When it comes to Boykin, fans have to be cautious of over reacting to his rookie season. The numbers were lower than you would want them to be. There weren’t a ton of chances for Boykin to get the football. The Ravens used their tight ends as the biggest part of the offense. When they needed a big play from a wide receiver, Jackson looked to Brown or even to Willie Snead. Boykin didn’t get very involved in the offense and it wasn’t just because he was a little raw and unrefined. The moral of the story is that it is too early to make a verdict on him as a draft pick. He was a third round pick and because of that we knew that we had to let him develop a bit. Go into the 2020 season with realistic expectations for Boykin and you’ll probably be satisfied with what you get.
It’s also important to remember that we don’t really know what the receiver position will look like next season. It’s a clear area of need for the Ravens and Eric DeCosta doesn’t seem like the kind of general manager that just let’s needs be ignored. The one thing you can say about DeCosta is that he hasn’t allowed problems to swell into disasters. His mid-season patching up of the defense is clear evidence of this. The presumed additional help at the wide receiver position should make a big difference in what we can expect out of the receivers that remain a part of the offense. Brown and Boykin will probably be part of a completely changed receiving corps next year.
The one thing that Brown has going for him is that he has a great chemistry with Jackson. They seem to be in sync with each other. When nothing was going the Ravens way in the playoffs, Brown popped off some great plays. Jackson to Brown was one of the few positives to take away from the one and done trip to the postseason. It’s important for that duo to continue to grow together.