Eagles Not Sure About Boykin, But Hopeful For Earl WolffBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Secondary Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
The Eagles may find themselves trying to cover the talented Chicago Bear wide receivers without one of their best coverage backs, Brandon Boykin, who is going through the NFL-mandated post-concussion protocol. He won’t be allowed to return to action until he passes a series of test and examination by a league-okayed neurologist.
That means there’s a chance he won’t play in the game versus the Bears. That will hurt the Birds in the secondary. I think Boykin is the Eagles best pure coverage cornerback. I would have liked Billy Davis to match Boykin up on Greg Jennings on Sunday. Boykin is the only guy on the roster, who might have been able to cover him.
Boykin will also be missed as a return man, but they can replace him with Brad Smith now. Smith showed us on Sunday that he’s a capable return guy.
The place he may be missed the most is as one of the “hawks” on the punt team that goes down first and downs the ball inside the twenty and ten yard lines. I don’t know who’s going to do that, it could wind up being Smith replacing him there as well.
We won’t know until later in the week about whether he will be back.
That’s the bad news, but the good news is that there’s a good chance rookie safety Earl Wolff will be back on the field. From what I’ve seen of the Birds safeties this season, I think the best combination has been Wolff and Nate Allen at the safety position. They are the best two athletes the Birds have at the safety position and hopefully Wolff will be healthy enough to go on Sunday.
“When Earl was in there with Nate (Allen), obviously those guys got in a flow and they were able to play off each other and I think that’s part of it,” Eagles GM Howie Roseman said on 94WIP on Monday night. ‘There’s a concert between those two safeties in making sure that they’re in harmony and they’re really breeding off and communicating with each other. When it’s piecemeal, it’s harder to do that. So we have to get those guys in a rhythm. Hopefully, we have to get Earl back here at some point because Earl was really coming on when he got hurt.
“We’ll know better this week as he goes out to practice. (Wolff) did a little bit more last week. He’s urgent. He wants to play. We have to make sure that he’s ready to go, because obviously that’s a position where if you’re not ready, people are going to exploit it.”
Eagles backup safeties Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson suffered injuries in the Minnesota game, so there’s a chance they won’t be able to play versus Chicago.
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