Miami Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor is looking to impress in his third season with the team. It is no secret that the Dolphins have a lot of competition for the starting spot opposite Pro Bowler Brent Grimes, with at least six players vying to win the job. And defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is looking for someone to step up and separate themselves from the pack.
"It’s anybody’s job," said Coyle. "You can put yourself in position to go into training camp working with a first group or what have you, but a lot of that’s going to be determined when you start playing preseason games and you’re playing out here with pads - you really get a chance to completely evaluate these guys."
Taylor has plenty of experience in Coyle's defensive schemes, is entering his third season, and he said he has a full understanding of opposing offenses, schemes, and routes. He said he’s looking to “take it up a notch. I’m just trying to come out here every day and get better.”
A second round pick in 2013, Taylor was considered to be a first round talent by most scouts, but injuries dropped his stock. Those concerns proved valid as Taylor missed 11 games in his first two years. Taylor is playing fast and aggressive in camp so far, and appears to have the lead in the race to win that starting spot. And he’s caught the attention of his boss.
"I see a real spark in Jamar, the way he’s practicing.. ..in his overall mental attitude," Coyle explained after Monday’s organized team activities. "He’s confident, he’s determined, he wants to go out and win a job, realizes there is a lot of competition out there within that group. But each and every day he’s performed at a high level. That’s been very encouraging."
If he can stay healthy, this might be the year Taylor lives up to his pre-draft talent evaluation.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.