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Brandon Boykin | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
College: Georgia
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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. Aug 5 - 4:46 PM

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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.
Aug 2 - 12:05 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.
Aug 1 - 8:02 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
Jul 11 - 11:27 AM

Eagles CB Brandon Boykin said being considered as a slot corner-only is "getting real old."

"It's two years running with this story and it's getting real old for me," Boykin said. "And I'm just going to continue to be the best slot in the NFL." Coach Chip Kelly promised Boykin an opportunity to play outside this season, but nobody sees that actually happening. Kelly lives by the mantra of "bigger people beat up little people," and likes bigger outside corners. Boykin stands 5'10/185.
Jun 3 - 8:58 AM

NFL teams reportedly believe Eagles CB Brandon Boykin can be acquired "for the right price."

Although Boykin is one of the NFL's top young slot corners, he hasn't been held in high regard by Chip Kelly, who values height-weight-speed specimens. Boykin can run, but stands 5-foot-9 1/2 and 182 pounds. Owed $1.542 million in the last year of his contract, Boykin is likely available for a mid-round pick.
Apr 29 - 7:10 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane doesn't think CB Brandon Boykin would net the Eagles anything more than a fourth-round pick in a trade.

McLane goes on to say he doesn't believe the Eagles have any plans to move Boykin. A slot corner-only, Boykin has long expressed his desire to play on the outside. He just doesn't fit the profile for coach Chip Kelly, who prefers longer, rangier corners on the perimeter. Byron Maxwell will man one of those spots with Walter Thurmond likely having the early leg up on the opposite side.
Apr 22 - 8:48 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Eagles are "willing to trade" slot CB Brandon Boykin.

Boykin is another Andy Reid carryover, and coach Chip Kelly is intent on building the Eagles his way. The former fourth-round pick is just 24 and has finished second and 19th, respectively, in PFF's cornerback rankings each of the past two seasons. At 5'10/185, he's a slot corner-only, but a good one. Salguero mentions the Dolphins as a team that would have interest in Boykin.
Apr 1 - 11:48 AM

Coach Chip Kelly rejected the notion of moving slot corner Brandon Boykin into a starting role.

Boykin is a bit undersized at a generously listed 5-foot-10, but we have no doubt he'd be an upgrade on brutally ineffective Cary Williams or Bradley Fletcher for the Eagles. Then he could kick back to his normal inside role in nickel packages, where he's been so dominant. But Chip doesn't want to hear it, continuing to prefer big players on the outside. It's good news for opposing quarterbacks like this week's opponent, Eli Manning.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Eagles slot CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Rams.

Boykin tweaked his hammy slightly while covering a punt against the Niners last week, but it was never considered serious. The Eagles are also getting RT Lane Johnson back from suspension, but won't have stud ILB Mychal Kendricks again. The rest of their inactives: QB Matt Barkley, CB Jaylen Watkins, C Jason Kelce, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DE Taylor Hart.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:33:00 AM

Eagles slot CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Boykin's hamstring tweak didn't appear too severe on Sunday as he was able to come back into the game. One of the game's premier inside corners still has a shot to play against the Rams in Week 5.
Source: CSN Philly
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 08:35:00 AM

Eagles slot CB Brandon Boykin left Sunday's Week 4 game at San Francisco with a hamstring injury but later returned.

Boykin went down while covering a punt. Thankfully for the Eagles, he made it back on the field as Boykin is one of the best inside corners in all of football. His backup is Nolan Carroll.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 05:07:00 PM

Eagles secondary coach John Lovett said Brandon Boykin "can get exposed" when asked to play outside.

The Eagles have no desire to move 5'10/180 Boykin out of his slot position, a role he excelled in last season. Outside CBs Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher will be backed up by new additions Nolan Carroll and Jaylen Watkins. Boykin was PFF's No. 2 corner in terms of coverage in 2013, behind only Vontae Davis.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 10:57:00 AM

Eagles slot CB Brandon Boykin (concussion) has been cleared and is practicing Thursday.

It's fantastic news for the Eagles as Boykin has been arguably their best defender all season long. Of course, he won't be relied on too heavily this week as Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery typically get most of their reps on the outside.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Eagles slot CB Brandon Boykin (concussion) is not practicing Tuesday.

Boykin is still going through his concussion protocol and hasn't been cleared to practice. His status for Week 16 against the Bears remains in question. If Boykin is held out, Patrick Chung and Roc Carmichael will replace him in nickel packages.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 11:50:00 AM

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