Miles Boykin’s time with the Baltimore Ravens is apparently over.
The 2019 third-round pick learned he was getting released Monday – after three underwhelming years on the team.
With his rare combination of size, weight and speed, the 6’4″ Boykin put up a 4.42 40 yard-dash in 2019 on the way to his day two selection by the team but his impressive traits never translated to the field.
Boykin’s best year included 13 starts in 2020 that saw him log 19 catches, 266 yards and four touchdowns.
At just 25 years old, he appeared in eight games last season and had one catch, playing mostly on special teams.
Fellow 2019 pick, Marquise Brown has become a star on the team, logging his first 1,000 yard season in 2021.
Boykin’s struggles as a receiver don’t mean he won’t find another home in the league.
Over his career, few receivers have been better blockers.
Between 2019 and 2021, Boykin earned a 77.2 Pro Football Focus blocking grade, third in the NFL behind Cooper Kupp and Sammy Watkins.That could help the young WR find a spot as a depth piece on another roster.
Top run blocking WRs by PFF run block grade, 2019-2021, min. 500 run blocks1. Sammy Watkins – 85.7 👀2, Cooper Kupp – 81.13. Miles Boykin – 77.24. Julio Jones – 75.15. Allen Lazard – 74.5 👀— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) April 14, 2022
Top run blocking WRs by PFF run block grade, 2019-2021, min. 500 run blocks1. Sammy Watkins – 85.7 👀2, Cooper Kupp – 81.13. Miles Boykin – 77.24. Julio Jones – 75.15. Allen Lazard – 74.5 👀
A growing number of teams are placing a bigger emphasis on lining the offensive side of the ball with accomplished blockers to gain bigger run-game chunk plays. “West Coast offense” teams like the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins all place a big emphasis on finding wideouts who can block.
Boykin has been one of the Raven’s best special teams players – and at a team-friendly price will likely find a home elsewhere to serve in that role.