Steelers Film Room: Breakdown Of Brandon Boykin’s Seven Career Interceptions

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded for cornerback Brandon Boykin, I thought I would take a quick look at his seven career interceptions and break them down for you.

Boykin’s first career interception came in 2013 in the first game of the season against the Washington Redskins.

This is just a simple cover-2 defense with man coverage underneath. Boykin, in the slot, has inside leverage and trails wide receiver Santana Moss step for step before undercutting the route and picking off the ill-advised throw from Robert Griffin III. Notice how he gets his head around quickly to find the ball and how he stays in phase all throughout the route.

Boykin’s second career interception is a duplicate of his first and it came against the New York Giants and wide receiver Victor Cruz. Again, cover-2 with trail coverage. He walls off Cruz’s to the inside.

In the 2013 game against the Green Bay Packers, Boykin is able to quickly undercut a late throw by quarterback Scott Tolzien to wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The Packers ran the outside receiver on that side to the inside to free up space against a cover-0 defense.

You might remember this interception against the Redskins in 2013 as it came on the final play of the game. Boykin talked about it after the game. He had double coverage on the slot receiver and once that player broke to the outside, he looked to help elsewhere. Griffin threw the ball up for grabs and Boykin tracked it for a nice interception in the back of the end zone for the win.

Boykin’s interception for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in 2013 was a result of nice read on a zone drop in a cover-3 defense. Boykin passes off the slot receiver and wisely breaks on the outside curl route. Quarterback Jay Cutler was baited right into this one.

Late in the 2013 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Boykin picks off a very poor throw from quarterback Kyle Orton to wide receiver Miles Austin. Orton wanted to go to tight end Jason Witten on this play but he was double covered. Boykin never opens his hips as he has help behind him in this cover-1 defense and that allows him to click and close on the ill-advised throw that was thrown a bit behind Austin.

Boykin only had one interception in 2014 and it was a nice one against the Tennessee Titans. On this play, he walls off the No. 2 wide receiver and then finds the No. 1 wide receiver on the outside, who is breaking inside. Boykin breaks nicely on the route and finds the ball quickly.

  • Tony Richards

    Nice breakdown. He seems like a solid player. I wonder if this was a steal or if there was some flaw in his game the Eagles didn’t like.

  • 20Stoney

    I’m wondering the same thing. Seems strange to give up a good corner like that. I’d normally go to the other teams boards and see what their fans think, but Philly fans hate on everybody.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    It seems as if he gambles somewhat and all we see here are the great results, the INTs. I’m sure if we were to look further we would see instances of him getting burned as well or his deep help not being there. But I actually love what I see as I think the Steelers should gamble a little more, be more aggressive.

    Just look at those couple of plays where he only has a fraction of a second to make a decision, he leaves his primary responsibility, reads the play, and finds the football. All this takes place within 2 seconds! Great instincts! And I am willing to put up with the inevitable occasions where he will guess wrong. Boykin is a potential great find.

  • VIPSteel

    Tensions with the Phili coaching staff. He was angry over the fact that he played less than 50% of the defensive snaps and they wouldn’t play him on the outside.

  • 20Stoney

    Ok, I went anyway. Most of them were hating on the front office. Some on his lack of size, but overall sounds like he’s ok!

  • Joseph Cole-world Moore

    Its a combination of a lot of things upset he didn’t get to play more but that was a result of Chip Kelly liking tall corners opposed to small ones both Shephard and Rowe are 6’1″ and he drafted both. Shephatd will be playing the slot for Chip. And btw Philly fans loved Boykin was arguably their best DB, some would argue Jenkins but go to YouTube or the boards and you’ll see the love they have for the “Boy King”

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’ve said it before but just got say it one more time. A trade for an experienced Slot CB who might turn into a starter for possibly a 4th rounder, seems like a pretty good trade for the Steelers. I think this is a really good move.

  • Sdale

    I really like this trade. I like that he jumped a couple routes by reading the QB and a couple he ran the route better than the receiver.

  • dano

    if they’re hating his lack of size those are the fans drinking the chip kool aid! The way I see it, the eagles do have a nice CB depth chart with byrton maxwell and eric rowe plus former dolphin nolan carroll (all are 6’1 haha) so they just had no place for boykin, but still weird. They also have former hawk walter thurmond, another oregon guy, but think he’s moved to safety- where he’s never played! Chip kelly is just so weird..

  • Ike Evans

    His burn rate is pretty low actually and his yards per catch allowed is low as well

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Dave –

    Great article. Thank you for digging up these highlights. Again, one of my favorite things about this site.