Nobody wants to see any professional athlete go down for the season, but injuries to some players make less of an impact than injuries to others. For example, New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Boyce was placed on injured reserve yesterday. It certainly sucks for him to go down, but it is not the end of the world.
Boyce was hardly involved in the offense. He only got playing time when Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins succumbed to injuries. That’s right, the rookie fourth-round pick in Boyce lost out playing time to the undrafted free agent in Thompkins. This certainly does not spell the end of Boyce’s career, but it shows that the Patriots coaches did not have faith in him early on.
One can see why the coaches did not give Boyce much playing time. He did not get a lot of targets when he was out on the field. Some of that was because Boyce would run the wrong route and be out of place while other times Boyce’s ability to go deep would not fit with what Tom Brady wanted to do.
There is no doubt that Boyce has some upside. He ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and has some good elusiveness. The problem is that Josh McDaniels prefers to go with two-wide receiver, two-tight end looks a lot and even thinks that Thompkins is more capable for the No. 3 wide receiver role.
So even though Brady will be without his fastest wide receiver for the playoffs, the show must go on. At this point, Dobson’s health (foot sprain) is more important. It will be interesting to see what Boyce can do next season, though.