Appreciating Brandon BoykinBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Monday, December 30th, 2013
Boykin has had a Pro-Bowl caliber season.
He’s a versatile player who has excelled in whatever role the Eagles have asked him to play this year.
The 23-year old has finished the regular season with six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 17 passes defended, and two forced fumbles. He’s also been one of the team’s most effective special teams players. He’s often been the guy who has run down Donnie Jones’ punts to down them deep in opposing territory.
When you look at those turnover numbers that have come from a guy who isn’t a starter and doesn’t play on every down, to get that kid of turnover production is absolutely remarkable. But whats even more stunning is when you examine those turnovers even more closely.
Many of Boykin’s turnovers have come in big moments when the team has been in dire need of a big play.
In Week 2, Boykin forced a fumble before the end of the second half on a drive where San Diego was marching into the redzone looking to go up another touchdown.
In Week 5 against the Giants, Boykin made an incredible interception, taking a ball away from Hakeem Nicks that helped seal the road win against New York.
In Green Bay, Boykin picked off a pass in the redzone and returned it 76 yards. It was a game-changing play that helped the shift momentum in the Eagles’ favor.
In Week 11 against Washington, it was Boykin who came down with the interception in the endzone that stopped Washington’s comeback effort with 40 seconds left and helped the Eagles hang on for another win.
And much like he did against the Redskins, the young corner had another huge interception last night against the Cowboys, intercepting Kyle Orton at the end of the game to help preserve a two-point lead and win the Eagles their first division title since 2010.
That’s five games that Boykin has had a significant, game-changing impact on. He’s become an impact player who is thriving in his role with this team.
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