Eagles vs. Steelers Preview Q&A With Dale Lolley

Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. (USA Today Sports)

In this week’s installment of opposition research, we talked to Steelers beat writer Dale Lolley. We discussed how Pittsburgh will attack Carson Wentz, what key match-ups could determine the winner of the game and who will come out on top, among several other topics. Read more »

Boykin Gets His Shot At Brown

Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Boykin.It didn’t take long for Antonio Brown and Brandon Boykin to lock horns. Two plays, actually.

“I was guarding him and he was supposed to get the screen so I got my chance to hit him,” said Boykin. “Every play I wanted to hit him but it didn’t happen that way, so it’s all good.”

Following the play — which never got off the ground because of a bad snap — the two stood facemask-to-facemask and were jawing at one another, with a little shoving mixed in. Earlier in the week, Brown suggested that the Steelers would pick on the rookie corner. He referred to Boykin as “The Candy Bar.”

“He shut up after that,” said Boykin of the hit. “It was all pregame talk, whatever, when the pads come on everybody’s got to play.”

Boykin did cover Brown some, though the responsibility often fell to Nnamdi Asomugha.

“For the majority of the plays I would be on 84, not every play,” said Asomugha. “We knew that he was their guy that runs every single route that they have. And they try to feed him with screens and that type of stuff. Seventeen [Mike Wallace] was more the straight downfield guy. So I knew the action was going to come — I think we all knew it — and it was just competing.”

Brown ended with seven grabs for 86 yards, including a key 20-yard pick-up on third down on the Steelers’ final drive. Boykin was the closest defender to Brown on that play, though the defense was in a zone concept.

“I wasn’t going to let that get me out of my game,” said Boykin of the midweek trash-talking. “Eighty-four didn’t do anything I didn’t expect him to do. He didn’t do anything special, as well as their other receivers. They caught passes but we defended as well. It was a tight game. We have a lot of stuff that we need to get better at, a lot of things that we are going to get better at, and we’ll become a great team.”


Boykin Responds To Antonio Brown

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin.It didn’t take long for Antonio Brown‘s curious insult to make its way to Brandon Boykin.

“My phone was just blowing up after meetings,” said Boykin. “No matter what happens with social media now, you’ll find out anything. Actually my brother talked to me earlier, and he was more fired up about it than I was. He was like, ‘Man I want you to go out there and …’ I’m like, brother, just chill, it’s all good. Sunday we’ll see.”

The Pittsburgh wide receiver fired a shot at Boykin, saying that that he expects the Steelers to pick on him Sunday and called the rookie corner, ‘The candy bar.”

“I didn’t even get it. I was confused,” said Boykin. “It’s good. It’s doing nothing but giving me a little bit more attention. I have to go out and do what I do, and if I do it right, he’s actually helped me in a  sense. So tell him I appreciate it.”

Boykin was asked if the comments fired him up at all.

“Of course, but the game is not until Sunday so there’s no point in me rah-rahing in the media right now. I’m just going to let my game do the talking.

“I feel like I’ve done pretty good. Definitely have some things that I can improve on. I’ve been guarding great receivers since the season started, going from Anquan Boldin to Larry Fitzgerald to Victor Cruz, and I’ll continue to fight each and every week.”

The Georgia product has three passes defensed and 10 tackles through four games.

Players in the Eagles locker room seemed generally amused by Brown’s comments. Trent Cole, for one, was eating it up.

“I like their attitude over there. I like their attitide,” said Cole. “I think Boykin likes that challenge. I think it’s awesome to have that. If I was him, I would love to have that challenge; I would love to have somebody talking like that, because you know when it comes down to that moment, it don’t matter who’s better or who’s been there longer or who’s got a bigger contract, it’s: who is going to play best that night? Talk is talk, and let your actions speak louder.”


Antonio Brown Calls Boykin ‘The Candy Bar’

Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Boykin.Well, the Steelers are talking a little trash.

Receiver Antonio Brown is apparently not all that impressed with rookie corner Brandon Boykin, and expects Pittsburgh to pick on him. Via the Observer-Reporter.

The Steelers (1-2) will be looking for a more advantageous matchup when they host the Eagles ( 3-1) Sunday, namely, whoever is matched up with Philadelphia’s third corner, rookie Brandon Boykin, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia.

“That’s the candy bar,” said Steelers Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown with a sly smile. Snickers or Milky Way?

“Snickers,” he replied.

Boykin has had his share of difficult matchups each of the last two weeks, going up against the likes of Victor Cruz and Larry Fitzgerald on a number of occasions as the nickel corner. He has three passes defensed and 10 tackles through four games.

“ He’s all right,” said Brown. “He’s given up a lot of plays. Whoever gets that guy definitely has to take advantage.”