The NFL’s best slot cornerbacks, No. 4: Brandon Boykin

This is a weird case. Boykin was traded by the Eagles to the Steelers last August for a low-round pick despite the fact that he was clearly the team’s best cornerback the year before. It initially looked like yet another example of Chip Kelly misreading which players work best for him, but then it also took the Steelers a long time to find a place for him in their defense. Still, Boykin played predictably well in the slot when asked, which came as no surprise seeing as that’s his specialty. The Steelers decided not to re-sign him this off-season, and the Panthers let him go soon after giving him a contract in March. He’s tried out for a couple of teams since, and there are rumors of a potential career-ending hip condition, though Boykin denies this. When he’s on the field, he’s still got it, so we'll have to wait and see where—or if—he lands as training camp grows closer.

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