Day two of camp is in the books, and it was definitely a little more sloppy than day one of camp. There were random incompletions by the quarterbacks and there were a few instances where the corners let themselves get burned on deep passes.
There were also a few changes made to the lineups on defense that caught my attention. With this being the last camp before the pads come on, this is the last "fake" practice before things really get serious and evaluations can really be made. With that said, here's what I saw out there today.
The Dolphins are more than happy to rotate linebackers
Yesterday I reported that Chris McCain was the favorite to win the SLB spot. Today I learned that this may not necessarily be the case. Today, veteran linebacker Kelvin Sheppard got most if not all the snaps at middle linebacker today, with Koa Misi lined up outside. Chris McCain on the other hand, spent most of his time on the second team, some of it even at defensive end.
From what I could see, Sheppard wasn't all that exciting. He played solid but there was no real excitement like there was with McCain. Sheppard is better at covering people, but McCain is far superior when it comes to pass-rushing. However, Misi is also good at pass-rushing from the outside.
I still maintain that McCain will emerge as the favorite to take the job at SLB, his amazing pass-rush skills and athleticism will earn him that while he practices his coverage skills. I expect McCain to go back to being the starter in tomorrow's practice, as the rotation and experimenting continues.
Zach Vigil moving up the depth chart
We've been waiting to see which one of the undrafted free agent linebackers was going to emerge as the leader to make the 53-Man roster (because you know SOMEONE is gonna make it), and it appears that it's Zach Vigil - former Utah State Aggie - that is out in front of his competition.
Today, Zach Vigil found himself playing as the second-team middle linebacker, with Jordan Tripp and Spencer Paysinger flanking him on either side. Vigil posted 163 solo tackles in his time at Utah State, with 16.5 sacks and 2 interceptions. But he still has Jeff Luc and Mike Hull behind him breathing down his neck.
This is the second observation involving the linebacker position, but it's probably one of the biggest unknowns that the team currently has. The pads come on tomorrow, and we'll see who emerges as the favorite tomorrow. Will Vigil remain the favorite, or will Luc step up again?
Jamar Taylor not locked in as second corner
I understand, it's a competition, everyone's rotating in and out, just like at linebacker and offensive guard. But I was not expecting to see Taylor being rotated as much as he has been so far. The three automatic players in the secondary are still Brent Grimes, Reshad Jones and Louis Delmas, but apparently there are very few players not allowed to compete for the second starting spot.
Today, Brice McCain and Jamar Taylor flipped from boundary to nickel all throughout the day, and not only that, Will Davis also had chances to play on both the boundary and nickel. Davis, for his part, got burned on a deep ball that fell right into the hands of wide receiver Michael Preston from Matt Moore.
I had fully expected for Taylor to lock things down quickly, but it's pretty clear the Dolphins are giving every player - not named Bobby McCain or Tony Lippett - a good opportunity to become the starter. Davis has been able to ballhawk as usual, but he's struggled to stay with receivers.
Taylor and McCain are the two guys truly fighting for the spot, and I will have to be keeping a very close eye on this battle as camp goes on. I still think Taylor will take the job as McCain is better in the nickel, but it's obvious at this point the Dolphins want to try out every possibility at not just corner, but EVERY position.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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