On Wednesday Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown referred to Philadelphia Eagles rookie cornerback Brandon Boykin as a candy bar, but Boykin refused to take the Halloween month bait On Thursday.
“That\’s the candy bar,” Brown said on Wednesday to the Pittsburgh media when referencing the Georgia product.
Boykin was asked on Thursday to rebuttal the comments made by Brown, that included a reference to the rookie getting eaten up on Sunday by whichever Steelers wide receiver lines up in the slot against him.
“That\’s his opinion,” Boykin said on Thursday. “That\’s funny to me. We\’re just going to continue to do what we\’ve been doing as a secondary and me as well. I\’ve guarded three Pro Bowl receivers the past couple weeks and we\’ve been doing pretty good as a secondary. We\’re 3-1, so just going to continue to do what we\’ve been doing and let all that talking and stuff, let that play itself out on the field on Sunday.”
Brown talked on Wednesday how Boykin has given up a lot of plays on defense for the Eagles through their first four games, but according to Pro Football Focus, Boykin has been targeted 22 times in total and allowed just 11 receptions for 144 yards, 61 of which came after the catch. He also has 3 passes defended to his credit. When you break that down by attempt, Boykin has allowed just 6.55 yards per attempt.
Boykin most likely will be lined up against Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday and he told the Philadelphia media that his response to Brown will come during the game.
“You\’ll see my comeback in the game, it\’ll be through my play, said Boykin. “I\’m not going to say anything directly to him. No need for me to.”
We shall see on Sunday how well the rookie responds to the candy trash talking of Brown and whether or not he melts under pressure at Heinz Field.