During a season where the running back position for the Denver Broncos has been decimated with by injuries, Cory Boyd brings a simplistic approach to the situation.
The 2008 seventh round draft choice of Tampa Bay doesn't overstate his running style.
"I don't characterize my own style. I let everyone else do it," Boyd said. "I'm just a ball player and I just go out there and do whatever the team needs me to do."
Boyd, who signed to Denver's practice squad on Nov. 4 before being moved to the team's active roster on Dec. 9, has had an interesting last two weeks. He was inactive for the Carolina game on Dec. 14, waived the next day, signed back to the practice squad and signed again to the active roster this past Tuesday.
This on a team that has lost seven running backs for the season due to injury and has one experienced, healthy running back, Tatum Bell, and two without any experience with the team in Alex Haynes and Boyd.
"I'm not even looking at this as my opportunity," Boyd said. "It is a dream for me to go out and be that guy, but even if it doesn't come, when one door closes another one will open."
The chance never came for him with the Buccaneers, who drafted him based on a college career at South Carolina where he ran for 2,267 yards and 1,303 receiving yards. He was cut by Tampa Bay on July 26 and didn't join a team until he signed with the Broncos.
"I was in Tampa on and I thought my season was over with," Boyd said. "There was no way I could have guessed to be in the position that I'm in right now."
However, there were some bumps along the way. He didn't play two weeks ago at Carolina after being moved to the active roster on Dec. 9.
"We wanted him to work on some things," coach Mike Shanahan said.
"That's just the business," Boyd said. "They said I had some things to work on and they wanted to see if I had the same hunger I showed while on the practice squad."
"And they probably wanted to gain enough confidence in me to put me back up," Boyd said.
Then came season-ending injuries to Selvin Young and P.J. Pope and a need for a healthy running back. Shanahan didn't hesitate to bring up Boyd.
"The good thing about it was we've had Cory Boyd," Shanahan said. "He's been with us. He's used to our game plan."
Boyd said he's used his time wisely this week. He's watched a lot of film and listened to coaches tell him what he needed to do if he gets the opportunity to play.
Shanahan didn't say what role Boyd or Haynes would play Sunday.
"You never know what's going to happen," Boyd said. "Only that when they put you in those positions, you've got to step up and do what the coaches tell you to do, and whenever your number is called, be that guy."
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