Tyler Boyd (American football)

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Tyler Boyd
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Boyd with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020
No. 83 – Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-15) November 15, 1994 (age 27)
Clairton, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Clairton (PA)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receiving yards:4,571
Receiving touchdowns:24
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Tyler Alexander Boyd (born November 15, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Early years[edit]

Boyd attended Clairton High School in Clairton, Pennsylvania, where he finished his high school football career ranking among the most productive performers in Western Pennsylvania history.[1] He set a WPIAL record with 117 career touchdowns and finished as the fifth-leading rusher in WPIAL annals with 5,755 yards. He played diverse roles (running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back, and punt returner) for Clairton, which went 48–0 in his three years as a starter and 63–1 (.984) in his four varsity seasons and won four WPIAL and four PIAA Class A titles. As a senior, Boyd rushed for 2,584 yards and 43 touchdowns, had 295 yards receiving on just 13 catches and led the WPIAL in scoring with 51 total touchdowns and 345 points. Boyd was selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic (Western Pennsylvania vs. Eastern Ohio) and was named the game's MVP after accounting for five touchdowns (91-yard kick return, 68-yard halfback option pass, four-yard run and scoring catches of 16 and five yards). Boyd also played basketball at Clairton, helping lead the Bears to the WPIAL Class A title game and the PIAA playoffs as a senior, and was a baseball letterman as well.

Following his senior season, Boyd was selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome, where he announced his decision to attend the University of Pittsburgh during NBC's live telecast. He was named to the Rivals 250 (No. 103) and ESPN 300 (No. 165) national prospect lists. He was rated as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and No. 8 by Scout.com, as well as the nation's No. 12 wide receiver according to both.

College career[edit]

Freshman season (2013)[edit]

Tyler Boyd (American football) 2013.jpg

In 2013 as a true freshman, Boyd was the nation's most productive freshman receiver, setting Pitt freshman records for receptions with 85 and receiving yards with 1,174,[2] both of which were previously held by Larry Fitzgerald (who had 69 catches for 1,005 yards in 2002). He had five 100-yard receiving games, topping Fitzgerald's freshman school-record total of four, and also set the ACC record for receptions as a freshman, topping the mark held by Clemson's Sammy Watkins (82 catches in 2011).

Boyd was named ACC Rookie of the Week, 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week, and Athlon Sports National Co-Freshman of the Week for his performance in Pitt's 58–55 win at Duke, where he had eight catches for 154 yards (19.3 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns. In a 49–27 win against New Mexico, he compiled 134 receiving yards on six catches (22.3 avg.), including a dazzling 34-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone on the final play of the first half; he also rushed for a 33-yard score against the Lobos, earning ACC Receiver of the Week and 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week honors for his performance. Boyd was known for making several highlight reel plays because of his hands and awareness for the sideline that helped him being selected All-ACC by the league's media (second team) and coaches (third team) as well as a Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports, CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Phil Steele, Sporting News, 247Sports, and ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year. Boyd capped the 2013 season with a magnificent performance in the 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, compiling 242 all-purpose yards to help the Panthers defeat Bowling Green, 30–27; he had eight catches for a career-high 173 yards (21.6 avg.) and added a spectacular 54-yard punt return for a touchdown in the bowl victory. Boyd's receiving yardage against the Falcons set a Pitt bowl record, surpassing the 36-year-old mark of 163 set by Gordon Jones in the 1977 Gator Bowl against Clemson, while his punt return touchdown was Pitt's first since Darrelle Revis had a 73-yarder against West Virginia in 2006.[3] Boyd's postseason performance earned him USA TODAY All-Bowl Team recognition.

Sophomore season (2014)[edit]

In his second year at Pitt, Boyd made an impact as a wide receiver and return man. He finished the season with 78 catches for 1,261 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Boyd's 78 catches rank third on Pitt's single-season list, while his 1,261 receiving yards rank fourth. He totaled six 100-yard receiving games on the year, ranked second in the ACC and 17th nationally with an average of 97.0 receiving yards per game and third in the ACC and 32nd nationally with an average of 6.0 receptions per game. As a return specialist, he led the ACC and ranked 10th nationally with a 27.6-yard kickoff return average (16 for 442 yards) and ranked second in the ACC and 21st nationally with a 10.1-yard punt return average (16 for 162 yards). He also ranked second in the ACC and 14th nationally in all-purpose yards per game with 148.3.

