Josh Boyd
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Boyd with the Packers in 2015
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1989-08-03) August 3, 1989 (age 31)
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Philadelphia (MS)
College:Mississippi State
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 167
Career history
* Green Bay Packers ( 2013 2015)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Player stats at

Josh Boyd (born August 3, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State.[1]

Early years

Boyd was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended Philadelphia High School in Mississippi.[2] He lettered in both basketball, and football.[2] During his junior year, he registered 154 tackles (27 for loss), and eight sacks.[2] He also blocked two field goals and extra points. His performance earned him first-team all-state honors by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and second-team all-state in all other classifications.[2][3] His success continued into his senior year, as he had 112 tackles, seven sacks, three fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick. His performance led to more honors including being selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[3][4]

College career

Boyd was ranked as the fifteenth best defensive tackle in the country, and the sixth best player in the state by[5] He received scholarships from a number of schools including Auburn, Miami, Florida State, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi, and Tennessee.[5] He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.85 seconds, benched 365 pounds, squatted 500 pounds, and had a 2.5 GPA.[5]

Boyd ultimately signed his letter of intent to become a Mississippi State Bulldog.[5] He played in all 12 games during his first year on the team and started three of them.[3] During his first game, against Jackson State, he had two tackles.[2] He had his season high in tackles against Georgia Tech.[2]

During his sophomore year, Boyd started every game at defensive tackle.[3] During a Southeastern Conference battle against the Kentucky Wildcats, he had five tackles (2.5 for loss) and one and a half sacks.[3] He finished the season with 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the year.[2]

The next year Boyd played in all 13 games with the Bulldogs and started every game but one of them. During the season opener against Memphis he had his first sack of the season.[2] He continued on against LSU where he had seven tackles, two of which were solo. He finished the season with a career-high 51 tackles (14 solo), eight tackles for a loss, and 4.5 sacks.

Going into his final year with the team, Boyd was named a second-team preseason All-American by Athlon Sports.[6] He was also on the watchlist for the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman each year.[7] In another SEC conference clash, Boyd registered his first fumble recovery in his career.[2] Later that year, during a game against Texas A&M, he blocked a 33-yard field goal on the final play on the first half.[2] He finished the final year of his college career with 33 tackles and 1.5 sacks.[2]

Professional career

Boyd was projected to be fifth to sixth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was said to have good body fluidity to redirect his momentum and quick feet capable of making plays at the line of scrimmage.[8] However, he was also said to be underdeveloped in the pass rush and quickly neutralized if his first move did not succeed.[8]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in 310 lb 5.14 s 1.71 s 2.89 s 4.64 s 7.16 s 26.50 in 8 ft 8 in 32 rep 14[9]

Green Bay Packers

Boyd was selected by the Green Bay packers with a compensatory fifth round pick (167th overall).[10] In 2014, Boyd received playing time after BJ Raji had a torn biceps injury.[11] In 2015, Boyd exited Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering a ankle injury.[12] He was placed on injured reserve and missed most of the season.[13][14] On May 9, 2016, Boyd was released by the Packers.[15]

Indianapolis Colts

On May 12, 2017, Boyd signed with the Indianapolis Colts.[16] On September 2, 2017, Boyd was released by the Colts.[17]



Regular season

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2013 Green Bay Packers 9 0 6 5 1 0 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 15 4 22 10 12 0 0
2015 Green Bay Packers 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
Total 26 4 29 16 13 0 0


Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2013 Green Bay Packers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 2 1 3 1 2 0 0
Total 3 1 3 1 2 0 0


  1. Locke, Brad (April 28, 2013). "Packers select DT Boyd". Djournal. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 "Green Bay Packers: Josh Boyd". Green Bay Packers.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Josh Boyd- Mississippi State". Mississippi State University.
  4. "U.S. Army All-American Bowl". Rosters. January 3, 2009.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Josh Boyd". Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  6. Lasson, Steven (June 20, 2012). "SEC Football: 2012 All-Conference Team". Athlon Sports. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  7. "Gabe Jackson And Josh Boyd Named To Outland Trophy Watch List". Mississippi State. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Brugler, Dane. "Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State". CBS. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  9. "2013 Green Bay Packers draft picks". April 27, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  10. Western, Tex (April 27, 2013). "NFL Draft Results: Packers Pick Josh Boyd in Fifth Round". Acme Packers. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  15. "Packers sign T Jason Spriggs; announce roster moves". May 9, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  16. "Roster Move: Colts Sign Free Agent DT Josh Boyd". May 12, 2017.
  17. Walker, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Colts Announce Final 2017 Roster Cuts".
  18. Statistics

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