WR Jarrett Boykin, Free agent

HT: 6-2, WT: 218, Born: 11-4-1989, College: Virginia Tech, Drafted: ---

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2014 Projections

GRSHYDY/RTDRECYDY/RTDFPT
David Dodds16.00.000.045.057612.84.082
Bob Henry16.00.000.044.060013.65.090
Jason Wood16.00.000.055.070012.76.0106
Maurile Tremblay16.00.000.051.075214.74.099

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: A Smith (151), M Wheaton (152), Jarrett Boykin (153), E Ebron (154),
Position: S Smith (144-WR53), M Wheaton (152-WR54), Jarrett Boykin (153 - WR55), J Matthews (158-WR56), B Hartline (160-WR57)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: J Matthews (147), B Hartline (148), Jarrett Boykin (149), C Ivory (150), S Smith (151)
Position: J Matthews (147-WR54), B Hartline (148-WR55), Jarrett Boykin (149 - WR56), S Smith (151-WR57), K Britt (153-WR58)
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Best Case

Boykin showed flashes of talent last season in a limited roll. Now that he’s been given the opportunity to assume the #3 role, he will have a chance to contribute from the start. With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb drawing all the attention, Boykin consistently sees single coverage and finds the open spot. Boykin posts career best numbers and rewards fantasy owners that draft him this season.

Worst Case

There were points last season that Boykin completely disappeared. When Randall Cobb came back for the final game of the season and the playoffs, Boykin was all but forgotten. Although he has the potential to move up the depth chart, he’s still just the #3 receiver on the team. With the improved running game and Nelson and Cobb seeing a majority of the passes, Boykin posts similar stats to last year with just enough inconsistency to frustrate fantasy owners hoping for a breakout.

Outlook

Boykin didn’t have much of an offensive impact until Randall Cobb went down to injury. Two weeks later Aaron Rodgers went down and the Green Bay offense turned on its head. Boykin had some solid games, posting solid stats with multiple receptions. He also struggled at times, and was shut out a couple times as well. But now with James Jones in Oakland, Boykin should see increased playing time. With Rodgers back under center, Boykin could be poised for a nice break-out season.


2014 Schedule

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2013 Game Summaries

Week 6 - Boykin started his day off by bailing Aaron Rodgers out when the quarterback was sacked and had the ball stripped by the Ravens. Rodgers had the pocket collapse on him and when he was knocked down Elvis Dumervil swatted the ball away. The football was kicked around for a minute, and Boykin—who had come running back to help out—picked it up and even tried to make something out of the play by running it (he didn’t make it far). Boykin got a lot of time in three wide receiver sets due to an injury to James Jones and then was slotted into two receiver sets once Cobb went down. He had a rough time of it, catching just one pass and dropping two passes. His one catch was an impressive catch and run in the third quarter, when he took a screen pass 43 yards. On the play, Aaron Rodgers immediately hit Boykin with the pass and the receiver turned upfield, making the first tackler miss, then slipping two more defenders and cutting inside before finally being brought down at the Baltimore 25. While Boykin wasn’t very fast, he was elusive and showed a good ability to use his blockers to clear his lanes as he ran. As he may need to fill in for a few weeks with both Cobb and Jones hurt, he’ll need more of that. It could simply be that the Packers need to use him on shorter routes when he doesn’t need to work so hard to get separation, and allow him to make a play after he has the ball in his hands.

Week 7 - Last week, Jarrett Boykin was thrown into the deep end early on against the Baltimore Ravens when Randall Cobb and James Jones went down. This week the team knew Jones/Cobb were out, so Boykin got a lot more time with the first team and Aaron Rodgers and after a rough start, it showed positive results. The start wasn’t all sunshine and flowers though. On the very first play of the game, Rodgers threw a pass to the back shoulder of Boykin which the receiver couldn’t reel in. Now, Cobb, Jones or Jordy Nelson make those catches with an almost boring consistency. It’s hard to say whether Boykin has the skills to learn how to do that but Rodgers didn’t really try that sort of throw to Boykin again. In fact, for the most part during the early portions of the game, Rodgers went short passes to Boykin. The two did connect in the first quarter on a 15-yard hook route where Boykin made a leaping grab of a high throw from Rodgers. He was hit immediately but held onto the ball all the way to the ground. Near the end of the game, Boykin saw more deep passes, including a 39-yard hookup in the fourth quarter. On the play, Boykin ran a hook route similar to the one he made a catch on in the first quarter. The Cleveland defender was giving him a large cushion to work with and while the throw was a bit high, Boykin was able to quickly pull it in and turn upfield. He then showed surprising elusiveness as he dodged the first tackler and leapt over a second, finally being dragged down at about the one yard line. Boykin capped off his day with a 20-yard touchdown. On that play, Boykin ran another of those hook routes he was having success with and made another wide open catch. He then lowered his head and drove through the defender, stretching the ball out with his right hand for the touchdown. Boykin isn’t a playmaker in the vein of Cobb, nor a vertical threat like Jones, but he plays a physical style of ball which could make him a real threat in this offense, especially with the injury to Jermichael Finley. He certainly made some huge strides between Week 6 and Week 7.

