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Ravens WR Miles Boykin shines under stadium lights

The rookie out of Notre Dame dominates in stadium showing

NFL: Baltimore Ravens-Minicamp Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

With 28,312 fans in attendance, the Ravens first and only stadium practice of the 2019 season featured an exciting performance by rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin.

Though he has shined in these first few days of practice, it doesn’t sound like Boykin is getting full of himself. When asked how much stock he puts into a performance like tonight, he shrugged off the hype.

“Not much,” Boykin said. “We’re still early into camp and we have such a long way to go. Basically, the whole preseason. But each day I work on my craft and try to get better.”

As many have reported, this was the first padded practice for the Ravens and the defense appeared hungry for contact. Boykin was on the receiving end of the ramped-up physicality as safety Tony Jefferson laid a big hit on the rookie. Jefferson commented on the hit to PressBox’s Bo Smolka.

I asked Boykin about this during the open locker room session following tonight’s practice.

“The defense ramped-up today with the physicality once the pads came on,” I asked. “Do you welcome that?”

“Yeah, I mean, cause that’s what the real thing is going to be like,” Boykin said. “That’s the National Football League. Everybody on defense can hit now. It’s not college where you don’t have to worry about safeties. All these safeties [in the NFL] can hit. All these corners can hit.”

Even though safeties in the NFL can hit, I’m not so sure all of them can take down the 6-foot-4, 220 pound wideout with a 4.42u second 40-yard dash.

The next step for the rookie will be participating in his first preseason contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 8 right here at M&T Bank Stadium.