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Mike McCarthy “can’t say enough about” Jarrett Boykin


When injuries struck the Packers’ receiving corps last season, reserve Jarrett Boykin had to take a significant role in the offense.

Given an increase in snaps, Boykin did his part for division-champion Green Bay, catching 49 passes for 681 yards and three TDs, the bulk of which came with Aaron Rodgers out of the lineup.

With James Jones departing in free agency, Boykin, a third-year pro, will again get plenty of reps in 2014. Speaking at the NFL meetings in Orlando on Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy praised Boykin’s development.

“I can’t say enough about Boykin,” McCarthy told reporters, according to a transcript of his remarks from the Pro Football Writers of America.

Added McCarthy: “The young man is a heck of a player,” with the Packers’ head coach noting that “he’s done it the right way, special teams, he’s performed every opportunity he’s given.” McCarthy also indicated that the 24-year-old Boykin will likely ” see more challenges” from defenses this season.

McCarthy also told reporters that he “wouldn’t say we were looking to move on from” Jones, who signed with Oakland, with the Packers’ head coach noting that well-built rosters will occasionally lose veteran players seeking other opportunities.

The Packers have some interesting decisions to make at wide receiver in the near future, with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson entering the final year of their contracts. Both are important parts of the Packers’ offense and will not be cheap to retain.

Boykin, meanwhile, will make $570,000 in 2014, per NFLPA data. He is a restricted free agent after the season, which will allow the Packers to maintain their first-refusal rights. Should he continue to progress, he will prove a nice value for the Packers, even if he were to receive one of the high RFA tenders next offseason.

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46 Responses to “Mike McCarthy “can’t say enough about” Jarrett Boykin”
  1. scoops1 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:25 PM

    he will be a stud in FF in the upcoming season

  2. golforepar says: Mar 26, 2014 2:27 PM

    Boykin will have about 75 catches this year and cost $570,000! This is why the Packers are yearly favs to win the NFC North every year!

  3. f1restarter says: Mar 26, 2014 2:28 PM

    Jarrett Boykin > Cordarrelle Patterson.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:30 PM

    Boykin’s TD against the sleeping and bewildered Bear defense is one of my all time top 10 Packer memories.

  5. teal379 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:30 PM

    His hands are massive. 10.25 hand size I believe.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:32 PM

    Between Boykin, Nelson and Cobb’s expiring contracts, the Packers are likely to lose at least one of those players next season. Look for a high round WR to be drafted. And a new star will be born.

  7. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 26, 2014 2:33 PM

    Well….I hope my mutually respected Packer fans are ready for yet another division battle between the 2 most historical teams in the NFL. I look forward to this upcoming season. Bears(9) and Packers(13) combined have 22 NFL Championships, best rivalry ever!

  8. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 26, 2014 2:34 PM

    Cobb and Nelson > Marshall and Jeffries > Megatron and Tate (reserve right to change my mind midseason) > whatever trash the vikings throw to.

  9. niquebchillin says: Mar 26, 2014 2:35 PM

    Cheap labor rookie contracts the new wave of the NFL .

  10. dcviking says: Mar 26, 2014 2:37 PM

    Those words likely included “Get in my belly!!!”

  11. packerbackernj says: Mar 26, 2014 2:37 PM

    You can’t compare Boykin to Patterson. Patterson is Hester-Lite. Solid kick returner, terrible receiver.

  12. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 26, 2014 2:38 PM

    Love this kid. He has a bright future.

  13. jhein23 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:40 PM

    I like the top 3 receivers – Nelson, Cobb, Boykin but would love to see a tall, fast receiver who can return kicks drafted in the first 4 rounds. It is supposedly a deep draft at that position. And we need that deep threat because Rodgers throws an amazingly accurate deep ball. Remember in 2011 it was just ridiculous how many bombs he was hitting receivers in stride with.

  14. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:43 PM

    And the clown music continues! Come to Minnesota, you would make a great ball boy!

