Brandon Boykin may have been the most impressive member of the Philadelphia Eagles secondary on Monday night. He continued his strong preseason with an interception, two passes defended and a few pressures on the quarterback.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Eagles fans. Boykin had a fantastic training camp where he was always around the ball and making plays. He is an explosive athlete with great leaping ability, which helps him make up for his lack of size against bigger receivers.
Boykin’s responsibilities mainly lie in the nickel role, where he covers the opposing teams’ slot receivers. This may change in Week 2. Bradley Fletcher suffered a concussion on Monday night, running into his own teammate Demeco Ryans. This will force Boykin into an expanded role. Boykin has looked pretty impressive in limited duty on the outside, but we will have to wait and see how he performs when thrown into the fire for a full game.
My guess is that he thrives. Boykin is a competitor. He won’t ever back down from a challenge. Coaches and scouts have been telling him he is too small his whole life. He takes this as a personal insult and plays with an even bigger chip on his shoulder. While the Eagles secondary has been questioned throughout the offseason with a bunch of new faces, one man has blocked out the noise and just done his job is Boykin.
Boykin faces a new challenge in his career on Sunday in playing on the outside for a majority of the game. He has faced and beaten all the other challenges in his life. I expect him to do the same on Sunday.