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Boykin Embraces Double Duty

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Cornerback Brandon Boykin has had a breakout year on defense as he leads the Eagles with three interceptions. However, Boykin is also an integral part of the team's special teams units as well.

For the past two weeks, Boykin has taken over as the primary kick returner. Against Oakland, Boykin returned a kickoff for 41 yards, the longest by an Eagle this season. He was back to return the kickoffs last Sunday in Green Bay, but did not get a return opportunity. Head coach Chip Kelly called the return situation a "fluctuating" one on Wednesday saying he will likely utilize a rotation. Boykin has no issue with stepping up and handling return duty if called upon.

"It's not a problem. The return game is just one play. You go out there, get a return and try to get as many yards as you can. I'm able to balance it," Boykin said. "I'm pretty much on every phase. It's a huge part of the game and I think we're improving. We're doing a great job of giving our offense field position and our defense."

Boykin played a total of 54 snaps on defense and an additional 23 on special teams in the win over the Packers. The Eagles also have Damaris Johnson, Bryce Brown and potentially new receiver Brad Smith in the mix as well at kickoff returner.

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