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Patriots’ Josh Boyce embracing opportunity

8/26/13: Foxborough, MA: Patriots rookie wide reciever Josh Boyce (82) hauls in a pass during a drill. The New England Patriots held a workout on the practice fields outside of Gillette Stadium this afternoon. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: sports topic: Patriots (1)
After missing minicamp because of a foot injury, Patriots rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce has made the most of his training camp opportunities.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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FOXBOROUGH — Had he not decided to forgo his final year of eligibility at TCU to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL, Josh Boyce would probably be in Fort Worth preparing for Saturday night’s season opener against LSU.

“Yes, I would [be],’’ said Boyce, a 5-foot-11-inch, 205-pound rookie receiver selected by the Patriots in the fourth round. “It does cross my mind, but that’s in the past.’’

Had he stayed in school, Boyce would probably have a lot more hair, too, after he lost a wide swath of it during the Patriots’ rookie rituals at the end of training camp. It left Boyce looking like a Franciscan monk.

Well-hidden beneath his ball cap, Boyce’s haircut was but a small price to pay to make the 53-man roster.

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