The best corner on the Philadelphia Eagles thus far may not be a name everyone is thinking about. His name is Brandon Boykin. Boykin has been all over the field thus far blanketing the likes of DeSean Jackson and being around or making plays on the ball seemingly at will.
Boykin showed flashes last season of the making of a productive nickel corner but took his lumps like all rookies do. He seems to have taken that next step in his career as his mental awareness of the game and physical skills seem to have improved in year two.
For the Eagles who seemingly have a help wanted sign up in the secondary, Boykin’s emergence could be a key development. There are no former or current Pro Bowlers at corner right now in the secondary, and frankly it is one if if not the biggest question marks on the team so a young player stepping up and taking the reigns is paramount to the defense’s ultimate success or failure.
Boykin has the capability of playing inside or outside, and that versatility will be important in covering the wide array of talented receivers in the NFC East. If veterans Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher can just be steady corners on the outside and the safety play improves a notch, this will give Boykin the ability to show his play-making skills and explosive athletic talents on the inside in the slot and on the outside when called upon.
Boykin so far has been the most impressive player on either side of the ball early in training camp. He wears No. 22, a number worn by another great Eagles play maker in Asante Samuel. If he continues to progress he could be the next great Eagles play maker adorning the 22 jersey.