It took only three plays of full 11-on-11 drills for the second-round pick from Pitt to cause cheers to echo across the practice fields from the approximate 1,350 who watched from bleachers.
Noted for his multi-dimensional play as a receiver, a runner and even an occasional passer in college, Boyd's playmaking ability and dynamism in the open field was heralded throughout the draft process. Even the night he was drafted by the Bengals, receivers coach James Urban praised the myriad ways Boyd was used in Pitt's system and considered him a weapon he and offensive coordinator Ken Zampese could use in a variety of ways.
Friday afternoon, the Bengals used Boyd in one such creative way, allowing the first-year receiver to finish off a reverse pitch from quarterback Andy Dalton by stopping and lobbing a pass deep downfield to fellow receiver Brandon Tate for a touchdown. The "Go" route score came over cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who had completely let Tate get behind him after the fake.
"That's who he is," Urban said of Boyd. "Those are certain things in his wheelhouse that you will be wowed by."
Earlier Friday morning, the Bengals watched film from their 2014 win over the Atlanta Falcons when current Falcon Mohamed Sanu had a similar pass to Tate. The 50-yard, first-quarter completion came as the Falcons bit on a reverse pitch to Sanu, who ran to his right several yards before winding up and delivering a strong throw that hit Tate's hands just as he stretched into a dive along the sideline.
"I go, 'Tyler, can you throw it?'" Urban said, recounting the discussion in the meeting room Friday. "I know you can, but can you?"
Before he signed with Atlanta as a free agent this March, Sanu had gone 5-for-5 for 177 yards and two passing touchdowns in his four seasons with the Bengals. The receiver left with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
Urban said the Bengals ran the play with Boyd in closed practices a couple times this spring. Don't be surprised if they pull it out at some point this season.
Here are a few other observations from the Bengals' first day of camp:
The Bengals may be far from formally announcing who their starting right offensive tackle will be, but Cedric Ogbuehi -- as expected -- appears to have the inside track. Ogbuehi was holding down the first-team reps at that spot during Friday's practice and he occasionally lined up next to fellow tackle Jake Fisher in heavy line formations. That also shouldn't come as a surprise, as Fisher was used regularly in that role as a rookie last season.
PUP-listed (physically unable to perform) receiver James Wright was on a side practice field, running routes with passes thrown by special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. Wearing a brace on his right knee, Wright is trying to get back to form after missing all of 2015 with a knee injury.
Boyd isn't the only young receiver to watch. Jake Kumerow, a 2015 undrafted free agent, caught everything thrown his way. He and Kirkpatrick had several good battles, with Kirkpatrick getting complimented by coaches after a one-on-one matchup that he ultimately lost. Kumerow seemed to be getting his hands and body in places that prevented the defender from swatting the passes away. Definitely keep alert for more on Kumerow.