The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Brandon Boykin. The 25-year old has played in every game of his three year career and started six of them.
He brings very good slot coverage skills and the potential to be a return man as well which could really help the Steelers lessen the burden for Antonio Brown.
What worries me is why this trade was made. I wrote last evening that rookie Senquez Golson was getting a second opinion on his shoulder and now I believe that must not have gone well.
Right now I see Boykin manning the slot position and nothing else which means he is either depth behind Antwon Blake or is the primary nickel for the Steelers. Reading the tea leaves as I often do, I think the direction of the Steelers with Cortez Allen is to allow him to sink or swim at his position.
There is obviously a long way to go in the Steelers’ preseason but I think some things in the secondary are starting to come into focus. Whether they are how the Steelers envisioned is another thing.