Philadelphia Eagles: Stock Up, Stock Down On Defense

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Oct 26, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) reacts as he leaves the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Down: Brandon Boykin, Cornerback

Just like Kendricks, cornerback Brandon Boykin has been involved in multiple trade rumors this offseason. Due to his size and the fact that he isn’t a “Kelly guy”, Boykin is clearly on his way out of Philadelphia. The team acquired a total of six defensive backs this offseason between free agency and the draft, that clearly shows that they’re not that high on Boykin’s ability. Although he’s an outstanding cornerback, it doesn’t seem like the team views him as more than a slot cornerback because of his size.

Boykin is also on the final year of his rookie contract and could be moved before the 2015 season begins. Thurmond has been primarily a slot cornerback during his NFL career thus far so it’ll be interesting to see if either him or Boykin will start on the outside and then who will play in the slot. Assuming Rowe plays cornerback as Kelly has referred to, that could mean Thurmond and Boykin will battle it out for the slot cornerback position which Boykin has held for quite sometime in Philadelphia.

In just three years in the City of Brotherly Love, Boykin has become a fan favorite. But it’s clear that Kelly and the Eagles’ staff aren’t as high on him. Although they’ve said that he’ll get a chance to compete for the outside cornerback starting job opposite of Maxwell, I’ll believe it when I see it. If that’s the case, why wasn’t he given the chance when the cornerback situation was much worse in previous seasons? It just doesn’t add up and Boykin’s stock looks to be on the decline.

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