Will Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Brandon Boykin finally get a chance to contribute Sunday night in the team’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts? Judging by the comments made Tuesday by head coach Mike Tomlin, Boykin, who the team acquired during training camp via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, will likely at least get to play in the team’s defensive sub package against the Colts due to the team needing to shake things up in their secondary.
Boykin reportedly talked to the media Wednesday morning and as expected, he gave a lot of PC answers to the questions he was asked.
According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boykin said it’s been a “tough and frustrating season” so far for him but he’ll be ready Sunday night if ultimately given the opportunity to play against the Colts.
“The situation I’ve been in, it’s tough because you have to prepare every single week because you can be in at any time,” Boykin said. “That’s been hard for me, making that change or that transition, knowing that you have to stay ready because you can play. I have to attack it the same way. I never lost any confidence in myself the entire season. Once I get out there it will be exciting for me.”
So far this season, Boykin hasn’t even logged 25 snaps on defense through the team’s first 11 games and he could easily double that amount Sunday night even if he only plays as the slot corner in the Steelers nickel package.
According to Jacob Klinger of pennlive.com, Boykin nodded when he was asked whether or not he thought he could have contributed sooner this season if he had been given the chance to do so. Additionally, he reportedly said he’d like to remain in Pittsburgh past this season.
Being as Boykin is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, it’s almost certain that he will test free agency. Should he wind up playing well in the Steelers final five games, it’s almost certain that he that he will be wearing a different uniform in 2016.
I’ll update this post with more quotes from Boykin later on in the afternoon.