  15. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2014 2:44 PM

    Rodgers is a lot like Brees, Manning or Brady in that no matter who you trot out at wide receiver he’s going to make them look good. No sense in panicking and overpaying a wideout when you can keep cycling through guys on rookie deals.

  16. thepftpoet says: Mar 26, 2014 2:46 PM

    Mike McCarthy is the worst coach in the divison.

    Jarett Boykin has no top end speed or any excellent attributes.

    While he does have good hands, he could never be a #1 receive in this league.

    Cordarelle Patterson has 10x the upside, plus he’s already made a pro bowl.

  17. deflateddome says: Mar 26, 2014 2:52 PM

    I would keep Boykin. He was one of the few Packers that stepped up with Sharon was down. Nelson was lucky to have 2 catches a game

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:58 PM

    The Packers lost Greg Jennings and Donald Driver prior to last season. And still they fielded one of the best receiver corps in the NFL.

    Thanks Ted!

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:07 PM

    Unless Cordarelle Patterson can make a position switch from kick return specialist to WR, the Vikings will find him worthless because of rule changes.

  20. shaggytoodle says: Mar 26, 2014 3:22 PM

    I think Boykin can be a fair replacement for Jones. He has great size, and a good potential for a possession WR.

    I think he will have numbers similar to Jones in 2 seasons, especially with Rodgers at the helm, because when Boykin did play it was with Tolzien and Flynn. Its pretty obvious its a different offense when Rodgers is running it.

    I also think the Packers will take another WR in the draft. Its impossible, for a WR core to say healthy the whole season.

  21. ravenswhat says: Mar 26, 2014 3:22 PM

    It’s ok to admit your team is run by cheapskates mike.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 26, 2014 3:28 PM

    McCarthy went on and on about how much he loved Boykin until he realized the reporter asked him about Jarrett Boykin, not Burger King.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Mar 26, 2014 3:30 PM

    If spending money on your team in FA mattered don’t you think the Cowboys and Redsksins would have done better in the last decade?

  24. whatjusthapped says: Mar 26, 2014 3:31 PM

    Here’s the biggest difference between franchises; the Packers bring in a street free agent and he catches 49 passes on a part time basis for $570K counting against the cap.

    The Vikings sign an Ex Packer for $17.8 million, he is allegedly their #1 WR and he catches 62 passes while being featured in their offense.

    And here is the kicker, the Packers get a 3rd round comp pick in this draft for Craig Jennings.

    Thank you Minnesota Vikings !

  25. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 26, 2014 3:31 PM

    The draft is deep in wider receivers. Ted will find one. Defensive guys on the other hand…..

  26. tsi431 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:38 PM

    You know who else was not fast? Jerry Rice, what a bum.

  27. dcviking says: Mar 26, 2014 3:41 PM

    Here’s the biggest difference between franchises: Vikings fans wish Jared Allen well in Chicago and thank him for his years of service.

  28. bobby2478 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:42 PM

    All the people saying Boykin is better than Patterson, and that Patterson is a terrible WR, obviously you hate the Vikings and aren’t being impartial.

    Patterson didn’t even play that much last year, and when he DID get the opportunity, he was a solid overall WR even with the likes of Ponder and Cassell throwing him the ball, and the fact he has a lot of growing to do.

    He may not be as polished a WR as Boykin at this point, but he has 10x the upside and was a pretty good overall WR last year. Saying he’ll never be a good WR and comparing him to Hester is just ignorant.

    Imagine if Patterson was playing with Rodgers, he would be a BEAST. Way more so than Boykin.

  29. heelstrojans28 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:42 PM

    check out that pass from AR12 in that pic…wow

  30. leatherface2012 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:48 PM

    chek out the one right after the bears slammed him to the turf…..not so wow

  31. leatherface2012 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:49 PM

    nice picture. due to the lens used , they were actually 4 feet apart. rodgers nmumbers were way off last year…………china doll…..seattle seemed to do much better

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:50 PM

    The MN “braintrust” didn’t give Patterson the opportunity to play much WR last year because he isn’t a very good WR.

