GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jarrett Boykin wasn't sure what the big deal was.
The Green Bay Packers' second-year wide receiver had caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown to help his injury-depleted team to a home victory over Cleveland on Sunday.
It never occurred to him that such a performance in his first NFL start — with fellow wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones sidelined by injury — might be considered newsworthy.
It took wide receiver Jordy Nelson and a public-relations staffer to convince him to stick around for what would turn out to be an extended session at his locker with reporters.
Asked Thursday about his attempted quick getaway, as he prepared to make his second straight start Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome, Boykin smiled.
"I'm just used to taking off and just going. I didn't know I had to stay," said Boykin, who would try the same thing in college at Virginia Tech — even though he left there as the school's all-time leader in receptions (184) and yards receiving (2,884).
"I don't really like giving interviews. I don't really like to draw too much attention."
It's too late for that, as Boykin's play has gotten the Vikings' attention.
"Last week, not a whole lot of people knew about him. Now, they do," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday.
"He has to overcome that challenge of people now have film on him, how are they going to play him and how are they going to game-plan (him)? That's all part of being successful in this league."
While Boykin chuckled at the suggestion that the Vikings would be concerned about him, "I mean, I don't necessarily think people are scheming for me or anything," he said.
There's no doubt the Packers will be counting on him again this week.
With Cobb on injured reserve with the designation for return (the earliest he could play is Dec. 15 at Dallas) with a broken leg and Jones unlikely to play after sitting out practice again Thursday, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Boykin is likely to see Aaron Rodgers throw some passes his way.
And with tight end Jermichael Finley out after suffering a frightening neck injury, the Packers will be relying on previously unheralded players such as Boykin.
"If you have a player truly say, 'It's not about me, it's about the team,' then he would be one of the guys who'd be, as they say, the poster child of that campaign," wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said.