Boyd had a season-high 10 receptions for 153 yards (15.3 avg.) against Iowa; with his performance, Boyd went over 100 career receptions, tying Larry Fitzgerald for fewest games needed to reach the century milestone for catches at Pitt (17 contests). He posted a season-high 160 receiving yards (second highest in his career) on five catches (32.0 avg.) with a 50-yard touchdown at North Carolina. Boyd received ACC Receiver of the Week honors for his outstanding performance in Pitt's 30–7 win over Syracuse, where he had seven receptions for 126 yards (18.0 avg.) against the Orange, including a 49-yard catch-and-run touchdown. He was honored as the ACC Specialist of the Week after compiling 262 all-purpose yards in a 35–23 win at Miami (FL) on November 29; in that game, Boyd totaled 190 yards on six kick returns (31.7 avg.) and added five receptions for 72 yards (14.4 avg.) with a 12-yard touchdown catch.

Junior season (2015)[edit]

College statistics[edit]

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Pittsburgh Panthers
Season Receiving Rushing
Rec Yards Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
2013 85 1,174 13.8 7 11 108 9.8 1
2014 78 1,261 16.2 8 12 63 5.3 0
2015 85 926 10.3 6 35 294 8.4 0
Career 248 3,361 13.3 21 58 465 8.0 1

Professional career[edit]

Coming out of college, Boyd was projected to be a second round draft pick by the majority of NFL Draft analysts. He was ranked the fifth best wide receiver out of 414 available by NFLDraftScouts.com.[4]

External video
video icon Boyd runs the 40 at the NFL Combine
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+12 in
(1.87 m)
197 lb
(89 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.58 s 1.59 s 2.66 s 4.35 s 6.90 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Boyd in the second round with the 55th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[6]

On May 16, 2016, the Bengals signed Boyd to a four-year, $4.25 million contract that includes $1.94 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.29 million.[7]


Boyd entered the regular season as the third receiver on the depth chart behind veterans A. J. Green and Brandon LaFell.[8] In the season opener against the New York Jets, he caught two passes from Andy Dalton for 24 yards.[9] The following week, during a 16–24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he made six receptions for 78 receiving yards.[10] In Week 6, against the New England Patriots, Boyd recorded a career-high 79 yards on four receptions.[11] On November 20, 2016, Boyd made six receptions for 54 receiving yards and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Dalton for his first career touchdown in a 16–12 loss to the Buffalo Bills.[12][13] He finished his rookie season with 54 receptions for 603 receiving yards and one touchdown.[14]


In his first four games in the 2017 season, Boyd totaled six receptions for 43 yards. Against the Buffalo Bills, he suffered a knee injury and was forced to miss four games.[15] In Week 12, against the Cleveland Browns, he had his first receiving touchdown of the season.[16] In Week 17, Boyd caught his third career touchdown on 4th and 12 with 53 seconds, giving the Bengals a 31–27 lead over the Baltimore Ravens. That score would end up being the winning score, as the Bengals eliminated the Ravens from playoff contention for the 2017 season, and allowed the Buffalo Bills to clinch their first playoff berth since 1999.[17]


In Week 2 of the 2018 season, Boyd recorded six receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens.[18] In Week 3, he had six receptions for 132 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.[19] He recorded another great outing in the next game against the Atlanta Falcons with 11 receptions for 100 receiving yards in the 37–36 victory.[20] In Week 6, he recorded seven receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[21] He suffered an MCL sprain in Week 15 and was placed on injured reserve on December 28, 2018.[22] He finished his breakout season as the Bengals leading receiver with 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns.[23][24]


Boyd playing against the Cleveland Browns in 2019.

On July 23, 2019, Boyd signed a four-year, $43 million contract extension with the Bengals, keeping him under contract through the 2023 season.[25] In Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, Boyd caught 10 passes for 122 yards as the Bengals lost 41–17.[26] In Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals, Boyd caught ten passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the 26–23 loss.[27] In Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Boyd caught five passes for 101 yards and a 47-yard touchdown in the 16–10 loss.[28] During Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins, Boyd finished with nine catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals lost 35–38 in overtime.[29] Overall, Boyd finished the 2019 season with 90 receptions for 1,046 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.[30]


In Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, Boyd caught seven passes for 72 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season during the 35–30 loss.[31] He had ten receptions for 125 yards in a Week 3 tie against the Philadelphia Eagles.[32] In Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns, Boyd recorded 11 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown during the 37–34 loss.[33] In Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, Boyd had one reception for a 72 yard touchdown. However, Boyd was ejected in the 2nd quarter after he and cornerback Xavien Howard got into an altercation.[34]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 CIN 16 2 54 603 11.2 30 1 4 58 14.5 39 0 1 1
2017 CIN 10 1 22 225 10.2 49T 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 CIN 14 14 76 1,028 13.5 49 7 2 3 1.5 5 0 0 0
2019 CIN 16 15 90 1,046 11.6 47 5 4 23 5.8 10 0 2 2
2020 CIN 15 8 79 841 10.6 72 4 5 49 9.8 25 0 1 0
2021 CIN 16 10 67 828 12.4 68 5 2 22 11.0 14 0 1 0
Total 87 50 388 4,571 11.6 72 24 17 155 9.1 39 0 5 3


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