Thursday, December 25, 2014

Steelers Plan To Pick On 'Candy Bar' Boykin

After solid performances against Cleveland and Baltimore, Brandon Boykin has struggled a bit in the Eagles’ last two games.

Steelers Plan To Pick On 'Candy Bar' Boykin

Brandon Boykin may have to cover star Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on Sunday. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Brandon Boykin may have to cover star Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on Sunday. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

After solid performances against Cleveland and Baltimore, Brandon Boykin has struggled a bit in the Eagles’ last two games.

The rookie nickel corner took some licks from two of the best wide receivers in the game – the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald and the Giants’ Victor Cruz.

The Steelers have watched the tapes of those games and seem to think they are going to be able to take advantage of Boykin on Sunday at Heinz Field.

"That’s the candy bar," wide receiver Antonio Brown told the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter, a suburban Pittsburgh newspaper. "He’s given up a lot of plays. Whoever gets that guy definitely has to take advantage."

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Boykin has been targeted 22 times in the first four games and allowed 11 receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown, per Pro Football Focus. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been targeted 20 times and given up 8 catches for 142 yards and no touchdowns. Nnamdi Asomugha has been targeted 15 times and given up six catches for 134 yards and one touch

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