Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (11) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Packers don't need Donald Driver


Will Donald Driver stay retired

Donald Driver speaks to the crowd of 1,000-plus at the Donald Driver retirement event held in the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay back in February. Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Recently, Donald Driver came out and said that he would be willing to come out of retirement to help the Green Bay Packers out if they needed him.

Driver would be a great veteran leader once again for a Packers team that will be a Super Bowl contender. Driver can also still be a decent fourth or fifth receiver for a lot of teams and the Packers would definitely welcome him back with open arms.

However, the Packers don’t need Donald Driver and don’t have an issue at wide receiver right now.

The first man who is proof as to why the Packers don’t need Donald Driver is second-year wide receiver Jarrett Boykin. Boykin was a very productive player at Virginia Tech no matter who the quarterback was – which is why he holds the Virginia Tech career records for receptions and receiving yards.

In 2012, Boykin didn’t play much but he got the chance to study and learn from what was the NFL’s best group of wide receivers.

Boykin isn’t going to burn the top off of defenses but he is going to be able to make plays over the middle out of the slot. Boykin knows how to do the basics for what it takes for a wide receiver to be productive in the NFL. He is a productive player who will fit right in for the Packers out of the slot as a fourth receiver.

The other man who will allow Donald Driver to relax in 2013 is rookie wide receiver Charles Johnson. He is a high upside guy who will probably play next to nothing at the beginning of 2013. However, Johnson could be on the field for a decent number of plays by the end of 2013 depending on how well he develops.

Johnson has a lot of raw talent that gives him huge upside to be a star. Johnson might be 6-2 tall and 215 pounds but he ran a 40-yard dash of 4.38 at his Pro Day. Johnson also can get up and get the football which was proven by a 39.5-inch vertical jump. Johnson is still a very raw talent but by the end of the regular season, Johnson could be starting to show signs that he can be a quality receiver.

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