At the moment, his focus is set squarely on the Chiefs and keeping pace with DeShone Kizer in the competition to back up Aaron Rodgers. Whatever happens in the game, Boyle will have his family by his side while he waits on the Packers’ decision.
“It was a weird day for me last year, waiting by my phone and all my friends are getting cut,” Boyle said. “It’s a weird sensation when you’re kind of hanging on and you really don’t know if you’re going to have a job within the next 24 hours. That’s part of it. I’ll be with my family. Thankfully, they’re coming out. So I’ll have some distraction with me.”
Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster is vying to make the initial 53-man roster for the first time after coming up short of a spot last summer. He was promoted from the practice squad a month later and played in 12 games with five starts as a rookie.
Cut-down day was a nerve-wracking process for Lancaster last year, but he tried to make it as normal as possible. He got a morning workout in at Lambeau Field and even ate breakfast before receiving the bad news.
As a former undrafted free agent himself, Lancaster sympathizes with the rookies and first-year players fighting for a spot tonight against Kansas City.
“Last year this was the Super Bowl. This was going to make or break me,” Lancaster said. “I think for a lot of guys they’re definitely feeling the pressure. It’s different for everybody, but it was a big game for me last year.”
Tight end Robert Tonyan is one of the handful of players on the roster who has been on both sides of the bubble on cut-down day. He was among the Detroit Lions’ final cuts in 2017 before making the Packers’ roster as a fourth tight end last summer.