Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien looked for second-year wide receiver Jarrett Boykin with great frequency during his starts, and the two have proven to possess a great deal of chemistry.
That might make you worry about Boykin’s continued success after Tolzien was yanked for backup Matt Flynn. What if Flynn holds onto the job?
No worries, folks, because either quarterback will target Boykin when he is throwing the ball.
Boykin has shown a knack for taking advantage of the extra attention fellow receivers Jordy Nelson and James Jones get. This past weekend, with Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes all over Nelson, Boykin played a big role, catching five passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
If he hadn’t been able to produce, the Packers would have lost Sunday’s game.
For a guy who looked decidedly mediocre when he got his first start against Baltimore back in Week 6, Boykin has made some incredible progress since. His routes are much sharper, he is more reliable with the ball and he’s shown a good nose for open space.
The defense he faces is sort of a mixed bag.
The Detroit Lions have a fearsome front seven, but they’ve only accrued 20 sacks, the fourth-lowest total in the league. They can pressure quarterbacks, but they aren’t hitting them a ton.
The defense does force turnovers, but it's in the middle of the road in interceptions with 11 to date.
By and large, the secondary isn’t very deep. Aside from Chris Houston, none of the corners have been terribly productive. The safeties—Louis Delmas and Glover Quin—are solid and do help by coming over the top to assist, but this isn’t a deeply talented group.
It can cover Nelson or Boykin, and it will likely focus on Nelson, who is far more dangerous. Boykin should have a lot of open space, resulting in another very solid day.