As we pointed out on Wednesday's "Around The League Podcast," Green Bay's ability to develop young players, such as wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and tight end Brandon Bostick, will serve the Packers well in January if they can hold the fort until Aaron Rodgers returns.
I thought Boykin was Green Bay's most impressive performer against the Eagles. Marc Sessler noted that Boykin made the catch of the day in high-pointing a deep sideline pass from first-time starter Scott Tolzien. After studying film, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's venerable beat writer, Bob McGinn, agreed on both counts.
Although coaches caution that Bostick remains a work in progress, the former Newbury College (S.C.) hoopster flashed his athleticism on a 22-yard touchdown catch, in which he lowered the boom on cornerback Roc Carmichael.
His 16 routes run on a career-high 29 snaps last week suggest the Packers plan for him to assume a portion of Jermichael Finley's role in the passing game, while Andrew Quarless handles run-blocking chores.
With a healthy Rodgers, the Packers still have the potential to reach the Super Bowl. Until their leader returns, however, it will be on young players such as Boykin, Bostick and Tolzien to keep Green Bay within shouting distance of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.