Ted Thompson has decided to stand pat at this year’s NFL trade deadline as expected and is trusting his roster. There is one player that is featuring for the Packers as the main replacement at wide receiver: Jarrett Boykin.
Many Packers fans had questions on Boykin’s abilities but it’s become clear that he has been an excellent replacement for the team. Boykin is the type of quality fourth receiver that has proven that he has the talent to start right now on a few NFL teams.
Boykin was the most productive receiver ever at Virginia Tech and holds the school’s career records for receptions and receiving yards. Boykin did not play much last season due to how he was the number five receiver for the Packers. However, 2012 was a great time for Boykin to adjust.
Boykin wasn’t viewed as having a chance at catching on in the NFL when he went undrafted and then was cut quickly by the Jacksonville Jaguars only a couple of weeks after the draft.
However, Boykin has proven any doubters wrong and has become the second undrafted receiver from the 2012 NFL Draft to show success, following in the footsteps of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater.
Boykin was a four-year college player who came out of a Virginia Tech program that is known for developing players with great football instincts. Boykin has proven that once again. A great example of Boykin’s instincts was when he made a diving catch against Minnesota and then got up to get the first down when many young receivers would have forgotten to get back up because they assumed they were down. Boykin has the instincts that one would expect from a player who has been in the league for at least five years.
Boykin had a rough game against the Baltimore Ravens but he bounced back to prove he had what it takes to be a successful receiver. Boykin had eight catches on 10 targets for 103 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown against the Cleveland Browns to prove that he might just have what it takes.
Boykin then started his first game this past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and showed how he is a fairly-polished receiver, despite being in just his second season. Boykin’s five catches on six targets for 89 receiving yards and an average of 17.8 yards per reception proves that point.
Boykin might have only had two strong weeks but he is for real. Boykin has proven time and again that he knows how to get the job done and push himself to a higher level. Now, he is getting to do that on the field for the Packers – a receiver who is quickly becoming a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers.
He is and will continue to play like a receiver that has a long-term future in Green Bay and one that could just allow the Packers to let James Jones leave this offseason which would open up the cap space to keep B.J. Raji.
Boykin has become another great undrafted free agent for GM Ted Thompson, the expert at finding quality players.