Week 8 - For the second game in a row, Jarrett Boykin showed that while he’s no Randall Cobb or James Jones, he can be a very productive receiver when Aaron Rodgers is throwing to him. He’s not terribly fast, not very elusive, but he is tough and showed sharp route running and good hands. Early in the game he caught a pass from Aaron Rodgers for a big gain where he displayed those route running skills. On the play, Boykin runs a soft “slant” route against what appears to be zone coverage. Boykin finds the perfect cushion between zones for Rodgers to zip him the ball with enough time to allow him to turn upfield for a few more yards. Boykin later made a nice, heads up play for another big gain. On the play, Rodgers was flushed from the pocket and, after shedding a tackler, threw the ball up towards the middle of the field and Boykin, who had to go to his knees and scoop the ball off the turf. Two Packers sealed off the one defender in the area and Boykin, realizing he was untouched, got up and dove for the first down marker. He then tried to get up and run but was tackled almost immediately. If he had stood up and run in the first place, he could have had a lot more yards, but aside from that Boykin showed tremendous field awareness to know where he was, how close to the first down marker he was and what it took to get there. Boykin may not be a special receiver the way Cobb or Jordy Nelson are, but with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, he is a very good player nonetheless.

Week 9 - While Jarrett Boykin remained as the No. 2 despite James Jones’ return, he didn’t get looked at much as backup quarterback Seneca Wallace had a lot of issues with accuracy and was clearly uncomfortable in the pocket. His one catch was a nice grab across the middle which he was able to scramble for a few extra yards on. Jones looked 100%, so you can expect Boykin to slide back to the No. 3 role next week.

Week 10 - It shouldn’t surprise anyone that quarterback Scott Tolzien—who was recently on the practice squad and probably saw a lot of the fourth string and depth wide receivers this fall—looked at receiver Jarrett Boykin more than any other receiver. It was clear from the beginning that the two had a pretty good comfort level with each other and he had the rookie quarterback’s trust. Tolzien went to Boykin twice early in the game, including a big 36-yard reception down the sideline. On the play, Boykin ran a “fly” route down the right sideline, gaining a couple of steps on cornerback Cary Williams. The pass was a bit high, but Boykin jumped up for it and made a nice catch. The receiver may not have gotten both feet in bounds before his hand hit the ground, but the catch was never reviewed. Boykin also saw several shorter passes where he was able to gain yards after the catch by making defenders miss and breaking tackles. He showed a lot of both—and some elusiveness—on a 31-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter. On the play, Boykin took a short dump pass at the line of scrimmage. The Packers had several linemen and receivers ahead of Boykin, who showed some good vision as he followed his blockers and avoided defenders for a big gain. Boykin showed off some nice hands and great “my ball” mentality on several passes. He didn’t always win those battles but he was always fighting.

Week 11 - Jarrett Boykin and undrafted free agent rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien have worked well together for two games now, with Boykin catching 66% of the 21 targets thrown his way for 203 yards. While he had less yards this week, Boykin actually is beginning to benefit from the chemistry developing between Jordy Nelson and Tolzien. Take, for example the 52-yard reception to start the fourth quarter. On the play, Boykin ran a “go” route, with a nice stutter-step and got a few steps on cornerback Trumaine McBride. It appears as though the safeties were pulled to the other side of the field—most notably safety Antrel Rolle, who seemed to edge towards Nelson on another “go” on the other side of the field. Boykin caught the ball in stride and added another ten yards before being brought down. Each week has seen Boykin add more polish to his game, and he looks like he will only continue to get better.

