The New England Patriots have not given up on second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce. After being cut by the team on Saturday, the 2013 fourth-round pick was signed to the 10-man practice squad on Monday. The opportunity gives Boyce another chance to prove himself and another chance to contribute to the team.
Boyce was disappointed he didn’t make the final 53-man roster, but he was clearly passed by Kenbrell Thompkins and Brian Tyms on the depth chart. Boyce played in nine games last season, catching nine passes for 121 yards before he suffered a season-ending injury towards the end of the season.
Although it seemed as though Boyce was beginning to progress and contribute just before the injury occurred, he was not able to continue to show that progress in the preseason games. He knows he has to work on his consistency. Boyce told reporters on Monday, “I’ve still got work to do. I’m grateful I’m on the team, so just keep working and see how things go.”
The young receiver also knows he has to keep himself prepared because he may be called on if there is an injury or may be called upon any given week to perform a certain role. He is using his time on the practice squad as an added motivation. He said, “I still can go out there every day and practice hard. We move people up and down from the practice squad every week.”
Boyce joins special teamer Kanorris Davis, defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Deontae Skinner, long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Chris Martin, cornerback Dax Swanson, running back Jonas Gray, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis and quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the 10-man practice squad.