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