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Brandon Boykin | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (123) / PHI
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Panthers signed CB Brandon Boykin, formerly of the Steelers, to a one-year contract.
Acquired from the Eagles for a fifth-round pick last offseason, Boykin played surprisingly few snaps for the Steelers early in the season. He managed to work his way into a role midway through the year, proving once again he is an excellent slot corner. He should play between Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere in sub packages for Carolina. Mar 28 - 12:23 PM

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Free agent CB Brandon Boykin will visit the Panthers on Monday.

It's Boykin's first visit, though he's drawn interest from the Falcons. With Bene Benwikere moving outside, Boykin would play the slot in Carolina.
Mar 26 - 5:30 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler is "hearing" the Falcons are interested in free agent CB Brandon Boykin.

Inexplicably mothballed by Pittsburgh for most of 2015, Boykin will try to bolt town as long as the money is equal. He'd man the slot in Atlanta.
Mar 9 - 11:53 AM

Impending free agent SCB Brandon Boykin said he is willing to re-sign with the Steelers.

Boykin surprisingly rode the bench for most of the season, but he helped solidify the secondary after being inserted into the lineup Week 13. "At the end, the organization said they appreciated how I went about it, being a pro, not really talking about it," Boykin said. "I don’t have any hard feelings toward Pittsburgh. Absolutely, under the right circumstances, for sure [I’d return]." The Steelers certainly need help at corner, but Boykin is likely looking for an opportunity to play on the outside. It is unclear if he will find it on the open market.
Source: ESPN
Feb 16 - 9:59 AM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler said "don't be surprised" if impending free agent CB Brandon Boykin re-signs with Pittsburgh.

Fowler said he "sensed" Boykin would not be back in January, so something changed his tune. The Steelers secondary improved after Boykin was inserted into the lineup, and they would be smart to keep the talented slot corner around. Boykin has always wanted to be more than a slot corner, however, and he could jump if another team offers him an opportunity on the outside.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 9:56 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler senses impending free agent CB Brandon Boykin will not return to the Steelers in 2016.

Acquired from the Eagles for a conditional fifth-round pick prior to training camp, Boykin barely played the first 11 games of the season. He took on a bigger role after the bye week, but Boykin is likely looking for a more pronounced and consistent role.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 10:57 AM

Steelers CB Brandon Boykin played 40-of-58 defensive snaps Week 13 against the Colts.

Acquired from Philadelphia for a fifth-round pick in July, it was more snaps than Boykin played the first 11 games combined. With the secondary getting shredded in Seattle, DC Keith Butler decided to shake the unit up against the Colts. Boykin responded with an interception and two pass breakups. He should continue to see an increased role moving forward.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Steelers CB Brandon Boykin has played just 23 defensive snaps this season.

With slot CB William Gay battling a shoulder injury, Boykin might be forced into more snaps Week 8 against the Bengals. The Steelers gave up a fifth-round pick for Boykin in August, but he opened the season buried on the depth chart after initially projecting to be Pittsburgh's top slot corner. He'll be a free agent in March.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 08:59:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is giving "strong consideration" to playing CB Brandon Boykin in Week 2.

It remains a mystery as to why Boykin played zero snaps against the Patriots. Tom Brady carved through Tomlin's secondary like it wasn't even there. Boykin would almost undoubtedly be an upgrade on William Gay in the slot.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 03:37:00 PM

Steelers CB Brandon Boykin played zero defensive snaps Week 1 against the Patriots.

Beat writer Ed Bouchette's suspicions of Boykin opening the season deep down the depth chart were right. William Gay and Antwon Blake started on the outside for the Steelers, and Cortez Allen entered the game in sub-packages, pushing Gay into the slot. All received poor marks from Pro Football Focus in the opener.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Brandon Boykin is expected to open the season as the Steelers' No. 4 cornerback.

It sounds like he's been leapfrogged on the depth chart with William Gay, Antwon Blake, and Cortez Allen believed to be the top three. It's a sorry group and an extreme disappointment for Boykin, who was acquired from the Eagles on August 1 in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Boykin was routinely one of the top slot corners in the league in Philadelphia the past couple seasons.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 08:21:00 PM

Steelers CB Brandon Boykin opened training camp at right cornerback.

Limited to the slot under Chip Kelly, Boykin is getting a chance to play outside in Pittsburgh’s secondary. Boykin should start in base sets and move inside in sub packages. The Steelers lose a fourth-round pick if Boykin plays 60 percent of their defensive snaps, which sounds like a safe bet to happen.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 04:46:00 PM

The fifth-round pick the Eagles acquired for CB Brandon Boykin will upgrade to a fourth-rounder if Boykin plays 60 percent of the Steelers' defensive snaps this season.

Boykin only played 43 percent of Philly's snaps in 2014, and 51 percent the year before. He is expected to be a starter in Pittsburgh, however, and should easily clear 60 percent if he simply stays healthy. A fourth-round draft pick for an undersized cornerback entering his contract year is a relatively steep price to pay. Very clearly, the Steelers badly wanted Boykin.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:05:00 PM

Steelers acquired CB Brandon Boykin from the Eagles in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The pick can elevate to a fourth-rounder based on Boykin's 2015 playing time. One of the top slot corners in the league, Boykin is an immediate upgrade to a Pittsburgh secondary that ranked 27th against the pass last year. Boykin was undervalued by Chip Kelly for his lack of size, but still graded as a top-25 corner by PFF last season. He's essentially a one-year rental for the Steelers. Boykin is owed $1.542 million in the final year of his contract. He turned 25 early last month.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 08:02:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman said Brandon Boykin is "resigned" to being nothing more than a slot corner in Philadelphia.

Chip Kelly has told Boykin he can compete for an outside role, but Boykin does not fit the "big guy" preferences of the head coach. Boykin said earlier this season being considered only a slot corner has gotten "really old," but he will not be able to do much about as long as he plays for Kelly. Unless he is traded, Boykin will fill a limited role again this season.
Source: CSN Philly
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 11:27:00 AM

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