It's only the first few days of OTAs so a lot of caution must be thrown to the wind but it's hard to ignore the fact that Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Tony Lippett pulled in three interceptions during Monday morning's practice. The three interceptions came during 7-on-7 drills off of Matt Moore (2) and Josh Freeman (1).
Count head coach Joe Philbin as someone who came away impressed with Lippett.
“He doesn’t have a ton of position experience there in games, but he seems to be a guy that’s learned the system pretty well. Every rep that he gets is extremely valuable at this stage of his development. I caught a couple of them, I was bouncing back and forth, and he went up and high-pointed one of the balls. He was in the right place at the right time.”
Lippett is an intriguing prospect because he played the wide receiver position at Michigan State. While he did jump to the other side of the ball from time to time, he made his reputation on offense. That changed when the Dolphins drafted him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and immediately announced that he would play the cornerback position. In his post-draft conference call with the South Florida media, he didn't back down from the challenge that awaited him.
“There are a lot of 6-foot-3 wide receivers in the league, but there’s not a lot of 6-3 corners. With the league becoming a passing league with great wide receivers, I guess it could create a difficult matchup with me for the receivers. I am just going to try to learn, practice as hard as I can and learn from the veterans. It’s a challenge that I’m willing to take and just embrace it.”
If Lippett can continue his impressive work on and off the field and maintain the consistency throughout training camp, he can find himself on the field more often than not during the 2015 season. However, that's a big task to accomplish, especially when you're a rookie in the NFL. He'll be one player to definitely keep an eye on over the next several months.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs