Jarrett Boykin

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Jarrett Boykin
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Boykin with the Packers in 2013
No. 82 Calgary Stampeders
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Matthews (NC) Butler
College: Virginia Tech
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 57
Receiving yards: 731
Receiving touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Jarrett Boykin Jr. (born November 4, 1989) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Virginia Tech. Boykin was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Boykin was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father died when he was an infant.[1] He attended Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. As a junior, he had 22 receptions in seven games for 476 yards and three touchdowns.[2] Additionally, he served on special teams as both the kickoff and punt returner.

In his final year at Butler, Boykin had 60 receptions for 1,252 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had 176 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, and continued his special teams roles.[1] He was named an all-state selection by the Associated Press.[3]

Boykin was ranked as a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.[4] He was well recruited coming out of high school, receiving scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Illinois, and South Carolina.[2] His height was six foot two inches, and his weight was listed as 191 pounds (87 kg).[2] He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and had a 3.25 GPA.[2]

College career[edit]

Boykin ultimately decided to play college football at Virginia Tech, where he made an immediate impact. During the freshman testing, he accomplished a 35-inch vertical jump.[5] During his first spring practice, he caught a ball for 26 yards and blocked a punt.[5] He caught the first touchdown pass of his college career against Duke University on a throw by Sean Glennon.[6] It was the first touchdown of the season by a wide receiver. At the end of the year, Boykin lead the team with 441 receiving yards and was second on the team with 30 receptions.

Going into his sophomore year with the Hokies, Boykin had three receptions against the Alabama Crimson Tide for 19 yards. He had arguably his best game of the season against Duke when he had 144 yards on six catches. During the game against rival Virginia Cavaliers, Boykin did not have a reception but did recover a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.[5] He finished the season with 40 catches for 835 yards and an average of 20.9 yards per catch, with five receiving touchdowns.[5]

Boykin started every game in his junior year and caught six passes for 102 and one touchdown in the season opener against Boise State.[7] He caught a season-best eight receptions 177 yards against Central Michigan and had eight more against Wake Forest for 63 yards and a touchdown.[5] He finished the season with 53 catches, 847 yards, and six touchdowns.

In the final season of his career as a Hokie, Boykin started off with two catches for 16 yards and a touchdown against Appalachian State.[5] The next game, he became Virginia Tech's all-time record holder in receptions, with four catches against East Carolina University.[5] He missed the game against Marshall due to injury, but returned to break the team record for receiving yards against Miami.[5] He went on to have a career-high 10 catches for 106 yards against the North Carolina Tar Heels. He finished his last year starting all 13 games, becoming the career leader in receptions and receiving yards.[5] He had 61 receptions and 761 yards on the season.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Boykin was invited to the NFL Combine, but was projected to go undrafted.[8] It was said he had good size to be in the NFL, good balance and body control, and outstanding leaping ability.[9] However, he was also said to be slow off of blocks and had average suddenness to get out of coverage with inconsistent hands.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 217 lb 4.62 s 1.65 s 2.65 s 4.28 s 7.12 s 36 in 10 ft 03 in 11 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[8]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Boykin was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted rookie;[10] but after spending a few days on the Jaguars' roster, he was cut in May 2012.[11][12]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Boykin made the Packers roster as an undrafted free agent in 2012.[13] In 2012, Boykin signed a 3-year, $1.44 million contract.[14]

On October 28, 2012, Boykin made his first NFL catch for 9 yards in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.[15]

On October 20, 2013, Boykin received his first career start in the NFL, recording 8 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown in a victory over the Cleveland Browns.[16]

The 2013 season was Boykin's most productive year. Injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, as well as the departure of Greg Jennings in free agency allowed Boykin to play in all 16 games and start 8 of them. He finished the year with a career high 49 receptions, 681 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns.[17]

