Eagles trade Brandon Boykin to Steelers

August 2nd, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Filed under Eagles, Football, NFL.

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to multiple reports. The news has also been officially announced by the Eagles.

In return, the Eagles will be receiving a conditional 2016 fifth-round draft pick, which could turn into a fourth-round pick according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

Boykin was never able to crack a outside starting spot in his tenure with the Eagles. He was used primarily as a slot corner in nickel formation, despite being hopeful for an opportunity to start. The writing seemed to be on the wall for Boykin last season when he was never able to start on the outside over Bradley Fletcher or Cary Williams. Chip Kelly and Billy Davis prefer tall and long cornerbacks, a prototype that Boykin does not fit.

In three seasons with the Eagles, Boykin had seven interceptions including six in the 2013 season.

With Boykin gone, the slot cornerback job is yet another very key position battle to watch in training camp. One of the lead candidates is expected to be rookie JaCorey Sheppard, who shadowed Boykin and was a standout this spring. Also in the mix with Shepherd, are E.J. Biggers, Randall Evans, Jaylen Watkins, and potentially Walter Thurmond, however he seems to be the favorite to start opposite of Malcolm Jenkins at safety.

 

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