Boyd looking to start with Packers
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:00 AM
With a season of professional football under his belt as well as spending much of this year working out under the watchful eyes of the Green Bay Packer coaching staff, former Philadelphia Tornado Josh Boyd is looking to establish himself this year with the NFL club.
"I am working to earn a starting position," said Boyd, a 6-foot-3, 310 pound defensive end. "That is my goal and that is what I am working for."
The Packers concluded off season training sessions a couple of weeks ago. The players will report back to Green Bay for training camp on July 25. The Packers train at St. Norbert College in Green Bay.
In the meantime, Boyd has been traveling between Mississippi State University where he played college football and Philadelphia. He has been training and lifting weights at State, and visiting friends and family at Philadelphia.
"I got a chance to see the new weight room at Philadelphia High School," Boyd said. "I thought it was very impressive. But it has been good to get back and see my friends and family."
He actually got into nine Packer games last year and finished with six tackles. Boyd saw considerable action in the later part of last season. Boyd said his coaches have told him he has an opportunity this year.
"They have told me that it is up to me," Boyd said. "They are looking for me to produce this season."
Boyd was drafted by the Packers as their second fifth round pick of the 2013 drafter. He was the 167th player taken in the draft. While at Mississippi State for four seasons, he had played in 51 games with 41 starts and finished with 125 tackles (45), including 18 tackles for a loss, 8 ½ sacks and a fumble recovery. During his junior and senior seasons, it was noticed that he was often double and triple teamed at the line.
While playing at Philadelphia High School, Boyd earned by all-state and Dandy Dozen Honors. After his senior campaign under Head Coach Teddy Dyess, he was selected to play for the East team in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl Game in San Antonio. He was also rated the No. 12 defensive tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com. He also played in the Mississippi-Alabama High School all-star game.
Playing for the Packers in Green Bay is a special thing. Boyd said that people are nice and come and talk to the players, even if they aren't sure who they are talking to.
"They see that you are big so they think you play for the Packers," Boyd said. "Playing in Green Bay is a special thing."
Boyd said that he lives in a townhouse just out of town.
Boyd was asked to think back at all of the people he played with and against in high school and college who are not playing football anymore, and here he is, a member of the Green Bay Packers.
"Man, that's a lot of people," Boyd said. "It's hard to get to the NFL, and I feel so blessed. Now I am looking forward to getting back to Green Bay and to start preparing for the season."
The Packers open the regular season on Thursday night against the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.
"That's going to be wild," Boyd said. "Last year, we opened in a big game against San Francisco. I look forward to it."
When you see the Packers on television, be watching for Josh Boyd who is wearing No. 93.