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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd "won't post the same numbers Larry Fitzgerald did while at Pitt, but his talent is in Fitzgerald's zip code."

"Boyd can go up and compete for the the 50/50 throws as well as anyone out there, but he needs to show maturity and leadership qualities," wrote Zierlein. While the draft expert didn't explicitly mention Boyd's mid-June DUI arrest, it's likely what he means when he writes that he wants to see more maturity from the 6-foot-2, 190-pound star. On the level of talent, there are no questions. Zierlein's fellow NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah labeled him the "most complete wide receiver in the country" due to his ability to run smooth routes and make things happen after the catch. He caught 78 balls for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 29 - 5:31 PM

Pittsburgh HC indicated that he wanted to get senior TE J.P. Holtz more involved in the offense this season.

"I think we’ve got to throw to him a little bit more," said Narduzzi of team captain Holtz. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior has mostly served as a blocking tight end during his tenure with the Panthers, though he did catch 21 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns last season. The four touchdowns were a career-best.
Aug 28 - 3:42 PM

Pitt junior RB Rachid Ibrahim will miss the season after tearing his achilles.

The outlook for Ibrahim was a pass catching/complementary piece to workhorse James Conner. Conner has lost weight this offseason in the hopes of gaining explosion, and NFL evaluators would like to see his success on passing downs. Ibrahim will likely return next year.
Aug 26 - 10:54 AM

Pitt redshirt junior WR Dontez Ford is expected to start opposite Tyler Boyd this season.

The Panthers will be without Boyd for the opener due to suspension. Ford, a Syracuse transfer, started three games last season and only caught three passes for 50 yards.
Source: Trib Live
Aug 20 - 12:03 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd said his DUI was a "real dumb mistake."

The incident got him suspended for the opener. "We're always going to make mistakes," Boyd said. "One thing I strive for and the people around me always keep in my head, you never make the same mistake twice." He's on 12 months' probation. "You only get 12 opportunities and every one is precious," coach Pat Narduzzi said. "To miss a game, that's all we need to talk about. We're on to the season."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 10:18 PM

Pittsburgh junior OT Dorian Johnson "is a dominant mauler who annihilates defenders at the point of attack," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He drives opponents off the ball and opens up the running lanes," Pauline wrote. "Johnson is not a natural knee bender and shows some stiffness in his game but still offers starting potential on Sunday’s." The analyst graded him as a Rd. 4 prospect.
Aug 9 - 1:06 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt sophomore T Jaryd Jones-Smith "could end up the best of [Pittsburgh's offensive lineman prospects] as he’s big, dominant and athletic," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Unfortunately, Jones-Smith will miss the season due to a right knee injury sustained during conditioning activities. "He really stood out on a rotational basis in 2014 and comes with great upside," Pauline wrote. Pauline gave Jones-Smith a fourth-round grade before his injury.
Aug 8 - 1:30 AM

Pittsburgh junior G Adam Bisnowaty "is a terrific prospect who can play either tackle spot at the next level," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He’s fundamentally sound and makes great use of angles and body positioning to block the edge," Pauline wrote. The analyst stamped him as a third-round prospect. Bisnowaty was named to the ACC All-Academic Football Team for the second consecutive year in 2014.
Aug 7 - 11:42 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd is "both a possession receiver and a dangerous deep threat, a complete all-around receiver who will continue to excel in a passing game poised to take a step forward," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

In the estimation of Brown, Boyd is the 36th-best player in the country. Boyd will miss the season opener against Youngstown State because of a DUI charge. That mistake will be noted in his evaluation materials, but he should be able to mitigate its effect on his draft standing by staying out of trouble and having another monster season. He has 163 catches and 2,435 receiving yards in only two years.
Aug 7 - 4:17 PM

ESPN's David M. Hale believes Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner "was the complete package" last season and is "worthy" of being ranked the No. 1 player in the ACC.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Connor was a workhorse back for the Panthers in 2014, rushing for 1,765 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns, earning ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-American honors. With another solid year under his belt, Conner could set himself up for a Heisman run this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 2:23 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd has been suspended for the first game of the season against Youngstown State.

Boyd is facing a DUI charge from an arrest that took place in mid-June. The receiver was suspended from team activities for a month. Defensive end Rori Blair was also suspended for the first game for a different DUI charge. Many consider Boyd one of the better receivers in the country and he certainly has the production to back it up. He is at his best after the catch and adjusting to the football in the air.
Aug 4 - 9:37 AM

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi noted that he needed to give Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner the ball "on third downs, whether it be a draw or a pass out of the backfield."

"He can't just be a guy that you put in a game when it's going to be a run," Narduzzi said. "As a defensive guy, I'll know when James is in the game it's a run and when he's not it's a pass. We have to get him the ball on third down -- whether it be a draw or a pass out of the backfield. He's got great hands. In the spring we did it, and it was like, 'Why was this guy not in on third downs?' So that was an emphasis in the spring and will continue to be an emphasis." The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Connor was highly productive for the Panthers in 2014, rushing for 1,765 yards, while scoring 26 touchdowns, earning ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-American honors.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 2:42 PM

Even if Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd receives a suspension for his DUI charge, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter still thinks he's a frontrunner for All-American honors.

"Even if he receives a suspension after being charged with DUI in June, look for Boyd to sprint past, jump over, and sidestep defensive backs throughout his junior season," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Boyd earned first team All-ACC honors as a receiver (78 receptions for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns) and second team All-ACC honors as a return specialist (27.6 yards per kickoff return, 10.1 yards per punt return) last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 7:09 PM

Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd has entered a program for nonviolent first-time offenders in hopes of having his DUI charge withdrawn, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Liz Navratil.

The Pittsburgh prospect entered an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, for first-time offenders, where Boyd could have his charges withdrawn and the case expunged when he completes the needed requirements. Boyd has one year to complete safe driving classes or treatment. At the moment, Boyd's driver's license is suspended for at least 90 days.
Jul 24 - 2:33 PM

Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi told reporters no decision has been made on further discipline involving junior WR Tyler Boyd.

Boyd was suspended from team activities for a month following his DUI in June. Narduzzi called Boyd's case a "family issue." Many rank Boyd as one of, if not the top, receiver in the country. We like how comfortable he is after the catch to pick up extra yards. Boyd and running back James Conner are the core pieces of Pittsburgh's offense.
Jul 21 - 9:30 AM


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