Brandon Boykin is determined to prove he is no one-year wonder.
A year after he finished second in the NFL with six interceptions and led the Eagles in passes defended with 16, Boykin is still not satisfied with his performance as he enters his third season.
Speaking with Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk Friday, Boykin said that his goal in 2014 is to stay consistent throughout the season.
“The thing that I want to work on this year is being fundamentally sound throughout the entire year,” Boykin said. “For me, I started out really good fundamentally and then towards the end of the year your body gets tired … you start trying to slack up. If I can stay fundamentally sound I think I can capitalize on such a great year that I had last year.”
While he was easily the best playmaker in the Eagles' secondary last season, Boykin is still not a starter on defense. For the second straight season, Boykin will likely begin the season playing in the slot while Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher start on the outside.
Boykin isn’t looking to take anyone’s spot, however. He is perfectly fine with the role he has been given in Billy Davis’ defense.
“No, I don’t really have a preference, I am a slot corner,” Boykin said. “I specialize in the slot and I’ve had success there but I can also play outside.
“I played outside last year for a good amount when I was needed and in our scheme [the slot] is where I fit best. I have the talent and the ability to play outside but that’s not where I need to be right here.”
Last season, the Eagles’ secondary faced much criticism as the team’s defense allowed more passing yards than any other team. Despite this, Boykin defended the performance of the secondary as a whole.
With safety Malcolm Jenkins and corner back Nolan Carroll having joined the Eagles' secondary in the offseason, Boykin believes the unit will prove doubters wrong in 2014.
“It depends on how you look at it, but I think we had a really good season in terms of turnovers,” Boykin said. “We want to build on that … that was our first year in the scheme but we’re looking to capitalize on that. Everybody’s more comfortable this year so [we’ll get] more picks for sure.”
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