Somebody had better get word to Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher that Brandon Boykin wants some playing time. We knew he was a tremendous athlete, but he’s starting to take his game to another level. His focus seems to keener. The cornerback has covering people like he’s a programmed robot or heat seeking missile.
At this point, I don’t see how they’re going to keep him off the field. You want this guy on the field more than just as a nickel back.
Williams hasn’t done much because of his strained hamstring, but Fletcher has been out there. He’s always near the guy he’s covering, but I’ve seen numerous passes caught over there on his side. I think Fletcher is having a good camp, but he’s not shutdown cornerback, Boykin has that potential.
The former Georgia Bulldog is smaller than both Williams and Fletcher, but he’s got better catch up speed and he’s quicker when it comes to changing direction.
I don’t know what’s gotten into Danny Watkins, but he’s starting to look like the guy the Birds said he was a few years ago. He’s strong and powerful at the point of attack and he doesn’t have any problem standing up to bull rushers, who are trying to get into the face of the quarterback.
Watkins is playing like he wants to compete for a starting job.
I also like the fact that he seems to be moving his feet and in better position against pass rushers. Watkins is also starting to play with some fire. He tries to finish his blocks. Take the defender down then maul him. Yesterday Watkins stepped in for Todd Herrmanns at right guard, because the starter tweaked his knee a bit on Monday.
Hollis Thomas told me the offensive line was mauling the defensive front on Sunday. I didn’t see but I will take Hollis’ word for it because he knows about line play.
I see potential in outside linebacker Chris McCoy, who has great size and speed. He’s probably the best linebacker they have next Connor Barwin when it comes to matching up with tight ends.