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June 4, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BENGHAZI. The Sixers' tanking strategy. Why Brandon Boykin doesn't start outside at corner for the Eagles. Three much-discussed topics on which little seems left to say. "That's 2 years running with this story, you know what I'm saying? It's getting real old for me," Boykin said after yesterday's OTA sessions. "I'm just going to continue to be the best slot in the NFL. I feel like I am. I feel like my statistics show that. " Boykin, 24, said he met with Eagles coach Chip Kelly during the offseason and was told the coaching staff wants him to compete for a starting job outside.
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September 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Eagles were anything less than 3-0, or 10-1 in their last 11 regular season games, the cries for more Brandon Boykin would probably be at a deafening roar rather than the steady drumbeat that has building since last year. The slot cornerback can't help but hear it. He wants to start and he wants to play more, but offensive game plans and the Eagles' inefficiency on defense aren't giving Boykin as many opportunities to make plays like he did last season. "I'm not going to lie and sit here and say that I'm OK with that.
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July 24, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - When Brandon Boykin returned home in mid-June to Fayetteville, Ga., he breathed a sigh of relief. The Eagles minicamp had just wrapped up, and finally he could take a break. After three days passed, boredom crept in. "You're ready to get back up there and get going," the 22-year-old cornerback said. "I'm definitely glad it's here. . . . I'm ready to see how I can do in this atmosphere. Everybody's excited. " Boykin, the Eagles' fourth-round pick in this year's draft, was among the team's rookies reporting to training camp Sunday afternoon.
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August 24, 2012
BRANDON BOYKIN was a ninth-grader at Fayette County High School in Georgia when he attended a basketball camp being run by then-Kentucky coach Tubby Smith. Before the games started, he had been dunking and showing off to the other campers. It was a neat trick, seeing as how he was only 5-8 at the time. (He has had a growth spurt since. Now he's 5-9.) If this sounds like the beginning of the kind of story that tends to grow over time, Boykin insists it isn't. "It's very true," he said.
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November 27, 2012 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss against the Panthers.  Click here  to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Wednesday's Daily News. RUSHING OFFENSE: No LeSean McCoy? No problem. Rookie Bryce Brown had an outstanding first half, rushing for 129 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run. Brown had four double-digit runs in the first half and gained 26 yards on a pair of direct-snap run. He rushed for 150-plus yards and two touchdowns, but also had two costly fumbles.
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March 14, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have already dealt LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, and Evan Mathis might be next. Mathis' name has surfaced in trade discussions, as NFL.com first reported, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly did not exactly shoot down the rumors when asked on Thursday. "I think in the last week, I think every person on this team was talked about on trade blocks," Kelly said. "We've had discussions about everybody and everything. As we put together models, there wasn't anybody who was untouchable.
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July 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
BY NOW, Pete Prisco's inbox is full of hate mail. The senior NFL columnist for CBSSports.com, recently published his annual list of overrated/underrated players for each team. And there are some big names on the overrated list, including running back Ray Rice of the Ravens, running back D'Angelo Williams of Panthers, wide receiver Wes Welker of the Broncos and (drumroll please) quarterback Nick Foles of the Eagles. Wrote Prisco about Foles: "Let's slow the train down some, OK. He did some good things last season, but you'd think he was a star already.
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March 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Chip Kelly's first foray into free agency in 2013, he sought two starting cornerbacks. The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. After releasing Williams last week and with Fletcher's contract expiring, the Eagles are again overhauling the position. They could find at least one - and maybe both - on the free-agent market this week. Free agents can sign with new teams starting on Tuesday, and their agents were allowed to begin talking to teams on Saturday. The Eagles will be armed with around $49.5 million in salary-cap space once the LeSean McCoy trade goes through.
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June 19, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In the mid-1990s, the Eagles had a cornerback named Mark McMillian, a wee thing who didn't cover wide receivers as much as he snapped at their ankles. McMillian was 5-foot-7 and 154 pounds and still started 47 games for the Eagles. It was a sight to see when he lined up on the outside against one of the Dallas Cowboys' starting receivers then, the 6-2 Michael Irvin and the 6-3 Alvin Harper, but he held his own, and the Eagles even won a playoff game with him in the starting lineup.
