OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Injuries and a lack of opportunities have derailed wide receiver Miles Boykin’s career with the Ravens.
Can the former Notre Dame third-round pick resurrect his career with the Steelers, who claimed him on waivers?
Boykin is a good size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is a physical receiver. He could be a perfect complement to another Steelers wide player, Chase Claypool, who played with Boykin for the Fighting Irish.
Pittsburgh also enjoyed throwing the ball downfield more than the Ravens, but the Steelers will have to play with a new quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger retired. Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph will battle for the starting quarterback position.
Either way, Boykin should have more chances to catch the ball in Pittsburgh with the recent departures of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington, who left via free agency.
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin met Boykin before the 2019 draft, so there’s already some familiarity there.
Last season, Boykin was hampered by an early injury and played mostly on special teams for eight games, totaling a career-high 144 snaps. He managed just one reception for 6 yards on offense.
He had a career-high four touchdown receptions in 2020. Boykin had 33 receptions for 470 yards and seven touchdowns in his three seasons in Baltimore.
Boykin also plays special teams.
The Ravens are bullish on their young wide receiver group and want to give those players more opportunities with quarterback Lamar Jackson.
So he should have a chance to finally show what he can do in Pittsburgh, and the Ravens hope they don’t regret the decision.