As of yet, the Green Bay Packers don't know Randall Cobb's availability for the start of the regular season after the wideout suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday's preseason tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles. Though Cobb has two weeks to heal before Week 1, his potential absence along with that of Jordy Nelson (ACL tear) could force the team to look outside the organization for reinforcements. Should that happen, Green Bay might have an option with one of its former players: Jarrett Boykin.
According to the Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person, one-time Packers receiver may not survive the final cut in Carolina.
"Fans were calling for (Corey) Brown's head after his three drops against the Patriots, but Rivera made it clear the team is sticking with him. Jarrett Boykin continues to put pressure on (Brenton) Bersin for the final spot, but the coaches seem to prefer Bersin."
From the outside, the Panthers appear to have some of the slightest wide receiver depth in the entire league. No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin has already gone with a season-ending ACL tear, and second-round pick Devin Funchess has struggled with a hamstring injury. Allowing even a replacement-level pass catcher like Boykin walk seems a risky move for Carolina.
Regardless, it presents the Packers with a chance to snatch up a veteran player already familiar with their offensive system and roster. Boykin never set the world on fire during his time in Green Bay, but he can work effectively on the boundary, in turn allowing rookie Ty Montgomery to develop at a more natural pace.