but Dalton had to loft it over the linebacker, which meant Boyd had to lay out and grab it with his hands and make sure he got his arms under the ball as he went to the end zone. Boyd's second touchdown came just before halftime. He ran a simple out route against the single coverage of Artie Burns. Burns seemed to be caught flat footed by the little inside fake before Boyd broke it out and Boyd had huge separation to make the 14-yard touchdown look easy. Boyd and Dalton hooked up on a pair of big plays on scramble drill plays three weeks ago against Carolina and nearly had another big one against the Steelers. Dalton broke the pocket and sprinted to his left, lofting it high down the left sideline where Boyd grabbed it for a 39-yard gain. The play was called back due to holding, though. Boyd showed off his hands on a couple other plays, going down to snag one just above the turf on one of Dalton's few poor throws and hanging on through contact for a tough 16-yard catch over the middle.
2018 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Boyd was a non-factor until midway through the third quarter when he caught three passes in a four play stretch. He extended high for a 9-yard gain on a pass over the middle and then snagged passes of 5 and 13 yards to help setup a field goal. Dalton seemed to only have eyes for A.J. Green and rarely looked Boyd's direction outside of the one drive.
2018 Week 8 vs TB (10 / 9 / 138 / 1 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Boyd dominated the first half of the game. He caught a 22-yard pass over the middle on the opening drive. He was slow getting up and went to the sideline temporarily but was right back in to open the next drive, where he took a fly sweep for a short loss. Boyd caught a 28-yard pass down the left sideline and dove toward the pylon. He looked like he might have scored but was ruled down just shy of the goal line. The Bengals didn't challenge, instead going quickly and running it in for the score on the next play. Boyd did a nice job dragging his toes along the sideline for an 8-yard gain to convert a third down. Dalton hit Boyd for a 9-yard touchdown on a pretty back shoulder fade from the slot. Boyd showed his flexibility twisting against his momentum to adjust and make the catch. Dalton's trust in Boyd to allow him to make these kinds of plays has grown by leaps and bounds this season. The middle of the field was wide open for much of the first half and Boyd had other chunk gains of 19 and 26 yards.
2018 Week 10 vs NO (4 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
Without A.J. Green, the Saints were often able to devote multiple defenders to slowing down Boyd. For better or worse, Dalton didn't try to force it to Boyd through double coverage and Boyd saw a season-low four targets. When the ball was actually thrown to Boyd, he looked fantastic. He is quick in and out of his breaks and attacks the ball away from his body, catching with his hands. Boyd's surprisingly low target total was a product of multiple factors. The Bengals came out run-heavy early and moved the ball with Mixon. The offense also simply wasn't on the field much, with the Saints winning the time of possession battle 2-to-1. Dalton attempted just 20 passes and had to take a few extra deep shots to John Ross because the Bengals needed points in a hurry to have any chance. Increased defensive attention due to the absence of A.J. Green was also a factor but perhaps not as much of an issue as was the game script.
2018 Week 11 vs BAL (11 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)
Seemingly every third down, Boyd was targeted. In fact, 9 out of Boyd's 11 targets came on 3rd down. Unfortunately, the Ravens were always aware of where Boyd was lined up and dropped extra defenders in that area. It made life extremely difficult for Dalton, Boyd, and the Bengals offense. What were often easy completions in past weeks with multiple defenders focused on A.J. Green, were instead extremely difficult attempts into a crowd without Green on the field. Boyd did still make a few big plays, however. He came up with a number of clutch grabs to keep drives alive. The biggest came with five minutes to play. Boyd ran a wheel route from the slot and made a sweet over the shoulder catch for a 32-yard gain on 3rd-and-long to put the Bengals in position for a game-tying field goal (which was missed).
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (8 / 7 / 85 / 1 rec)
Boyd's play was the lone bright spot on an otherwise dismal day for the Bengals. He caught all but one target and even that incompletion was impressive. Boyd made a fantastic mid-air adjustment and nearly was able to pull it in along the sideline. He was able to get open on a post route for a 28-yard touchdown deep down the middle. Boyd made a number of tough contested catches against tight coverage, confidently snatching the ball with his hands. His best play didn't even count. Boyd went up over a pair of Browns defenders to steal the ball out of their hands for a 47-yard reception just shy of the end zone. The play came back due to a flag for an illegal shift.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)
Boyd continues to play great football. He made a diving grab deep down the seam for a 22-yard gain to setup the Bengals first field goal. He also had a 20-yard gain on a sweet route where he faked inside and pivoted outside and hauled it in along the sideline. A couple plays later, he made a 23-yard diving grab down the seam. On both plays, he got up slowly and looked to be favoring his right side. He left the game briefly but was able to return and finish out the game. With Green lost for the season, Boyd will remain the go-to player for the Bengals passing offense down the stretch. He showed a real chemistry with Jeff Driskel, which bodes well for his ability to remain productive without Andy Dalton in the lineup.
