With Greg Jennings playing in Minnesota and Donald Driver out of football altogether, the Green Bay Packers have some job openings at wide receiver, and in the early stages of training camp, Jarrett Boykin is taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb will assume the top three spots. But behind Nelson, Jones and Cobb, there’s a competition for the No. 4 spot, featuring Boykin, Jeremy Ross and a handful of rookies.
Seventh-round picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey have been sidelined due to injuries, allowing the incumbents (Boykin and Ross) to showcase their abilities. And at Friday night’s practice at Ray Nitschke Field, Boykin had a big day.
Boykin made several nice plays during the one-on-one portion of practice.
Lined up against cornerback Jarrett Bush, Boykin got a couple steps on Bush before making a leaping, acrobatic catch in the endzone. The play drew cheers from the packed audience, and even Bush looked impressed by the catch.
On Boykin’s next rep in the drill, he plucked a short out route with one hand.
Later during Friday’s practice, Boykin made his presence felt by making a diving catch deep down the right sideline. Perhaps even more impressive than the athletic catch was the fact that it came against Davon House–one of the most impressive players at Packers training camp thus far.