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There is, perhaps, no better team at cycling in new wide receivers than the Green Bay Packers. Year after year, new names enter the fold, and year after year, those new names start producing.
Take for instance just this past year.
Not just one, but two receivers, Randall Cobb and James Jones, broke out for the Green and Gold—accounting for nearly 150 receptions and over 20 receiving touchdowns between the two of them.
In 2011 another wide receiver broke out. Jordy Nelson set the “Frozen Tundra” on fire with an astounding season by catching 68 balls for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Of course, it never hurts when you have a quarterback as talented as Aaron Rodgers throwing you the football—or playing in an offense that favors the pass much more than the run—nevertheless, what we have started to see is this trend beginning to emerge:
Green Bay wide receivers entering the season as third- or fourth-string options and go on to become extremely valuable and relevant fantasy commodities by season's end.
This year, that Packers player could very well be second-year wide receiver Jarrett Boykin.
As an undrafted player out of Virginia Tech, Boykin fell mostly in the draft because of his poor time in the 40-yard dash (4.57); however, he had always been the type of receiver whose whole was much greater than the sum of his parts.
Take for instance, he has the unique ability to use his size and physicality to outmuscle defenders, while using his body to create separation. Or, there's his superb hand-eye coordination helping to make catches in traffic, while also making adjustments to poorly thrown balls.
These are just a few of the skills that allowed him to become Virginia Tech's all-time leading receiver, and while Green Bay may already have its fair share of possession-type receivers, Rodgers is the type of quarterback who isn't afraid of spreading the ball around, telling the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Boykin is "going to get some opportunities this year," according to Tyler Dunne.
That's likely music to Boykins' ears; yours, too, should be ringing with excitement.
After all, if there's one team that knows how to evaluate talent at the wide receiver position, it's the Green Bay Packers. Why else do you think the team felt comfortable letting Greg Jennings walk this offseason?
The answer to that question lies squarely in their trust and belief in Boykin.
He's a fantasy football dark horse in every sense of the word and just one of the players you'll need to keep tracking throughout the 2013 season.