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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Boyce makes connection with top QBs

By Mike Rodak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When it comes to playing with good quarterbacks, Josh Boyce has pretty good luck.

After catching passes from Robert Griffin III in high school and Andy Dalton at Texas Christian, Boyce will work with Tom Brady after being drafted 102nd overall by the Patriots.

In fact, Boyce and Brady share the same agents, Yee & Dubin Sports.

The two were introduced when Boyce visited New England earlier this spring. The 5-foot-11 pass catcher did not have a private workout with the Patriots, but his intelligence helped catch the Patriots' attention.

"I'm real smart," Boyce said Saturday. "I can pick up things pretty quick. I see a lot of things before they happen. I think my mind is working for me a lot of times."

It also helps that Boyce ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at February's scouting combine. He did it despite recovering from a foot injury, which he said contributed to his decision to enter the draft as a redshirt junior.

"Getting injured, you didn't know what would happen," Boyce said, mentioning he already earned his degree. "So I just came on out."

Boyce said his foot injury is still "day-to-day." It's unclear at this point if he'll be able to fully participate in the upcoming rookie minicamp.

In addition to being college teammates with current Patriots cornerback Malcolm Williams and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, Boyce said he has worked out with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.

Boyce will be just one of many new faces at receiver this season for the Patriots. As such, it will be a wide-open position battle come July.

"I just think I'm an all-around receiver," he said. "Whatever they need me to do I can do."