Former Georgia cornerback, current nickel back for the Philadelphia Eagles, Brandon Boykin is being called out as “sweet” by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. According to Brown, whichever receiver on their team gets Boykin as their cover man will be one lucky guy.
The Steelers (1-2) will be looking for a more advantageous matchup when they host the Eagles ( 3 1) Sunday, namely, whoever is matched up with Philadelphia’s third corner, rookie Brandon Boykin, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia.
“That’s the candy bar,” said Steelers Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown with a sly smile.Snickers or Milky Way?
“Snickers,” he replied.
At 5-9 and 182 pounds, Boykin doesn’t offer the same physical matchup problems as Asomugha (6-2, 210) and Rodgers-Cromartie (6-2, 182), a pair of physical corners who like to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.
That can disrupt the timing of an offense and allow the defensive line of the Eagles (3-1) more time to get to the quarterback.
But the Steelers feel like their passing game, which is averaging 284.3 yards per game, matches up with the Eagles well, particularly with Boykin.
…The Steelers feel he still has a lot of learning to do.
“ He’s all right,” said Brown. “He’s given up a lot of plays. Whoever gets that guy definitely has to take advantage.”
Of course, Brown has since reversed field on his statements a bit since that time, but the damage has already been done and this in-state match-up just got a little, for lack of a better word, sweeter for the Philadelphia Eagles.
As for Boykin, true to his good-natured roots, he’s willing to let his play do the talking. And, from what I remember of Boykin as a Bulldog, that’s a good thing.