Of the regulars in the Eagles secondary, Brandon Boykin would seem to have the tightest grip on his position.

Every spot is said to be open, but if another slot cornerback was to emerge ahead of Boykin by the start of the season, it would be a surprise.

And yet, despite his solid status inside, Boykin still yearns to start on the outside.

"I know, without a doubt, I can be a starting corner," Boykin said Wednesday after the second day of minicamp. "The coaches know that I have the capability."

And what if he was the most capable? The competition isn't exactly fierce. Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, acquired through free agency, have generally run with the first team this week and would seem to be the front-runners. But neither is a shoo-in.

The 5-foot-10 Boykin (the Eagles listed him at 5-9 last season) doesn't exactly fit the Chip Kelly mold for outside cornerbacks, though. The new Eagles coach likes his defenders to be tall and rangy. But he may have the greatest upside because of his athleticism.

"He knows what type of athlete I am," Boykin, 22, said of Kelly. "He knows the ability I have, whether it's my vertical or my speed. I can't really help my height and I know the coaches have a lot of confidence in me and I just want to really maximize it."

Highlight reels of Boykin's high school dunks have been on YouTube for years, but recently someone posted video of his dunks for the Eagles' pickup basketball team. Boykin said Kelly and some of his coaches watched.

"They were watching the game from a couple of weeks ago, seeing me dunk, and [Kelly] was like, 'Just don't get hurt,' " Boykin said. "He knows I won't have a problem with a jump ball."

Kelly did not dismiss the idea of Boykin's playing outside. But he added that he won't have a true grasp of the cornerbacks until the players don pads at training camp.

"He can play man-to-man," Kelly said. "But now we'll get a chance to see how he fits in [defensive coordinator Bill Davis'] scheme. What was he asked to do in that scheme last year? I don't know."