by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
You would’ve thought that when the Packers allowed James Jones to walk via free agency, the plan was for Jarrett Boykins to step in behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Could that plan be changing with Davante Adams taking the lead? If not for Week 1, could it be far away?
Let’s take a look at both players to try and determine who is the better draft target:
When injuries struck in 2012 Boykin stepped up and produced, including when Aaron Rodgers was sidelined. You would think that, with a healthy Rodgers and a job his for the taking, we’d be targeting him in all formats.
The numbers were impressive last season, with 49 receptions for 681 yards and 3 TD. However, the reports from camp have not been positive.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN (click here for the article) said that, “And among the receivers, Jarrett Boykin has been no better than average in his quest to replace James Jones as the No. 3 receiver.”
Average certainly isn’t going to cut it. He needs to step up and claim his job, or he’s going to be passed by one of the younger receivers on the team.
It’s easy to argue that Adams has significantly more talent than Boykin. The second round draft pick was compared to Mike Williams by Walter Football and a “poor man’s Michael Crabtree” by NFL.com prior to the 2014 draft.
Prior to the draft NFL.com said:
“A rangy, sure-handed possession receiver with starter-caliber, positional traits. Lacks top-end speed and strength. As a 21-year-old, third-year sophomore entering the draft early, is still growing into his body and developing core strength. Comparing favorably to a poor man’s Michael Crabtree, Adams possesses very intriguing upside to be groomed.”
Of course, he’s had his own problems. I’m the same article as referenced above Demevaky said, “Every time it looks like rookie Davante Adams may take that job from Boykin, he drops a ball.”
The drops are something that could be blamed on him adjusting to the NFL game, however, and we would think he would correct the issue in time. Considering the offense he’s going to play in, as well as the injury questions to the top receivers and general questions regarding Boykin, there’s a lot to like.
At the end of the day, talent is going to win out. Couple that with the lackluster performances from Boykin and current ADP (Boykin is at 161.8 while Adams is generally going undrafted) and I’d be focusing on Adams as breakout candidate in all formats.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Walter Football, Fantasy Pros
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