I’m taking the unusual step of writing this to you because I feel like you deserve some answers and we the fans of the Steelers do too. I was really pleased when the Steelers traded a conditional draft pick to get you out of Philly back on the first of August because I thought (as did many others) that you would be a great asset to our struggling secondary.
I saw all of your preseason action for the Steelers and felt pretty good about what you could bring to the table (as did many others) whether it be as a slot cornerback or a guy on the outside. Honestly, we just weren’t used to seeing a guy with your cover skills so the excitement level was pretty high! You must be as shocked and utterly dumbfounded as we are as to why you aren’t playing.
We heard after the first game it was an injury but you told Mark Kaboly of the Trib you were good to go. The fact that you were not on the field against the Patriots was truly a stunner to all of us and it certainly appeared that way to you as well. You went on to tell Mr. Kaboly that you hadn’t spoken to the coaches about why you didn’t play any defensive snaps. You made it pretty clear however that if you didn’t find out soon you would get some answers from someone.
[Update: This is a tweet from Brandon’s wife in response to this letter and another tweet.]
— Tess Rary Boykin (@tess_rary) September 30, 2015
Here we are headed into our week four match-up with Baltimore and I can only imagine your frustration. In three games, you’ve played just 12 snaps on defense for the Steelers. Do you think they are doing this to keep your snaps under 60%? Is it because you don’t fit the “tackle the catch” scheme currently favored by the team?
I (as do many others) think you’re the best cover guy on this roster yet you are forced to watch just like we are. I tweeted at you the other day asking for a follow so I could DM a question to you. I did this to give you a voice because I know you have to have a lot to say.
Then again I can understand if you are just ready to move on. The Steelers’ ship has sailed in your eyes and I can’t blame you one bit. In fact, I heard through the grapevine today that you are considering asking for your release. Again, don’t blame you at all.
Hopefully you’ll get the call a lot more often against the Ravens and my letter to you will be a moot point but you and I both know that isn’t likely. I (and many others) would love to hear your side of the story so hit me up.
I wish you the best.