When the Eagles are on defense, Brandon Boykin spends more than twice as much time on the sideline as on the field. He’s not happy about that.
Boykin, the slot cornerback who has played 32 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps through three games, says he wishes he were a starter and doesn’t like having to sit out so often.
“I’m not going to lie and sit here and say that I’m OK with that. I want to play more,” Boykin said, via Jeff McLane of Philly.com. “I want to be on the field. And I’m not playing as much because of the situation and that situation is frustrating to me.”
Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis says Boykin is good, but for Philadelphia’s defensive scheme, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams are better on the outside, which means Boykin only takes the field when the opposing offensive personnel dictates that they put a third corner in the slot.
“I can’t say this enough: I love the guy and I love what he brings and I love him in the nickel spot. There’s only 11 spots on the field. If there were 12 he’d be out there,” Davis said. “If you want to start him at corner, then you say he’s better than Fletch and Cary out there. Obviously we start who we think are the best players at those positions.”
Boykin obviously believes he’s good enough to be one of the 11. And he won’t be satisfied until he is.