The Ravens released wide receiver Miles Boykin on Monday, parting ways after a quiet three years in Baltimore.
Boykin, a third-round pick in 2019, was coming off the most disappointing season of his NFL career and had a $2.8 million salary cap hit this year. Releasing Boykin, who was the subject of offseason trade rumors, saves the cap-strapped Ravens about $2.5 million in cap space.
The 6-foot-4 Boykin, the team’s best blocking wide receiver and a special teams standout, showed his promise as a rookie, when he had 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. But he finished with just 266 yards and four touchdowns in 2020, his season marred by communication issues with quarterback Lamar Jackson. His catch rate (57.6%) was the lowest of any Ravens player with at least 10 receptions.
“I’m harder on myself than anybody else can be, so when I make a mistake, I understand,” Boykin told The Baltimore Sun in October 2020. “I’m not going to make excuses about it. I’m not going to jump around. I understand that I made a mistake and I’ve got to get it corrected.”
Boykin struggled early in training camp last year and opened the season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He didn’t make his season debut until Week 5 and saw limited offensive snaps over the next four weeks. A finger injury sidelined Boykin from Week 11 to Week 14. He ended the season with one catch for 6 yards, both career lows.
Boykin’s release leaves the Ravens with just one rotational wide receiver taller than 6 feet: the 6-1 Rashod Bateman. It also leaves another blotch on general manager Eric DeCosta’s first draft in Baltimore. Wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is the team’s only projected starter from the 2019 class, which also featured outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson (third round), running back Justice Hill (fourth), guard Ben Powers (fourth) and cornerback Iman Marshall (fourth).
4 Ravens re-sign
The Ravens also announced the signing of four exclusive-rights free agents Monday: quarterback Tyler Huntley, center Trystan Colon, inside linebacker Kristian Welch and long snapper Nick Moore.
Huntley, who’s entering his third year in Baltimore, like the three other signings, started four games in place of Jackson last season, going 1-3. He completed 64.9% of his passes for 1,081 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He also added 47 carries for 294 yards and two touchdowns.
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Colon, who played 12 games last year, starting one, is expected to back up Patrick Mekari at center. Welch has developed into a solid special teams player and could contend for more snaps on defense this year, while Moore capably replaced Morgan Cox in his first season as the Ravens’ starting long snapper.
Bob Eller retires
Ravens senior vice president of operations Bob Eller is retiring after 38 years in the NFL, the team announced Monday. Eller, who will retire June 1, has spent 35 years with the Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
Eller, a Baltimore native and Towson graduate, began working for Cleveland in 1987. When the team moved to Baltimore, he facilitated many of the start-up functions for the Ravens.
Since the Ravens’ inception, he has directed the day-to-day operations of the team. He’s also overseen team travel and catering for the players, coaches and staff. Eller also worked in the Browns and Ravens’ public-relations departments.
Eller’s career began as an intern for the Baltimore Colts in 1983. The team then moved to Indianapolis, and he joined it and was promoted to director of public relations. He moved to Cleveland in 1987 to become the Browns’ assistant PR director.
“Bob is an ‘original Raven’ who has made a significant and long-lasting impact on our franchise,” team president Sashi Brown said in a release. “His contributions to our organization and the NFL are immense. We are grateful for his leadership, vision, hard work and dedication in helping the Ravens succeed.”
Associated Press contributed to this article.