Boyce 'doing pretty good,' ready to step up

Boyce 'doing pretty good,' ready to step up
September 10, 2013, 3:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- Josh Boyce might get bumped up the depth chart.

Leading up to Sunday's season opener against Buffalo, the rookie receiver was listed two spots behind Danny Amendola, but it probably felt like more as special teamer Matthew Slater was the player in between.

Boyce, a fourth-round pick out of Texas Christian, did get targeted twice (zero catches) against the Bills. By comparison, undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins had 14 targets (four receptions) just by virtue of being a different type of receiver.

That distribution may change.

The price of New England's 23-21 road win turned out to be high. Running back Shane Vereen broke a bone in his wrist; Amendola might have torn his right groin; rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld suffered a hamstring injury; running backs Leon Washington and Brandon Bolden were inactive because of a bad thigh and knee, respectively.

If receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring) can't go Thursday night against the Jets, Tom Brady's pool of prospective targets will be about the size of a bottle cap. The quarterback won't have the luxury of gently guiding those receivers along the learning curve.

"He expects you to do the right thing no matter who you are -- any receiver," the rookie said. "He expects you to be where he wants you to be at the right time, so you have to be there."

It's a good thing Boyce is confident.

"I think I’m doing pretty good with it, picking up on where [Brady] wants me to be, timing, things like that," he smiled. "I think I’m doing pretty good."