Former Vikings CB Works Out for Tampa Bay

Dec 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Detailed view of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enjoyed plenty of success to begin the 2023 season.

Despite their loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Tampa Bay sits with a 3-2 record through the first six weeks of the season, and they sit atop the NFC South.

Regardless, there are always ways to improve a team, and the Buccaneers seem to be testing out different ways to do just that. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay worked out former Vikings CB Kris Boyd to potentially bring another piece onto their defense and special teams.

Buccaneers Work Out Former Vikings CB Kris Boyd

Former Vikings CB
Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) celebrates during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 reported the work out, tweeting, “Buccaneers worked out Kris Boyd.”

Boyd was selected as a seventh-round draft pick by the Vikings back in 2019, and he appeared in 58 games for Minnesota over his four years there, including six starts.

In 2020 alone, he made five of those starts because of injuries that ravaged Minnesota’s secondary throughout the year. During that season, he recorded 34 tackles, a tackle for loss, 2 passes defended, and a forced fumble.

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Dec 11, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Josh Woods (51) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd (29) talk before the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

The CB has always been a special teams fiend, though, and over the past few years, this is where the majority of his snaps have come. Last year with the Vikings, he played just 37 snaps on defense but had 403 snaps with the special teams group. He had a key forced fumble during Minnesota’s win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 4.

Boyd left the Vikings this offseason when his contract expired, opting to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. The fifth-year pro played each of the first four games this season for Arizona, and he made his impact felt exclusively on special teams, appearing in 63 snaps with the group.

Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals General Manager Monti Ossenfort celebrates with cornerback Kris Boyd (29) after beating the Dallas Cowboysat State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

However, Boyd was released by Arizona following their Week 4 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and he has been on the hunt for a new team ever since. Perhaps the Buccaneers can serve as a fresh start for the CB.

The Vikings played host to the Buccaneers in Week 1 of the regular season and fell 20-17.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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