Jarrett Boykin Is A Breakout Candidate For Green Bay Packers

By Ryan Ratty

The Green Bay Packers are at a crossroads in the 2014 NFL offseason. When September rolls around, the Packers could be without James Jones and Jermichael Finley. Both will command too much money, and the Packers will have to cut ties with both of them. Many will wonder who the third receiver in Green Bay will

be. Remember, the Packers still have to re-sign Jordy Nelson. With Aaron Rodgers healthy, the Packers could very well have undrafted rookies out there and Rodgers will make them look elite. Behind Nelson and Cobb, the Packers should look to give the position to Jarrett Boykin.

Boykin emerged as a viable threat in Green Bay’s offense when he caught eight passes for over 100 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns. As the fourth receiver on Green Bay’s dynamic offense, Boykin 49 passes for more than 650 yards to go along with three touchdowns. Those are pretty decent numbers, despite doing so in a small sample size. By losing Jones to free agency, Boykin could see a ton of more playing time in the slot.

Boykin has a nice frame for a receiver at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. To put that into perspective, he has a similar body to Allen Robinson in this year’s wide receiver class.

At the college level, Boykin made a living by out-jumping defenders for touchdown passes. Out of the slot, Rodgers will be able to throw to Boykin in a multiple of ways. He has strong hands and he is long receiver who has a wide catch radius. He will become a good target for Rodgers in the red zone because of his leaping ability. With Rodgers in the pocket, the sky’s the limit with Boykin.

He has potential to turn into a solid contributor for this offense. Another good thing about Boykin is how Green Bay can utilize him as a flanker, and then they could put Cobb in the slot. Boykin has that rare frame and ability that allows him to play both inside and outside. There is no doubt in my mind that he should have a bigger role in the offense in 2014. Don’t be surprised  to see Boykin have 1,000 yards in 2014.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google+.

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