Jarrett Boykin A Solid Wide Receiver Option For Green Bay Packers In 2014
Boykin was not drafted in the 2012 draft, as many scouts at the combine said Boykin possessed good NFL size and body control, but he was slow off blocks and had questionable hands. HE is 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, and hails from Chattanooga TN. He was productive in college as a great playmaker during his four seasons at Virginia Tech. He made the Packers’ roster after a great preseason in 2012, and played most of that season on special teams.
During the Packers’ injury-riddled 2013 season, Boykin was able to emerge as a viable option at wide receiver. He made his first stat on Oct. 20, 2013 against the Cleveland Browns because of injuries to both James Jones and Randall Cobb. Boykin had a spectacular day, hauling in eight passes for 103 yards and added a touchdown. He continued to build trust with Aaron Rodgers the next week against the Minnesota Vikings, with five catches and 89 yards. Following that game, Rodgers was injured and missed most of the rest of the season. The Packers’ offense struggled in Rodgers’ absence, however, Boykin continued to contribute. In a loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, he had eight receptions for a personal season high 112 yards. Boykin ended the 2013 season with 49 catches and 681 yards, and he also was able to score three touchdowns.
I don’t want to see Jones leave as a free agent; he is a solid receiver who brings a great presence to the locker room. Jones will be 30 years old at the beginning of the season, and I could see the Packers moving on without him. If Jones in indeed gone, Boykin is certainly a solid replacement, as he is taller than Jones and has great leaping ability; this allows Boykin to be a solid red zone threat and in other jump-ball situations. Boykin has also been durable during his career, and that is something that the Packers’ wide receivers sorely need during the 2014 season.
Most of the time Boykin played last season was without Rodgers at quarterback. If Boykin had been able to play all of his games with Rodgers, I think he could have put up even higher numbers. Prior to Rodgers’ injury, the two of them had started to build good recognition and trust in one another.
Expect to see Boykin have an even bigger breakout season during the 2014 season and become one of Rodgers’ top targets. If Jones does depart, Boykin will be a solid third-receiver and a great compliment to top targets Jordy Nelson and Cobb.