Jarrett Boykin 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

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1) Introduction: When Jarrett Boykin replaced Randall Cobb in the Ravens game, Boykin  looked like me trying to get a date back in high school: awkward, bumbling and completely out of his element. My game never improved. Boykin’s did.

Packers WR Jarrett Boykin

2) Profile:

Jarrett Boykin

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 11/4/89 in Chattanooga, TN
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 218
  • College: Virginia Tech
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: Be ready in case of injury. With Cobb missing most of the season and James Jones also missing time, Boykin got his chance and made the most of it after a slow start.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Lowlights don’t get much lower than Boykin against the Ravens. He caught one pass in five targets, dropped two balls and was on a completely different planet than Aaron Rodgers. The following week against Minnesota, Boykin caught all five passes thrown his way and began showing that he may be more than just a backup.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Boykin is an aggressive receiver who is tough to deal with after the catch. Might he be the replacement for James Jones if Jones departs via free agency? I would’ve said “no way” earlier this season, but Boykin showed improvement, and with a little more consistency catching the ball and separating from defensive backs, he’ll stick.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Boykin was only targeted once and didn’t catch a pass. Is Boykin fast enough to separate from good cornersbacks? It didn’t look like it against San Francisco

Season Report Card:

(A-) Level of expectations met during the season

(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(D) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  B-

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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  • SchenySchen

    Fortunately there aren’t that many great CB’s in the NFL and so he will be a very productive player for us. Additionally, Rodgers frequently throws guys open (see both throws to Jordy in Viking game). I really like Boykin. He is becoming more physical after the catch and his hands are pretty darn good. GoPack!

  • Tarynfor12

    He’ll be a good-high(at times) quality asset for Rodgers and the Packers for a few years to come.

  • Razer

    I think he will establish himself as our number 3 WR next season. Still, would like to see some stretch-the-field speed added to this receiving corps. And while we are at it, let’s make sure that we have a solid TE target for next year.

    Let it be so!

  • Dobber

    Obvious differences aside, he reminds me of a poor-man’s Anquan Boldin. If he continues to develop, that would make him a real gem.

  • Savage57

    I had no idea this guy was as big as his stats show. He doesn’t seem to play that big.

    What have I missed? I recall he had a bubble screen he blew up for some big yardage, but never noticed him playing big physically.

  • Katsuya

    @Savage57 He made a few catches this year where he used his size to get vertical and catch the ball over the dB’s head.

  • Katsuya

    @Savage57 He made a few catches this year where he used his size to get vertical and catch the ball over the dB’s head.

    • Pete Kliman

      Yes, he did it more than once.

  • mark

    The fumble recovery/run to the end zone will rank as an all time great Packer play for years to come. I imagine that he will be around for a while and make more big plays. Even if it didn’t work out, we will see #11 on the highlight reels for years thanks to the Bears not falling on the loose ball.