Coach Mike McCarthy thought Boykin had that sort of talent and this summer has proven him right.
“Clearly, Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step,” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I just love the way he plays. He’s had an excellent camp.
“He’s physical, his toughness, he’s relentless. I think he’s exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB.”
Boykin’s development last season made the Packers feel comfortable enough to allow veteran James Jones to leave via free agency and his performance this summer has verified that for Green Bay.
Boykin was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech in 2012, but was cut by the Jags shortly after the signed him.
He then signed with the Packers and made the roster in training camp.
His production was limited as a rookie—he had five receptions for 27 yards in 10 games, playing mostly on special teams, where he had four tackles and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.
But last season, with injuries taking out Cobb and Jones and stretched, Boykin stepped up—starting eight games and finishing with 49 receptions for 681 yards and three touchdowns.
Now Boykin is fending off second-round pick Davante Adams and solidifying his hold on the No. 3 receiver spot.
Boykin has three catches this preseason for 21 yards and has been in for 84 snaps.