Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher was officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers Friday afternoon after suffering a concussion late in Monday night’s season opener in Washington.
The Eagles are already paper thin in the secondary, especially at cornerback, with Curtis Marsh still recovering from a broken hand.
Fletcher’s injury clears the way for second-year cornerback Brandon Boykin to get the starting nod opposite Cary Williams against Philip Rivers and company at Lincoln Financial Field when the teams kick off at 1 p.m. Boykin recorded his first career interception off Robert Griffin III in the first quarter of Monday night’s 33-27 win over the Redskins.
Boykin and his teammates certainly benefited on Monday from a game plan that called for heavy pressure on Griffin III and allowed the secondary to make plays through the passing game as a result. Philadelphia posted three takeaways. Don’t expect Boykin to remain on the outside for the entire game, as he is much better and physically suited to play in the slot.
Depending on what packages first-year defensive coordinator Bill Davis dial up against the Chargers, rookie Jordan Poyer could see his first action of the season, as could Brandon Hughes, who was recently re-signed after reaching an injury settlement in August.
Regardless of who is on the field, the Eagles’ defense will be tested by the sheer physical size of San Diego’s receiving corps. Malcom Floyd (6-foot-5) , Keenan Allen (6-foot-2) and tight end Antonio Gates, who stands at 6-foot-4, all figure to play major roles in head coach Mike McCoy‘s game plan.
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