The Green Bay Packers are not the same team they were when they won the Super Bowl in 2011. Not at all. The Packers are beginning to re-design the passing attack on the offense. More specifically, the receivers are changing. 2013 was the first time Donald Driver did not lace up with the team in 14 years.
Now, getting into the heat of the 2014 offseason, the Packers are looking at saying bye to a couple more receivers they have had over the last several years. Tight end Jermichael Finley and wide receiver James Jones are both free agents starting March 11. Finley has expressed his desire to return but no deal has been made as of yet. For Jones, the Packers are prepared to let him walk.
Why let someone like Jones who has recorded 310 catches for 37 touchdowns since 2009 and has played a great job in both the slot and outside? Well, head coach Mike McCarthy is very high on another wide receiver — Jarrett Boykin.
Entering his third season in the league, Boykin has impressed the Packers so far by recording 54-catches for 708 yards and three touchdowns in two years.
“He had a heck of a year, and I still think he has another jump in him. I’ve always liked Jarrett. I’ve always felt he had it,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy added that he sees Boykin evolving into a No. 2 receiver in the offense. Boykin’s performance increased after the injury to Randall Cobb earlier in the season.
Now, the Packers will hopefully have a healthy Cobb, along with the talents of Boykin and Jordy Nelson to help re-vamp the passing attack.