Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Miami Dolphins have two solid cornerbacks in Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan. However, with the suspension of Reshad Jones, it has forced them to decide between Will Davis and Jamar Taylor as the third cornerback as Jimmy Wilson has been moved to the safety position. In the preseason, it looked as if Davis had secured his spot as the third corner but Joe Philbin admits that he still has a lot of work to do.
“I think he’s done decent, but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. (He was) probably better in his first (game) than his second. He’s got to have tighter coverage a couple of times. One time he slipped. Obviously, a guy is wide-open if you slip and he keeps running, it doesn’t look very good. I think there is a lot of room for improvement. Not disappointed one iota in him. I think he’s going to be a good player. I’m looking forward to seeing him compete and get better this week.”
Towards the end of the game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, we saw Jamar Taylor replace Will Davis. Philbin said that it was part of the plan and wasn’t necessarily reflective of Will Davis.
“We don’t always hit our targets. Sometimes the game changes. The flow of the game is a little bit different and guys don’t always necessarily get the reps we allot to them. We always have a plan as to how, when and how many, but things change sometimes. He got into the game. We wanted to play him in the game. He got some snaps in the game, I’m going to say 10 or somewhere around that amount. It wasn’t necessarily just reflective of Will Davis. It had nothing to do with that.”
Coming into this year, it seemed that Taylor would be primed for a breakout year. However, we’re still waiting for that as he has looked hesitant at times and has failed to secure that third corner position. We’ll see as we move forward but the good news is that once Jones gets back, Wilson will move back to the slot and Davis, along with Taylor, can continue to learn behind the veterans.
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