The Green Bay Packers were hit hard with injuries at wide receiver last weekend when Randall Cobb and James Jones suffered injuries during the team’s Week 6 match up against the Baltimore Ravens, which could lead to second-year wideout Jarrett Boykin getting the call as the team’s No. 2 receiving option in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns.
Boykin has never been a large part of the team’s passing attack, but their willingness to give him the No. 2 job shows that they have plenty of confidence in the young receiver.
Perhaps the greatest endorsement came from star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had nothing but positive things about the man who he could be targeting much more than usual in the coming weeks.
“Jarrett’s one of the smartest guys we’ve got on the football team, and he’s very sharp,” Rodgers said, via ESPN. “He understands his role and is ready to play every week. He went four weeks without really playing at all — one or two plays a game here and there for the most part because those three didn’t really come off the field. He was thrust in there. I missed him on a couple I should have hit him and then was able to get him on a little quick one-stepper on the back side. He made a great run after the catch, and hopefully that play is going to give him some confidence going into this week coming up.
“But Jarrett is the kind of teammate you love playing with and love practicing with because he sells out every day in practice. He is a true professional, and I think he’s the kind of guy that when he gets more opportunities, you’re going to see a lot of production. I’m excited for him and his opportunity.”
We already know that Cobb will be out for the next two months, but if Jones is unable to go it is Boykin’s big opportunity.
Normally, quarterbacks could stay away from receivers that they are not familiar with, but that doesn’t look like it will be the case with Rodgers’ positive thoughts on Boykin moving forward.