Miles Boykin had some highs and lows in his first NFL action.
The rookie third-round pick from Notre Dame had a couple of early drops but wound up leading the team with four catches for 39 yards against Jacksonville. He also had a 17-yard touchdown reception from fellow rookie Trace McSorley nullified because of an offensive holding penalty.
Boykin was his own harshest critic after the game.
"Personally, I’ve got to be better," Boykin said. "I’ve got to go out there and have better games," Boykin said. "I’ve got to make a couple plays. Obviously, as a receiver, it happens. You’re going to drop some balls. You would rather it not happen at all. You’re going to be defined by what you do on your next snap, not the snap before that. For me, it was just going out there. The coaches have faith in me. The quarterbacks have faith in me. They keep throwing me the ball. So, hopefully, I was able to make some plays later on in the game.”
Boykin is having one of the best training camps among all of the receivers. He has earned the trust of coach John Harbaugh, who has been impressed by his resiliency.
Boykin still has an opportunity to win a starting job heading into the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
"Boykin made a lot of plays – he had one called back," Harbaugh said. "For the young guys, to take it to the next level, to take it to the next situation … Before, when there’s a next game, or a road game, or another tough game, that’s attached.”