clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Tyler Boyd talks about Combine conversation with Bengals, potential of playing with Adam Jones

New, comments

With the Bengals in need of a new pass-catcher, Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd is someone to watch for.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft will be here in three weeks, and the Bengals are still in the market for a wide receiver in the early rounds.

A name to keep an eye on in Round 2 may be Pittsburgh Panthers star wide receiver Tyler Boyd. One of the biggest receiving stars of the past three years, Boyd joined Pitt in 2013 as a four-star recruit and made an immediate impact for the Panthers. He caught 85 passes for 1,174 yards with seven touchdowns during his freshman season.

Boyd followed that up with 78 receptions for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns while his 27.6-yard kickoff return average ranked 10th in the NCAA in 2014. While 2015 was his chance to become a real star and first-round NFL prospect, Boyd got off to a rough start after he was suspended for the first game in 2015 against Youngstown State after a DUI charge from an offseason arrest.

Boyd still finished with a career-high 91 catches this past season, but only for 926 yards and six scores. Pitt didn't have much of a passing game though as they were geared more towards the run, which helped lead to Boyd's drop in production.

Still, he's viewed as one of the top receiver prospects in this draft, though not someone expected to go in Round 1. Some still think he's a first-round talent, but I doubt the Bengals take him with the 24th pick.

Speaking of, Boyd brought up the Bengals during an interview with TribLIVE Radio on Tuesday. Cincinnati came up when Boyd was asked about the Scouting Combine and some of the interesting questions asked during interviews.

Boyd mentioned the only out of the ordinary question he was asked was by the Bengals who asked him Civil War-related questions during a formal interview. It was related to specific battles that were part of that war, but Boyd admitted he didn't know which battle was the answer to the team's question.

Later in the interview, Boyd was asked about what he thought about the potential of playing with guys like Adam Jones and Vontaze Burfict, two Bengals who are hated by the Steelers and their fans. Boyd gave a good answer that shouldn't anger any Bengals or Steelers fans.

"I would feel exactly like I was in the Civil War, because those guys are warriors and guys will help me get better and excel my talents in every area. Besides that, I know I'll probably be hated in Pittsburgh because that's their rival. But hopefully I keep the same support."

Listen to the full interview here; Boyd starts talking about the Bengals around the 8 minute and 20 second mark.