With the Packers relying on short passes on a snowy day, many of the looks that might have normally gone to Boykin instead went to tight end Andrew Quarless, who had six catches for 66 yards.
Though Boykins hasn't developed much of a rapport with Flynn, he may not have to work with him much longer. Aaron Rodgers, who was sidelined for a fifth straight game because of a broken collarbone in Week 14, is back practicing and could be ready to return Week 15 at Dallas.
Though his matchup Week 14 against Atlanta is favorable -- the Falcons rank 20th against the pass, allowing 247.8 yards per game --
Why? Because Matt Flynn remains the favorite to start at quarterback.
Boykin's production didn't drop too much when Aaron Rodgers first broke his collarbone in Week 9, but he was working with Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien. Flynn hasn't shown he's on the same level. Granted, Flynn was OK in relief duty in Week 12, so it's possible his Week 13 struggles were mostly caused by the Lions' pass rush, but the bottom line is you're taking a risk by starting Boykin with Flynn under center.
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank Boykin outside of their top 30 at wide receiver for this week.
But it's safe to say much of it was not his own fault. Boykin played a ton, ran a lot of routes but played with Matt Flynn, who was horribly ineffective under center for Green Bay. Making matters worse was a Packers offensive line that was overmatched by a big group of defensive linemen for Detroit.
Anyone bailing on Boykin now is foolish. Aaron Rodgers is expected back soon -- potentially next week against the Falcons. Once that happens Boykin won't have to worry about Flynn costing him opportunities. Not to mention a very favorable matchup coming in Week 14. I might find myself liking Boykin again next week.
|15||12/15/13||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|17||12/29/13||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||10||0||5||27||5.4||9||0||0||0||1|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||6||36||536||14.9||52||2||8||2||25|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||10||3||2.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||Green Bay Packers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|