It can already be said that rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin practices well. The third-round pick would be a strong candidate for the Ravens’ most valuable player of training camp so far if such an award existed.
That has raised the excitement level surrounding Boykin. Will he make an immediate impact as a consistent rookie target for quarterback Lamar Jackson, like tight end Mark Andrews did last year?
That question will be answered as Boykin continues his journey through his first training camp into the preseason and beyond. Flashing in camp is one thing. Flashing on Sunday afternoons is another.
However, there are early indications that Boykin won’t be overwhelmed.
Veteran teammates are raving about him. On Monday, wide receiver Willie Snead IV compared Boykin to a former teammate, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas has topped 1,100 receiving yards in each of his three NFL seasons and just reportedly agreed to a record-setting $100 million five-year contract extension.
“All Miles wants to do is grow and learn,” Snead said. “I keep telling him every day, I’m like, ‘Dude, you look like Michael Thomas.’ I remember when Michael Thomas came to New Orleans, he was built the same, had the same mentality, just trying to get better every day. That’s his goal right now, to learn as a rookie, to grow as a rookie, and make plays when they come. He’s getting better every day.”