Prior to free agency, coach Mike McCarthy suggested wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's emergence would make it easier for the Green Bay Packers to move on from James Jones.
Now that Jones is returning home to Oakland, McCarthy said he "fully expects" Boykin to "step up."
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"I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday. "The young man is a heck of a player, he's done it the right way, special teams, he's performed every opportunity he's given."
Boykin landed on our Making the Leap list last November, when he averaged 82 yards over a five-game span with Jones hobbled and Randall Cobb out of the lineup.
In a Week 10 loss to the Eagles, Boykin was the best player on the field for the Packers.
The coaches found out Virginia Tech's all-time leading receiver was a keeper when injuries struck last season. If that stretch of bad luck happens again this year, they better hope No. 4 receiver Myles White is up to the same task.
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