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (6 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Boyd had a solid game but wasn't as heavily targeted as expected. He caught a post for a 19-yard gain to get the Bengals into the red zone. Boyd made a diving catch on an out route for a 13-yard gain. He also caught a 20-yard past on a post route. Boyd drew a holding penalty in the end one in the final minutes of the game to set up a touchdown.
2018 Week 15 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)
Boyd's first catch of the day was a big one, keeping a first-quarter drive alive with a 7-yard gain on 4th-and-2. There wasn't much separation but he was able to bring it in and hold on despite the defender being right there. Boyd has had a knack for coming up big on key plays this season. Later on the same drive, Boyd caught a post route for a 21-yard gain to put himself over 1,000 receiving yards for the season and set the Bengals up inside the Raiders 10 yard line. A few plays later, Boyd finished the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown catch on a slant. He was able to get inside positioning and hold on through contact and push his way across the goal line. Boyd was wide open for what should have been his second touchdown of the day. He ran a post corner route and had the cornerback all turned around but Driskel fired the pass well off the mark. Boyd injured his knee while blocking and didn't play in the second half. His injury has been reported as a low-grade MCL sprain. However, with only two weeks left in the season and the Bengals eliminated from playoff contention, it could be a season-ending injury.
2017 Week 1 vs BAL (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Boyd was targeted on a quick slant that was tipped at the line for a Ravens interception. His only reception came on an option route to the outside that he took for 11 yards to convert a 3rd-and-9 and get the team into the red zone.
2017 Week 4 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Boyd has been working as the third receiver but the Bengals have been using FB/TE Ryan Hewitt more and Boyd's playing time has been down. He caught a pair of short passes from the slot but isn't a big part of the offensive game plan at this point.
2017 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Boyd had a pair of short catches early on quick out routes to the sideline in the game's first 10 minutes. On his second catch, Shareece Wright dove low and took out Boyd's knee. He left the game with has been diagnosed as a sprained MCL that will sideline him for at least a few weeks.
2017 Week 12 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)
Boyd looks fully healthy again after missing much of the season with a knee injury. He scored a 9-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Boyd lined up in the slot and ran a slant. The Browns linebackers bit hard on the play action run fake, which left the middle of the field wide open for Boyd to easily score. Boyd had a great effort to get past the sticks on a 3rd-and-long reception. He caught it short and turned up the left sideline, diving and extending the ball past the marker despite taking a big hit along the sideline.
2017 Week 14 vs CHI (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Boyd has worked his way back up the depth chart to #3 wide receiver but hasn't done much of note. He had a drop and wasn't on the same page as Dalton on a timing route to the outside.
2017 Week 16 vs DET (6 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
After being a healthy scratch multiple times in recent weeks, Boyd was back in the lineup and made an impact. He was targeted deep down the seam on an early third down and dropped what would have been a moderately difficult catch. He made some key catches as the game went on though, including a 3rd-and-long catch where he found a soft spot in the zone. Boyd also nearly scored on a 6-yard reception. He dove to extend the ball toward the pylon but came up a yard short.
2017 Week 17 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 91 / 1 rec)
Boyd was the star of the game for the Bengals. He made a pair of tough 3rd-down catches in the first quarter to keep drives going, one on a slant over the middle and another on an out route along the sidelines. The big play for Boyd came with less than a minute left and the Bengals facing 4th-and-12 from midfield. Boyd lined up in the slot and ran straight down the seam, finding a soft spot in the zone. He caught it 30 yards downfield and accelerated to the outside past a safety and into the end zone for the game-winning 49-yard touchdown.
2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Boyd did all of his damage in one drive right before halftime in the Bengals two-minute offense. Near midfield, he picked up 15 yards out of the slot on a quick screen pass to the flat. The Bengals lined with three receivers to one side and the two outside receivers blocked their men while Boyd took the quick toss and sprinted behind his blockers down the sideline. One play later, Boyd drew a 25-yard pass interference penalty to get the Bengals in field goal range. He lined up in a stack formation to the right and ran a go route down the seam, making a nice effort to work back towards the ball to draw the flag. On third-and-goal, he caught a slant route and was tackled just short of the end zone to set up a chip shot field goal as the first-half ended.
2016 Week 2 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
The rookie was the Bengals most reliable receiver in Week 2. He made tough catches in traffic over the middle of the field. With the Bengals backed up 1st-and-25 near their own end zone, Boyd beat his man down the seam and made a pretty catch for a 29-yard gain. With the Bengals down 24-16 in the final minutes and driving into Steelers territory, Boyd caught a short pass underneath and went down just before James Harrison hit him. The play was ruled a fumble on the field and was surprisingly not overturned on replay despite Boyd's knee being down before the ball popped loose.
2016 Week 3 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Matched up much of the game against arguably the top slot corner in the league, Chris Harris, Boyd had a quiet game. He caught a couple of short passes on 3rd-and-long that didn't move the sticks. The Bengals played far less 3-receiver sets against the Broncos and Boyd played just 36% of the snaps after logging 79% in Week 2.
