The player who made us forget about the loss of Tyler Boyd is returning in peak form for next season’s round of football games. rsSR WR Jester Weah closed the door rather firmly on the question of who was going to be able to replace Boyd with his superb 2016 season. Boyd’s early departure worried us fans – it didn’t seem to bother Weah one bit.
Granted Boyd missed the first game in 2015 for disciplinary reasons then had a sub-par season (for him) afterward and but within a few games last year we were completely satisfied that our receiving corp was indeed better suited for a new OC’s offense than the previous year.
Right before last season’s fall camp I had written that I personally didn’t think we’d miss Tyler Boyd much at all in the ’16 season because he just hadn’t been productive as he had in the past in 2015. Chris Peak alluded to my saying that as “totally ridiculous“. “Hah“, I say. (Chris is 99% right on the money usually but I think I was correct in this one).
Boyd had a lot of receptions but his yards per catch average dropped to only 10.2 in ’15 and with that he had only six TDs. We saw a true football example of the ‘elephant in the room’ disappearing when he left us and thus Peterman had more receivers to use as primary targets… even in the fewer attempts he had passing.
Part of that reliance on Boyd was the fact that old OC Jim Chaney was joined at the hip to him. He wanted him to be the primary, secondary and tertiary targets on almost every pass play. Matt Canada came in and didn’t have that problem, if that isn’t too strong a word for it.