"He's going to probably see more challenges really from the defense," McCarthy said. "I mean, he's played on special teams, he's played enough reps for us, you feel like you know what you have as a player. His confidence has really grown particularly throughout last year.
"He's had good production with his opportunities so really just the consistency in his performance and No. 1, it's always availability."
Boykin caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns last year.
McCarthy said Boykin is a capable No. 3 behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and could improve enough to become a No. 2 receiver.
"He's a tough guy and his own man," McCarthy told the paper. "If you could spend more time around him in a one-on-one setting, you would go, 'Wow. OK. I see what you're saying.' I've always liked Jarrett. I've always felt he had it."
His quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was hit from behind by Peppers and lost the football. The officials did not rule it an incomplete pass and after a long wait, Boykin picked up the ball and ran into end zone for a 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He caught only two of four passes thrown his way for 8 yards in a 33-28 victory.
Boykin finished the regular season with 49 receptions for 681 yards and three touchdowns. He'll face the 49ers at home in the opening round of the playoffs.
No receiver was more negatively affected Sunday by the inaccuracy of
Yes, Boykin did score a touchdown on a perfectly thown 5-yarder late in the first quarter. But Flynn overthrew him in the end zone to end the game and secure defeat. It was a common theme throughout. Boykin was targeted a game-high 13 times, yet caught just five for 54 yards.
Despite limited numbers due greatly to Flynn, he continued in Week 16 to emerge as a threat. He has 11 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown in his last two games combined.
Boykin will try to get on the same page with Flynn - unless Aaron Rodgers returns under center - in Week 17 at Chicago.
Around the middle of the season,
Through 14 games against the Steelers, wide receivers average 156.4 receiving yards and 20.1 Fantasy points per week, which is the 10th-lowest average. Wide receivers have totaled 12 touchdowns, with nine coming in the last seven games.
Even after Aaron Rodgers injured his collarbone, Boykin had a few good games before Matt Flynn became the starting quarterback. The last few weeks Flynn just hasn't looked to Boykin like the other Packers quarterbacks did, which has hurt Boykin's Fantasy value.
Boykin didn't have a bad performance Week 15, totaling six catches for 83 yards against the Cowboys. However, it's just tough to trust him given his recent struggles and the tough matchup against Pittsburgh.
Boykin is at best a low-end No. 3 Fantasy wide receiver or flex option. You should probably look to better alternatives Week 16.
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