The Steelers have claimed former Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin off waivers, according to a report by Matt Garafolo of NFL Network.
Boykin was a third-round of the Ravens in 2019, where he was selected with the 93rd overall selection. In his three seasons with Baltimore, Boykin has put up 470 yards on 33 receptions for 7 touchdowns. In 2021, Boykin only played in 8 games due to a number of injuries. He played in all 16 games in the previous two seasons.
Coming from Notre Dame, Boykin will be joining a former teammate in Pittsburgh in wide receiver Chase Claypool. The pair played together for three seasons in South Bend. While playing for the Fighting Irish, Boykin put up 1,206 receiving yards for 11 touchdowns. His best season was in 2018, where he would reel in 59 receptions for 872 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Steelers showed plenty of interest in Boykin in the 2019 pre-draft process. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert attended his pro day, and Boykin was brought to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft visit as well. So, the Steelers were enamored by Boykin in a lot of ways during that process. As such, he lands in Pittsburgh three years later.
His combine testing is one of the many reasons the Steelers likely had an interest in Boykin. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Boykin ran a 4.42 40-yard dash. His explosiveness was off the charts with a 43 1/2 inch vertical and an 11-foot-6 broad jump. The agilities were not too shabby either, as Boykin put up 4.07 seconds in the short shuttle, and 6.77 seconds in the 3-cone drill.
The Ravens surprisingly cut Boykin, but he was never able to get anything going during his time in Baltimore. Now, he will come to Pittsburgh with a second chance. Expect to see Boykin play on the outside, likely at the Z-receiver position. He could see some time flexed into the slot as well.