Green Bay Packers’ Jarrett Boykin is competing for one of five wide receiver spots on the 53-man roster. Many have him pegged to be the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart, but that job will certainly not just be given to him. With injuries to several wide outs, Boykin must take advantage of the opportunity that has presented itself.
Jordy Nelson is likely out four to six weeks after he was forced to undergo knee surgery to correct a nerve issue that has bothered him for quite some time. Meanwhile, other wide receivers have also suffered various injuries, including Randall Cobb and his sore biceps. The injuries mean Boykin has more chances in camp to show his worth to the coaches, which is something he must accomplish.
The 23-year-old is beginning to make a name for himself, as he has already impressed some of his teammates with his abilities.
“He’s had some success on the outside, especially this camp, and I think this last week or so you’ve seen him really step up as I think he’s felt the pressure of the competition,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Competition can often bring out the best in guys and it’s been fun to see him step up.”
Rodgers is definitely one of the people Boykin must impress if he wants to be known as a reliable receiver come game time. With Nelson, Cobb and James Jones getting plenty of attention from defensive backs, it will be Boykin who must up with the big play more times than not. In fact, Green Bay’s success late in games could determine how well the second-year player performs under pressure.
Boykin needs to continue being physical in training camp and catch every pass tossed his way. It is imperative that he shine in the first couple preseason games to give the coaches and fans confidence that he is the player they know he can become.