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Countdown to Week 1: No. 80, WR Miles Boykin

A hidden talent among the many athletes in Baltimore

Divisional Round - Tennessee Titans v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

The second-year wide receiver out of Notre Dame has arrived. Day 80: WR Miles Boykin.

How Boykin Became a Raven

The front office for the Ravens knew the best way to support their newly-established quarterback, Lamar Jackson, was to supply him with weapons in the running and passing game. They did so in 2019, by selecting Miles Boykin in the third round (No. 93 overall).

Career as a Raven

Boykin played in all 16 games during his rookie season, starting in 11 of the contests. With the Ravens run-heavy attack combined with Jackson’s chemistry with WR Marquise Brown and TE Mark Andrews, Boykin saw few targets in 2019. However, the big-bodied receiver made the most of them, scoring on three of his 13 receptions and averaging over 15 yards per reception.

Miles Boykin career stats

Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Player Games Played Receptions Yards YPG TD First Downs
Miles Boykin 16 13 198 12.4 3 10

Rookie Highlights

Contract info

Boykin’s still on his rookie contract, which extends through 2022. The deal amounts to a $3.5 million over four years. In 2020, his cap number is less than $1 million.

Outlook for 2020

While his 2019 stats don’t scream big production, I’m confident in Boykin doubling last seasons’ totals. He’s an NFL-caliber receiver who was requested to block and be the third or fourth option on passing plays. Jackson only attempted 401 attempts in his 15 games and that left Boykin to claw his way to gain attention, build chemistry and experience.

During a Zoom press conference in May, Boykin said he is able to play faster now than last year because he’s more understanding of coverages and understanding where to go and the best moves to get there.

I expect Boykin to be more involved in 2020, even though both Hollywood and Andrews are the main cogs in the passing game.