The Miami Dolphins have a luxury at the cornerback position, a luxury being filled by a Pro Bowl cornerback by the name of Brent Grimes.
It's after Brent Grimes where the Dolphins have a bit of a controversy, one that they hope is solved by the end of training camp in July.
The Dolphins have a logjam at the cornerback position and are currently on the hunt for who their second cornerback will be. In this piece, we will look at the potential second cornerbacks on the Dolphins roster and determine who will win the position.
Former St. Louis Ram and Tennessee Titan Cortland Finnegan has one edge in the cornerback race, the edge of experience in the league.
Finnegan is entering his ninth season in the league, and already he has a rather impressive resume going for him—he has 18 interceptions thus far in his career and a Pro Bowl appearance.
The downside to Finnegan is he has regressed in every season since 2008, which is when he last made the Pro Bowl. His regression made him expendable to the Rams, who released him just two years after signing a five-year deal.
A groin injury kept Jamar Taylor off the field last season for the Dolphins, as he missed seven games throughout the season and saw all four passes thrown against him get caught.
Despite that, Taylor has high hopes for his 2014 season, as do the Miami Dolphins. Taylor (like the rest of the 2013 Dolphins draft class) hopes to bounce back from a disappointing 2013, one that was marred by injuries and inactivity, as he explains in a report by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
“I felt down plenty of times,” he said late last season. “It’s frustrating. When you’re healthy, you don’t play much. When you’re not healthy, you don’t play. It’s tough when you see teams like Buffalo playing their rookies. I had great guys in front of me. [But] I got drafted here to help and I haven’t.”
Taylor isn't the only second-year player vying for the starting job as Miami's second cornerback.
Will Davis, a third-round pick from 2013, is the wild card of this race.
In terms of ball-hawking skills and forcing turnovers, Davis would be the best bet, as you would rarely find him too far away from the ball when thrown his direction.
Davis has shown his big-play ability during Miami's various minicamps and OTAs this season, which had quarterback Matt Moore telling Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: “He made a lot of plays during practice, you would like to see that in a game."
If Davis is able to show that in a game this preseason, he's a dark horse to earn the starting job.
Currently, I'd favor Finnegan for the job due to his experience, but keep an eye on Taylor and Davis, who both add different dimensions to the position for Miami and will both likely contribute from Week 1 throughout the season, even if neither of them earns the starting job.
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