The Brandon Boykin we’ve seen so far at training camp is not the Brandon Boykin we saw last year.

He just looks different.

“I just have that confidence now” Boykin said Wednesday after another very impressive practice. “The game’s slowed down for me a lot since last year and I think it’s all starting to come together and I’m feeling better.

“It’s all in the speed and in your knowledge. The faster you can see things developing the more you’re able to make plays and that’s what’s happening. Once that knowledge and stuff upstairs kicks in you can kind of just let your athleticism take over and that’s what’s been happening.”

Boykin’s always been remarkably athletic. He runs and leaps like few other corners and that’s why the Eagles drafted him last year out of Georgia. He’s also just 5-foot-10 185 pounds which is why he didn’t get picked until the fourth round.

Talk about getting thrown into the fire. The Eagles released long-time nickel corner Joselio Hanson before the season began and Boykin found himself in the middle of a woeful secondary on a terrible team.

He got 505 snaps on defense about 31 per game and fifth-most among all Eagles defensive backs.

He battled. Even in the darkest moments of a dreadful year he battled. But yeah it was a tough year.

“I just tried to continue to play hard” Boykin said. “That’s all you can really salvage from last season. Play hard and make the best of it. It really developed some mental toughness for me. Winning four games in a long season like that especially as a rookie that’s about as bad as it can get.”

Veteran receiver Jason Avant likes what he’s seen from Boykin and said he was impressed with how he continued to fight last year despite being in a difficult spot on what was statistically one of the worst secondaries in NFL history.