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June 4, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BENGHAZI. The Sixers' tanking strategy. Why Brandon Boykin doesn't start outside at corner for the Eagles. Three much-discussed topics on which little seems left to say. "That's 2 years running with this story, you know what I'm saying? It's getting real old for me," Boykin said after yesterday's OTA sessions. "I'm just going to continue to be the best slot in the NFL. I feel like I am. I feel like my statistics show that. " Boykin, 24, said he met with Eagles coach Chip Kelly during the offseason and was told the coaching staff wants him to compete for a starting job outside.
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June 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Boykin majored in journalism at Georgia. He knows a good story. But the Eagles cornerback has grown tired of the running narrative that surrounds his quest to become a starter in the NFL. He's talented and athletic, arguably the best slot corner in the NFL. But he's on the shorter side, or at least according to parameters set by the Eagles, and it probably has made cracking the starting lineup a difficult task as Boykin enters his fourth season....
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May 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' top two picks lined up against each other on the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, with second-round defensive back Eric Rowe covering first-round wide receiver Nelson Agholor during drills. This was notable not only because the two players are expected to be contributors this year, but also because Rowe played cornerback. When the two were last on a field together, Agholor played wide receiver for Southern California and Rowe played safety at Utah. Rowe, who has the ability to play both safety and cornerback, is starting his Eagles career at cornerback.
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March 14, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have already dealt LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, and Evan Mathis might be next. Mathis' name has surfaced in trade discussions, as NFL.com first reported, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly did not exactly shoot down the rumors when asked on Thursday. "I think in the last week, I think every person on this team was talked about on trade blocks," Kelly said. "We've had discussions about everybody and everything. As we put together models, there wasn't anybody who was untouchable.
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March 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Chip Kelly's first foray into free agency in 2013, he sought two starting cornerbacks. The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. After releasing Williams last week and with Fletcher's contract expiring, the Eagles are again overhauling the position. They could find at least one - and maybe both - on the free-agent market this week. Free agents can sign with new teams starting on Tuesday, and their agents were allowed to begin talking to teams on Saturday. The Eagles will be armed with around $49.5 million in salary-cap space once the LeSean McCoy trade goes through.
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January 1, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Among the many "isms" that can stir emotions in this country, heightism is low on the totem pole and, yes, the pun was intended. Nobody is going to lie down in the street or march in Center City because some short guy did not measure up in the eyes of the boss. There is, however, a growing sentiment among Eagles fans that the smallest of their favorite team's five cornerbacks is getting a raw deal and that it needs to stop now. Brandon Boykin, listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, is the most popular Eagles cornerback, which after this season is kind of like being the valedictorian in a class of one. What's puzzling is the reason that Boykin has not been given the opportunity to cover wide receivers on a full-time basis.
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December 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles listed Bradley Fletcher as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but what is without question is that the cornerback will not return next season. He may not be the only starter from the Eagles' beleaguered secondary headed for an exit. Safety Nate Allen's contract will also expire in the offseason. Cornerback Cary Williams has one year left on his deal, but all of his salary for 2015 isn't guaranteed. The Eagles could opt to move on from both their outside cornerbacks as they did two offseasons ago when Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie weren't brought back.
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December 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Vinny Curry had another quarterback sack on Sunday, and it was a perfect display of the player he is and the player the Eagles think he will always be. The Dallas Cowboys faced third and 18 in the third quarter, and Tony Romo dropped back and stood there like he couldn't cross an intersection until the traffic light changed, and Curry started from the left and came after him, pushing into two Dallas offensive linemen before spinning around them,...
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November 16, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fletcher Cox put a pretty good swim move on Amini Silatolu, but the left guard let him slip by because the Panthers were trying to set up a screen pass. Cox exploded into the backfield, and before Cam Newton could even set, the Eagles defensive end was in his grill. Cox, after more than 81/2 games of consistent pressure, finally had his first sack of the season. His teammates on the field and sideline celebrated as though they had pummeled the Carolina quarterback themselves. They knew how hard Cox had been working and how much he wanted something to show for his efforts.
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October 28, 2014 | By Mark Brown, For The Inquirer
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The game's biggest play came down to one key sign between the quarterback and the wide receiver. Carson Palmer's signal to wide receiver John Brown late in the fourth quarter was intended to break the Cardinals' rookie wide receiver from the Eagles coverage. Facing a 17-14 deficit, and third and 5 from his own 25-yard line with less than two minutes remaining, Palmer saw the two Eagles safeties positioned as "sticks," or side-by-side. Palmer signaled for Brown to move aggressively toward one of the safeties.
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