Packers Release Josh Boyd

The veteran defensive lineman missed most of 2015 with an ankle injury. 

The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of their second round pick this afternoon, along with a flurry of other moves throughout the roster, including the release of a former 5th round draft choice, defensive lineman Josh Boyd. 

From the team:

The Green Bay Packers signed T Jason Spriggs and TE Casey Pierce and rookie free agents DT Demetris Anderson, RB Brandon Burks, FB Alstevis Squirewell and G Cory Tucker and released DT Josh Boyd, DT William Campbell, TE David Grinnage, WR Dennis Parks and T Jeremy Vujnovich. The transactions were announced Monday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

Boyd, originally the first of two choices by the Packers in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, played in 26 games with four starts over three seasons with Green Bay.

Boyd was rolled up on in the 2015 Week 2 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. It's a shame to see his time in Green Bay come to an end. At one time he showed some promise as a rotational player along the Packers' defensive line. 

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Bearmeat's picture

May 10, 2016 at 06:32 am

HA. I don't know what drugs you started taking a few weeks ago, but stay on them please.

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gr7070's picture

May 09, 2016 at 07:39 pm

Meh.
Replacement level player, whose little upside has been dispelled.

I wish him well, but all he would do is take away reps and coaching time from someone with potential upside.

The hidden message: run defense matters far less than most believe.

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Oppy's picture

May 09, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Or, the hidden message: After 3 days of rookie camp, both Kenny Clark and Christian Ringo look better than Boyd ever did.

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dobber's picture

May 10, 2016 at 05:21 am

I think the timing makes this a somewhat likely, and positive, spin on this move.

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ray nichkee's picture

May 09, 2016 at 08:48 pm

First the pastor of disastor now boyd? What the hell is going on here?

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4thand1's picture

May 09, 2016 at 09:07 pm

Who is the pastor of disastor?

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ray nichkee's picture

May 09, 2016 at 09:51 pm

Ray drew, defensive end. Big splash free agent signing 2016. Got the axe before the draft.

Honestly i don't know much about him but i wish him luck. I think it was a college nick name.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

May 09, 2016 at 09:30 pm

I can't say that I'm surprised, but it must suck to not be able to prove yourself after such an ugly injury.

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dobber's picture

May 10, 2016 at 05:20 am

It could be that he's showing that he's not likely to make it back...

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Rossonero's picture

May 09, 2016 at 09:35 pm

Perhaps the Packers know something about his ankle that we don't. Then again, if they knew, why wouldn't they have drafted two DTs?

Personally, Boyd had value as a rotational player. He never was going to be a Pro Bowler, but you could see that he could at least play at the NFL level.

So now Raji and Boyd are gone and Pennell is suspended the first 4 games. The D-Line is very thin.

We also have a rookie DT with a lot of potential, but is only 20 and still has plenty of learning to do. And we play Minnesota in week 2 in Minnesota. If I'm them, I'm running it right up the middle with AP. Ugh... I hope Guion and maybe Ringo can step up.

I'm not looking forward to our run defense without Clay plugging the middle unless Barrington and Ryan/Martinez can do so.

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Packer_Pete's picture

May 10, 2016 at 07:30 am

Clark, Guion, Daniels, Ringo, Lowry, Jones, Peppers in sub packages. Doesn't look that thin to me. Pennel after 4 games is back also...
At the same time, the timing is a little weird. Not sure keeping undrafted rookies over Boyd at this stage. But then again, I don't know anything about potential lingering health issues, or how he looks now even if he was healthy...

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Mojo's picture

May 10, 2016 at 12:06 am

A little surprised, but I think they really like Ringo.

FA Price looks a lot bigger than Clark. Maybe they liked what they saw at rookie camp. Think one of the new fat guys makes the roster or at least the PS.

Spriggs made Vujnovich expendable.

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Evan's picture

May 10, 2016 at 06:49 am

NO ONE "really likes" Ringo!

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Mojo's picture

May 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

You're right, I should have said they "kinda-sorta" like Ringo. The article below and others suggest the Packers have an interest in him, but what do I know.

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/christian-ringo-making-a-name-for...

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Evan's picture

May 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

I was making a Beatles joke...

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ray nichkee's picture

May 10, 2016 at 11:36 am

I'm not sure about the packers ringo but the other one sucks hind tit living off the talents of the others.

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Mojo's picture

May 10, 2016 at 01:42 pm

Sorry Evan - I was ruminating about the meaning of goo goo g'joob to get the reference.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 10, 2016 at 12:37 am

Boyd is a surprise. He cost $36,140 to cut. We have Daniels, Clark, Guion, Lowry, Ringo, Pennel and Datone. Only 4 with NFL experience, and one of them is moving to OLB and a second is suspended for the first 4 games.

Also surprised NT Williams was cut.

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tm_inter's picture

May 10, 2016 at 03:47 am

The Packers still have a lot of guys competing for places on the defensive line. Besides Clark and Lowry, there are 3 new guys to choose from:

1. #90 Tyler Kuder, 6-3, 310
2. #96 Brian Price, 6-3, 325
3. #60 Demetris Anderson, 6-1, 312

And there's Christian Ringo who's not so new, but has to compete with the 3 new guys for 1-2 places on the defensive line.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 10, 2016 at 06:17 am

Is any of that supposed to be reassuring?

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Crackerpacker's picture

May 10, 2016 at 03:48 am

Slightly disappointed Goodson isn't on this list, maybe next time.

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croatpackfan's picture

May 10, 2016 at 04:11 am

Josh Boyd didn't pass the physical, It takes a long time for a broken ankle to heal properly

That is why Ty Montgomery isn't ready yet!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 10, 2016 at 05:52 am

Correct. The release had an injury designation associated with it, per rotoworld.

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 10, 2016 at 06:37 am

I'm not surprised at this move. I am a bit surprised at this move this early. I figured he would go through training camp and preseason first.

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Razer's picture

May 10, 2016 at 07:00 am

I doubt they move Datone Jones to OLB. He is even less mobile than Mike Neal. Still, we are thin on the D-line .

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marpag1's picture

May 10, 2016 at 02:46 pm

The Packers have already said that they will move him to OLB, although he will still slide inside on some obvious passing downs. In fact already last year, Jones played almost twice as many snaps in the elephant position as he did at DE. To my eye, at least, he looks more productive as an elephant, which admittedly isn't saying very much.

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phillythedane's picture

May 10, 2016 at 11:48 am

I could be way off, but there is something about that Lowry kid that says "relentless, one-man wrecking crew." Give him two or three years to be like Mike (Daniels).

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John Galt III's picture

May 10, 2016 at 02:06 pm

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Oppy's picture

May 10, 2016 at 04:01 pm

I don't think the line is thin, especially when you consider Perry and Peppers, perhaps Neal (if they bring him back, albeit unlikely) are all large or physical enough to play on the edge with a hand in the dirt if need be,

Also, even you consider DT thin through the first for weeks, keep in mind that the Packers have large enough OLBs and ILBs that playing 1-5-5 (with the high motor Daniels) or 2-4-5 (with the bigger bodies) fronts is a real possibility even on the first two downs if they feel they need to rotate DL to keep them fresh.

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