The Carolina Panthers made another move on Friday to add depth to the wide receiver position with the signing of former Green Bay Packer Jarrett Boykin to a one-year deal. Boykin, who played high school football in Charlotte, was actually the first free agent to visit Carolina once the free agency period officially got under way in the beginning of March.
The 2013 season, his second in the league, was a breakout year for him with 49 catches, 681 yards and three touchdowns. The increased production was due in large part to an injury to Randall Cobb that opened up an opportunity for Boykin.
However, last season he was almost non-existent in the Packers offense and was passed by rookie Davante Adams as the team’s number three wide receiver. He finished the year with only three catches for 12 yards.
At 6’2” and 218 pounds, Boykin has the size to play outside and should have the chance to compete for that number two spot behind Kelvin Benjamin with Ted Ginn Jr. as the team’s slot receiver. He also has experience playing special teams and at the very least will be a contributor in that part of the game.