With Jalen Collins both suspended for four games and probably ineffective for the remaining 12, the Falcons worked out former University of Georgia, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers,
and Carolina Panthers corner Brandon Boykin. Boykin has been one of the better slot corners in the league, but is considered to be too undersized to play outside, and is therefore pretty limited.
Boykin apparently did not provide the Panthers with enough upside and flexibility to keep him around over a bunch of rookies. But Boykin could potentially be injured injured. Maybe both.
ESPN's Vaughn McClure got a bit of info from Dan Quinn.
Brandon Boykin going through extensive drills after practice— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 23, 2016
Quinn said Boykin looks quick and "rocked up" but still going through medical background— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 23, 2016
Waiting on medical suggests Boykin could be injured. The Panthers may have cut Boykin if he had some nagging injury. However, most teams have refused to keep Boykin around despite his impressive play. There may be other issues behind the scenes, but it is impossible to know.
While the Panthers don't place a lot of value in the secondary, corner is the
one defensive position Atlanta consistently covets. With the impressive but still very young Akeem King, Boykin would likely step into the slot corner position from the start.
If healthy, Boykin would help Atlanta's defense early on, if not through the entire season. He would be a nice pickup for the team.