The first thing I said to myself after hearing that Brandon Boykin had been traded to the Steelers for a conditional fifth round pick was, steal.
The cornerback needy Steelers, who have had a myriad of losses on defence over the past couple of seasons, traded for a starting calibre corner who in 2013 had six interceptions!
That kind of takeaway ability is exactly what the doctor ordered for a Steelers secondary that only managed 11 interceptions in 2014.
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The Steelers this offseason have placed takeaway ability, or as Mike Tomlin would say "splash play" ability, as a premium when it comes to adding talent to the roster.
The addition of Brandon Boykin via a trade continues this agenda, after a draft where they added notable ball hawking defensive backs in Senquez Golson and Gerod Holliman.
Boykin will hopefully join the starting line up to compete for a position on the outside, a position he always wanted to play in Philadelphia. While some will criticise the fact that he is only 5'10, I believe his ball skills and athleticism are more than enough to help him grab a role as either the second or third string cornerback.
Now whether or not any of the above mentioned players see on field action this season remains to be seen. Training camp has only just begun, but it does give us an idea of the new attitude Keith Butler wants to install on defence; get lots of takeaways.
The Steelers boast one of the best offences in the league. Giving that offence a few more drives would be most beneficial.
One last thing to note, Boykin has experience in the return game, which gives him extra value to the Steelers as their return game duties are mainly handled by star receiver Antonio Brown.
As of right now, the Steelers added a quality player to their team, only time can really tell what impact he will have on the 2015 Steelers season.