1) Introduction: General manager Ted Thompson always seems to find hidden gems after the draft. And wide receiver Jarrett Boykin is certainly that. With a handful of starting-caliber wide receivers already on the roster, the undrafted rookie cracked the team’s 53-man roster after an impressive preseason. It’s easy to see why he wasn’t selected in the draft, as he ran a 4.72 forty at the combine, but Boykin certainly impressed the coaching staff enough in training camp to make the final roster. Oh yeah, and here’s a reminder that the Jacksonville Jaguars — yes, those Jaguars — cut Boykin on May 7, only to see him crack the Packers’ roster a few months later.
- Age: 23
- Born: 11/04/1989, in Chattanooga, TN
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 218
- College: Virginia Tech
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 0 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: Not much was expected from Boykin coming into the season. He was the undrafted rookie playing behind emerging talents Randall, James Jones and Jordy Nelson, as well as Pro Bowl players Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. It was a crowded receiving corps, and Boykin was an afterthought.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Boykin caught five passes for 27 yards in the regular season. But the biggest catch of his rookie season was in the regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Trailing by seven points and facing a fourth-and-one late in the fourth quater, Rodgers hit Boykin for seven yards and a first down. A.J. Jefferson was called for pass interference, but the Packers declined the penalty. It was the first eye-catching play of Boykin’s NFL career.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Boykin appeared in ten games this season. He contributed on special but didn’t make a significant impact as a receiver. Overall, his impact on the team’s 11-5 season was very limited. But still, it’s encouraging to see an undrafted rookie receiver crack the 53-man roster.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Boykin didn’t play in the playoffs. He was injured on his first-down catch against the Vikings and never played again.
Season Report Card:
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(D-) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(F) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C-