In 2014, Boykin registered one catch in weeks 2 and 3 in games against the New York Jets and Detroit Lions. A groin injury sidelined him for weeks 4-6, keeping him out until he returned in week 7 against the Carolina Panthers. Boykin was not targeted against the Panthers, the next week against the Saints, or week 10 in a game against the Bears. The next week against the Eagles, Boykin was targeted once before being taken off the field to be evaluated for a possible concussion.[18]

Boykin finished the 2014 regular season playing in 13 of 16 games, mostly on special teams. He had 3 catches for 23 yards and was targeted 12 times. His longest catch was for 11 yards.[19] During the final regular season game against the Lions, commentator Troy Aikman mentioned his surprise at Boykin's disappointing season after bursting onto the scene in 2013. In January 2015, the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel wrote a story about Boykin and rookie Jeff Janis's reduced playing time. Boykin earned praise from offensive coordinator Tom Clements and from special teams coach Shawn Slocum. Boykin's biggest plays on special teams included a smothered punt attempt, forced fumble and recovery of an onside kick. However, they were also offset by three bad plays (out of position or late on two TD returns, poor decision on a pooch free kick). Despite that, special teams coach Shawn Slocum said, "Jarrett's on all four (core) teams. He's solid in coverage. He's been very dependable in his role."[20]

On March 10, 2015, the Packers decided not to tender a right-of-first-refusal contract worth $1.542 million, releasing him and giving him the option to sign with any NFL team.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Boykin signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 27, 2015.[21] He was cut on September 1, 2015.[22]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On January 6, 2016 Boykin signed a reserve/future contract with the Buffalo Bills, reuniting him with his former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. On September 2, 2016, he was released by the Bills as part of final roster cuts.[23]

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

On November 10, 2016, Boykin was signed to the practice squad of Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Statistics[edit]

Source:[24]

Season Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2012 Green Bay Packers 10 0 5 27 5.4 9 0
2013 Green Bay Packers 16 8 49 681 13.9 52 3
2014 Green Bay Packers 13 3 3 23 7.7 11 0
Total 39 11 57 731 12.8 52 3

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Jarrett Boykin- Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo!. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "4A All-State Football Team". NCpreps. January 7, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scout.com: Jarett Boykin". Scout.com. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Hokiesports.com::Football Jarrett Boykin". Virginia Tech. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Tech can clinch Coastal Division title with win over Virginia". Associated Press. November 22, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Press Associated (2010). "Kellen Moore's 3rd TD pass lifts Broncos past Hokies". ESPN. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Jarrett Boykin | Virginia Tech". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Jarrett Boykin - #81 -WR". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ Crow, Alfie (2012-05-01). "Jarrett Boykin Scouting Report". Big Cat Country. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  11. ^ Wilde, Jason (2013-10-24). "10/24/13 Unwelcome attention". ESPN Wisconsin. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  12. ^ Gantt, Darin (2013-10-27). "Sunday night wrap-up: See how they (the Packers) run | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  13. ^ Spofford, Mike (31 August 2012). "In addition to Moses, three more undrafted rookies make 53-man roster". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/green-bay-packers/jarrett-boykin/
  15. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers - Box Score - October 28, 2012". ESPN. 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rodgers leads Packers to victory over Browns". Associated Press. 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.packers.com/team/roster/Jarrett-Boykin/ff18333d-ece2-4088-af1a-49cf0904d7f2
  18. ^ http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootball/players/playerpage/1630575/jarrett-boykin
  19. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/15358/jarrett-boykin
  20. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/jarrett-boykin-sees-few-snaps-jeff-janis-fewer-b99422948z1-288122711.html
  21. ^ Panthers sign WR Boykin, claim OT Martin/
  22. ^ Jones, Jonathan (September 1, 2015). "WR Jarrett Boykin among cuts as Carolina Panthers trim roster to 75". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  23. ^ Brown, Chris. "Vets Felton and Lawson headline Bills cut to 53". BuffaloBills.com. 
  24. ^ Statistics

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