Week 12 - The amazing thing about the development of Jarrett Boykin as a receiver over the course of the last month has been his consistency. If Packers fans were worried that once Matt Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien at quarterback Sunday, Boykin’s presence would evaporate, they needn’t have. It doesn’t seem to matter who is throwing him the ball now—every quarterback will target him. That bodes well for his production when Aaron Rodgers finally returns. He actually saw more targets from Flynn than he did Tolzien, as the young quarterback struggled really badly in this game. The first few passes thrown Boykin’s way were off-target and nearly picked off. Boykin played good defense on both passes. After that, though, Boykin settled into a nice rhythm with Flynn, catching the next three passes, including a critical touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the play, Boykin ran a short “hook”, coming to stop on the goal line. Flynn delivered the ball a little low, but where only Boykin was going to catch it. Boykin did a great job blocking out rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes with his body. The two hooked up in overtime on a tremendous 34-yard completion. Boykin ran a “fly” route down the left sideline and Flynn hit him with a pass at about the 10-yard line. Boykin made a great catch on the pass, which was just a little short. Boykin jumped up and turned in the air to haul the ball in and then get both feet in. It’s hard to say what Boykin’s role will be once Randall Cobb returns, but he has certainly shown over the course of this season that he has the talent to make an impact.

Week 13 - After three very productive games in a row, Jarrett Boykin struggled to gain any separation against the Detroit Lions defenders and saw all three of his targets thrown in such a way to where the coverage could always make a play. Boykin had one ball thrown short that he had to make a leaping attempt at, one ball almost picked off by a linebacker dropping into coverage and one deep pass underthrown and broken up by a great play by cornerback Darius Slay.

Week 14 - The bloom has come off Jarrett Boykin a little bit as the combination of James Jones’ return and Matt Flynn under center has limited his opportunities—and sometimes the quality of them as well. His first opportunity was broken up by the defender, who went over his arms to knock the ball away—though it looks like Boykin did a poor job getting his hands on the ball, instead allowing it to hit his chest. Boykin’s other two catches were pretty well-contested but he did a good job of coming away with the ball. On one, he hung onto the ball while the delivered a big hit. On the second, the defender was draped all over him, but Boykin hung onto the ball and squirted away, keeping his feet for a few extra yards. Still, his opportunities aren’t coming often, though he has done a fair job with what he gets.

Week 15 - Boykin had a huge first half but then was well covered and only saw a pair of targets in the third and fourth quarters. As usual, you can see Boykin isn’t winning any footraces, but has outstanding hands and catches just about anything near him. On one play—his last reception of the game—Matt Flynn through way behind Boykin, but the receiver stopped, spun, caught the ball and then managed to create another three or four yards. It’s hard to say what Boykin’s role will be once Randall Cobb returns (possibly next season) but the way he has played—the sure hands and the crisp route running—has definitely made him someone the offense can rely on going forward.

Week 16 - As was the case with almost every receiver, Jarrett Boykin saw far more bad targets than he did catches. He almost had a phenomenal touchdown reception late in the first quarter but couldn’t make the grab. On the play, Boykin ran a “fly” route into the end zone. Quarterback Matt Flynn hurled the ball into the air, but as was often the case on Sunday, the ball was underthrown, barely making it into the end zone. Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen was in perfect position and was able to leap up and make a play on the ball. He couldn’t hang on though, and the ball popped back up in the air. Boykin tried to reach for it and make the catch as he fell but he dropped too far away from the ball to make a play. However, on the very next target Boykin received, he got his touchdown and some revenge on Cortez Allen. On the play, Boykin ran something like a fade, but didn’t head to the back of the end zone. Flynn, again, underthrew Boykin but Allen never got his head around so until Boykin was in mid-air to catch the pass the defender had no idea the ball was there. Boykin made a very nice leaping grab over Allen’s head for the score. Unfortunately, Boykin couldn’t bail Flynn out on the pick-six in the third quarter. On the play, Flynn is grazed by Andrew Quarless while throwing and the ball sails. This time out, Cortez Allen gets the better of Boykin (who doesn’t even seem ready for the ball), catches the ball and takes it to the house. Boykin has looked very good this season and there is definitely merit to the idea that he may be a reason the team lets James Jones go.

Week 17 - Boykin didn’t particularly have a good day, but he certainly had an interesting one. His big play was a touchdown which is likely to be one of the odder ones you will see. On the play, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hit just before he threw the ball, which came out of his hand and flew a good ten yards downfield. The whistle never blew, but every player (on both teams) acted as if it had. Suddenly, the Packers sideline and Aaron Rodgers was yelling at Boykin to grab the ball and run it into the end zone, which he did. The score was reviewed and the touchdown counted. The only other notable moment for Boykin was when he was the target on Rodgers’ first interception. On the play, Boykin ran his route into the end zone and tried to shake his coverage but couldn’t. Rodgers had been flushed out of the pocket and tried to force the ball to Boykin, but the pass was picked off. Other than those two plays, Boykin’s day was pretty quiet.

Week 18 - With Randall Cobb back in the mix, Boykin was too far down in the pecking order to attract much of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ notice. While he was on the field for 27 snaps (43% of the Packers overall offensive snaps), he was well covered or just otherwise unable to get open.