Raiders' Neiko Thorpe breaks up a pass intended for Green
Bay Packers' Jarrett Boykin during the first half of an NFL
preseason football game Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Green Bay,
BAY — Jarrett Boykin was talking about his least favorite topic:
At a position
known for its attention-loving players, there's only one reason
the Green Bay Packers' third-year wide receiver had even agreed to
fined for not doing them," he said with a slight smirk.
It's not that
Boykin is anti-social. He's smart and engaging when he does talk.
He simply doesn't want or need the attention.
all bad, but it's just, I don't know. That's just how I carry
myself," Boykin said. "You guys can write the articles,
you can tell the stories, but at the end of the day, I'm the one
who has to go out there and prove what I've got to prove."
It is that need
with proving himself that has driven Boykin to be the Packers' No.
3 receiver, behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. That would put
him ahead of the rest of the pack — including rookie
second-round pick Davante Adams — entering the Packers'
preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night
at Lambeau Field.
he's taken the next step. I just love the way he plays,"
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. "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.
I think he's had an excellent camp."
More than once in
training camp, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has expressed concern
about where some younger players are with the offense as the Sept.
4 regular-season opener at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle
Rodgers said of his young wide receivers and tight ends, "If
you cannot line up right, if you can't get the checks and if you
can't get what you're supposed to do every time — then there's
no way you can possibly be on the field when I'm out there."
Then, on Monday,
Rodgers was at it again.
what? They need to catch up," Rodgers told a large group of
reporters at his locker. "I think some of them are playing
the right way, and some of them have got to catch up. They're
going to need to if they want to be on the field."
Boykin had played
only 10 total snaps in the first four games of last season. He
didn't play a single snap on offense in the opener and one snap
against Washington in Week 2. He hadn't caught a single pass until
Cobb's leg injury at Baltimore on Oct. 13.
After a 43-yard
catch against the Ravens, Boykin went on to finish with 49
receptions for 681 yards and three touchdowns last season.
thing that helped Jarrett is that he became an expert of our
offense," Rodgers said. "And he spent a lot of time
studying our offense, getting in my ear, wanting to hear what he
needed to do to get on the field, what I expected of him in
certain situations and certain route concepts.
you're consistently in the right place at the right time, you
can't help but make plays. The ball is going to find you.
"We throw to
the open guy in this offense, we go through our progressions. We
don't lock in on one person. And if you're consistently doing the
right thing, running the right route at the proper depth, you
can't help but make plays. And that's what happened with Jarrett.
The more plays you make, the more confidence you're going to have
and that's when you're going to see guys reach and times exceed
Boykin said he
still hasn't reached his. He didn't need the Packers to draft
three wide receivers — Adams, Jared Abbrederis (fifth) and Jeff
Janis (seventh) — to keep him from getting complacent.
mindset coming in was obviously continue to progress, get better
and show that I know the system really well," said Boykin,
who has three receptions for 21 yards through three preseason
games. "Consistency — that was my overall focus, to be
consistent in everything I do, whether it be releases, route
running, run blocking, everything."
NOTES: To get to
the NFL-mandated 75-man roster limit, the Packers placed nose
tackle B.J. Raji (biceps), wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee),
offensive lineman Don Barclay (knee), guard Andrew Tiller (calf),
running back Rajion Neal (knee) and linebacker Joe Thomas (knee)
on IR. ... The team reached an injury settlement with tight end
Colt Lyerla, who was waived/injured last week and had been on the
team's injured reserve list.