The Green Bay Packers are looking to get better in 2014. They won the NFC North title in a tight race and went to the playoffs but are looking to improve. One of the players Packers coach Mike McCarthy thinks can help them succeed is defensive lineman Josh Boyd.
Josh Boyd, a fifth-round draft choice in 2013, logged 114 snaps as both a five-technique and a three-technique plus two more at nose tackle. He played at 305.
“I don’t want Josh to bulk up,” said McCarthy. “I think Josh definitely has the flexibility. He’s shown he can play the nose. He needs to take a huge step, and I think he’ll be one of those players that does in his second year.”
There is an opportunity to cement a place on the Packers’ defensive line for a while with many of the line’s anchors headed towards free agency. Tackle Ryan Pickett, defensive ends B.J. Raji, Wilson and Johnny Jolly are headed for unrestricted free agency. The Packers will likely resign some of them but Boyd could be the future with a big 2014 season.