2016 Week 4 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Boyd's snaps were down for the second straight week. He played just 28 of 76 snaps. He is the clear third receiver in an offense that is playing three or more receivers on well under 50% of the snaps. His only catch was a 3rd-and-long quick screen where he made a man miss and showed some power to push through a second defender to pick up the first down.
2016 Week 5 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
After two weeks of decreased playing time, Boyd was again a big part of the offense. He played 71% of the snaps in Week 5. His first catch was a sliding 20-yard reception after finding a soft spot in the zone. Boyd had one drop on a slant route just outside the red zone. The pass had some heat on it, but it was one that should have been caught, going right through Boyd's hands.
2016 Week 6 vs NE (5 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Boyd played over 50 snaps and had a big impact on the game. He caught a 27-yard pass deep down the middle to the Patriots 10-yard line to set up a Bengals touchdown. Boyd made a spectacular 30-yard grab down the seam against tight man coverage from Logan Ryan. He leaped and extended to pull the ball in and was able to hold on despite Ryan raking at his arms while he pulled the ball into his body and went to the ground.
2016 Week 8 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Boyd was a big part of the Bengals game plan on short passes. The Bengals clearly want to get it into his hands at least a few times per game on quick throws to give Boyd chances to make a play running after the catch. He caught a swing pass and cut it upfield behind a pair of blockers for nine yards. Boyd was open down the middle in overtime for what could have been a long gain deep into Washington territory, but Dalton missed the throw.
2016 Week 10 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Boyd came extremely close to hauling in his first career touchdown pass. He temporarily hauled in a 3rd down pass from Dalton it initially appeared as if he scored a 19-yard touchdown, but as he took a step and dived towards the end zone a hit dislodged the ball and he wasn't able to control it all the way to the ground to complete the catch (even though he had possession as he entered the end zone). Boyd also had a frustrating outcome when he came up just inches shy of a first down on an 11-yard catch and run on third down. He dived for the line to gain but his elbow landed just shy of the marker.
2016 Week 11 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)
With Green injured, Boyd is now the top receiver for the Bengals. While Tyler Eifert may lead the Bengals in targets over the final six games, Boyd should be close behind. He will have a solid weekly floor in PPR leagues but won't have a ton of upside because he is used primarily on quick passes and underneath routes. He is averaging just 10.6 yards per reception, so even if he is able to catch five passes per game, the yardage expectation won't be very high. Boyd and Dalton found a nice rhythm together against the Bills. Boyd was the go-to target on the long touchdown drive after Green was injured, making a pair of key catches. He grabbed his first career touchdown in the second quarter on a rub route. He lined up in the slot and ran an out route while the outside receiver ran a slant that slowed down Boyd's man and created the separation needed for Dalton to drop it into the corner of the end zone to Boyd for the one-yard touchdown. Dalton noted after the game that some plays early were designed to get Boyd the ball but that Boyd earned more looks as the game progressed due to his early success.
2016 Week 12 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Boyd played well and tied for second on the team in targets behind Eifert. He hauled in a pretty diving grab deep down the middle for 20 yards on the opening possession of the game, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. He ran a variety of route from both the slot and lined up outside and was able to get open regularly. He had one drop on a short slant route and Dalton missed him badly on a short wide receiver screen, but otherwise the duo was on the same page and made some plays to keep the chains moving.
2016 Week 13 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Boyd had a solid day. He made a nice back-shoulder catch for 29 yards and had a couple third down receptions to keep the chains moving. He came up just short of a first down in the red zone on another pretty back shoulder catch. With the Bengals jumping out to a huge early lead, the Bengals didn't throw enough fro Boyd to have a big day despite earning the second most targets.
2016 Week 14 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec, 2 / 40 / 0 rush)
Boyd had the best game of his young career and is emerging as the Bengals top receiver down the stretch. The Bengals are asking a lot of the rookie since A.J. Green went down and Boyd has responded positively. He has become the go-to option for Dalton on third downs and Dalton noted after the game that Boyd has been great in those third down situations. The Bengals are also getting creative with ways to get the ball into Boyd's hands and he made big plays as a runner this week.
2016 Week 15 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Boyd had a quiet game with just three targets (which tied for second on the team). The Bengals clearly liked LaFell's matchup outside more than Boyd's and went to the veteran with regularity. With the Bengals jumping out to an early lead, it was a low-volume passing day for the offense and that was a major factor in Boyd's disappointing fantasy game. Boyd's role shouldn't change too drastically with Green's return in Week 16.
2016 Week 16 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Boyd was responsible for the Bengals only turnover of the game. He had the ball go right through his hands on a short crossing route and it bounced straight to the trailing Safety. The pass had a little heat on it, but it shouldn't have been too much of a problem for the normally sure-handed rookie.
2016 Week 17 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Boyd did most of his damage on one first quarter drive. He showed a nice burst taking a reverse for a 15-yard gain. The very next play, he pulled in a 26-yard pass to move the Bengals into the red zone. He lined up in the slot, ran a seam route and the Ravens defense seemed to lose him. He was able to hold on through contact.