Rookie Defensive Lineman Josh Boyd of the Green Bay Packers is surely being patient waiting for his turn to contribute should one of his line mates fall by the wayside.
At 6-3 and 310 pounds, Boyd is built for the rigors of defensive line play. Groomed to play both inside and outside on the D-line, but probably will end up eventually inside at DT.
Inactive for all but two games and totaling just 10 defensive snaps (plus three on special teams) thus far this season, he is yet another in a long line of players the Packers always seem to have in the stables, just waiting for their opportunity to get on the field and help their team.
He is described as a physical, hardnosed, blue collar guy with an explosive first step. Sounds like he should right fit in.
With everyone healthy and playing well in front of him, he is listed 8 out of 8 on the DL depth chart, and Jerel Worthy hopeful to be back off the PUP list soon, Boyd’s wait seems as though it will have to be a while longer.
He was chosen in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (167th pick overall) as the Packers lone compensatory pick.
As a senior at Mississippi State, Boyd started all 13 games (41 overall) at defensive tackle. A teammate of Packers offensive lineman Derek Sherrod for two seasons while at MSU; he also played against the likes of fellow rookie, Packers running back Eddie Lacy.
With only Datone Jones, Mike Daniels, Boyd and Worthy being the only returning players on the DL for next season as things stand today, so the role Boyd is playing now – whether he steps on the field or not this season – is an important one in planning for next year.
Whether he is called upon this year or not, with free agency about ready to gut the DL (Raji, Jolly, Pickett, Wilson, Neal), having a big, young strapping defensive tackle in the shadows, waiting his turn, training, learning, watching, is a roster spot well worth occupying.