  33. bobby2478 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:07 PM

    “The MN “braintrust” didn’t give Patterson the opportunity to play much WR last year because he isn’t a very good WR.”

    He isn’t a complete product yet. He just started to play WR at TEN for less than a full year before he was drafted by the train wreck that is the Vikings offense. At the end of last year he’s only been a WR for under 2 years.

    He has a LOT to improve on, but look at the impact he had as a WR for MN last year. Like Percy, he took handoffs out of the backfield for TD’s, and he took multiple short passes and broke loose for long TD’s. Saying he isn’t a very good WR isn’t accurate.

    He isn’t polished yet, but even with his limited knowledge of the position he was an impact player for a pathetic Vikings team last year. If he completely sucked at WR he wouldn’t have had such an impact as a WR last year (not even considering the impact he had on special teams).

    Long term, I’d rather have Patterson than either Harvin OR Boykin.

  34. Shinnbone says: Mar 26, 2014 4:11 PM

    I’ve gotta feelin…Green Bay goin to da Super Bowl!

    Just wait until they unleash another stud by the name of Chris Harper.

    “Look out, Mama there’s a white boat comin’ up the river!”

  35. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:14 PM

    With turd bay having the worst offensive line in the league and not having a running game since WWII will they be able to keep China doll Erin healthy all year?

  36. shaggytoodle says: Mar 26, 2014 4:20 PM

    Boykin will never be a #1 WR, but the Packers won’t ask him to be.

    Jennings use to be a number 1 and is paid as such, but is losing a step, so 10 million a year is going to be tough to be worth it, especially with their QB situation.

    Boykin is a better 3rd WR than most other teams will have.

  37. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 26, 2014 4:21 PM

    I’m sure he can’t say enough about ham sandwiches, either.

  38. axespray says: Mar 26, 2014 4:32 PM

    Ken Dorsey/Chris Harper/Myles White are the guys competing for the 4th job.

    We could probably draft a speed/returner type guy as the fifth WR.

    We’re good here, now let’s go build up our defense!

  39. deltaoracle says: Mar 26, 2014 4:40 PM

    Packers 7th in rushing last season, and that was with defenses loading up against the run during the second half of the year when Rodgers was out.
    Should be even better this year – pick your poison, Rodgers or Lacy.
    Expecting a great battle with the Bears; Lions may have a chance too. The other team in the division clearly understands it is at least a couple of years away from being a threat.

  40. stellarperformance says: Mar 26, 2014 4:48 PM

    To the Bears fan offering the acknowledgment of mutual respect; the gesture is appreciated and returned in kind. Thank you.

  41. cguy7 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:50 PM

    Doesn’t matter what offenses do in the NFC North – they’ll win nothing until they discover defense… Now back to your basements.

  42. banlarson says: Mar 26, 2014 4:51 PM

    Only a Packer fan would positively compare Boykin to Patterson. Boykin runs a 4.74, Patterson a 4.4. Boykin was an undrafted FA originally signed by Jacksonville. Patterson was a 1st rd selection. Boykin, in his 1st year caught 4 passes, 49 in his second with 3 TDs. Patterson caught 43 with 9 TDs in his first year. But Patterson also had 1,393 return yards. Use your brain before making idiotic posts like that. Stick with Rogers > any QB…I’ll give you that one.

  43. hansenbrothers says: Mar 26, 2014 4:53 PM

    Cobb and Nelson are why the Packers are probably done in free agency for awhile. TT has got to save back some dough to extend those two.

  44. fartweasel says: Mar 26, 2014 4:54 PM

    He is a hall of famer waiting to happen. He’s had a few good games but I can tell.


    every packer fan

  45. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:37 PM

    Cordarelle Patterson can’t run a route to save his mother’s life.

  46. packsoldier says: Mar 27, 2014 5:57 PM

    Jarrett Boykin > Greg Jennings.

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