Jarrett Boykin has bounced back and forth between the practice squad and 53-man roster for some time. He did see limited action here and there last year, but never played a prominent role with the offense. After the departure of “that guy,” it would only make sense that each receiver take a proverbial step forward on the depth chart.
Boykin may just get the chance for which he has patiently waited.
The potential with this kid is through the roof. At 6-2, 217 pounds, he carries a solid frame with surprising speed. Receivers coach Edgar Bennett has already praised Boykin’s work ethic during OTA’s. Grooming the likes of a Boykin is definitely helped having a coach such as Bennett. The younger guys need the right motivation, and what better coach to have than a coach who is basically a walking testimonial of what it takes to succeed.
There is no reason to think Boykin can’t becomes the Packers’ regular number 4 receiver as he will undoubtedly be behind Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones (in no particular order) on the depth chart.
There are certainly a few undrafted rookie wideouts who can push Boykin for the fourth receiver spot, but he’s been in the system and at least knows the playbook after being exposed to it all of last year. Jeremy Ross could potentially be a threat to Boykin, yet he would more than likely project to be more of a special teams player after his play returning kickoffs and punts last year. If one thing is almost certain, Mike McCarthy will try to keep Randall Cobb from returning anything this year. That would be the smart move at least.
The Packers Nation already knows what they’re going to get out of Cobb, Nelson, and Jones. Imagine, however, for a second, if Boykin could emerge as Cobb did last year. An MVP quarterback, paired with a young promising backfield, and a receiving corps that is arguably the best in the league?
The sky could be the limit for the entire team! Time will tell …
What say you Packers Nation? Is Jarrett Boykin the team’s fourth receiver breaking camp in a few months? Could Boykin break out and become this year’s Randall Cobb?