While the Miami Dolphins may be lacking in depth across their roster, one position you will not see listed in any of those discussions is that of the cornerback spot. Sporting six players capable of earning starting roles or solid game time this season, the position will definitely be one to watch during the preseason and training camp.
With Byron Maxwell serving as the non-official leader of the group, the cornerback spot also sports Xavien Howard, Tony Lippett, Cordrea Tankersley, Bobby McCain and now Alterraun Verner following his free agent signing earlier this week. A former rising star cornerback, Verner has endured a tough couple of years and was cut early in the offseason by Tampa Bay.
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However, there is not denying that Verner has had success in the past. At only 28-years of age as well, Verner has a shot in Miami to resurrect his career and become his old self once more. Going against a contingent of young corners as well, Verner will definitely be in for a shot at starting the season at cornerback for the Dolphins.
Even before Verner’s addition though, the Miami Dolphins were seemingly loaded with talent at the position. Xavien Howard — the team’s second round draft pick last year — and Cordrea Tankersley — the team’s third round draft pick this year — lead the names likely to be around for years to come at the position.
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Competing against these two players for starting jobs this year though is favorite Byron Maxwell and converted wide receiver Tony Lippett. With Maxwell seemingly locked into a starting role, it will be interesting to see how the battle between the two youngsters and the two veterans goes down in the coming weeks.
While I don’t see Verner or Tankersley earning a starting role — Verner could knock off Bobby McCain for the nickle cornerback spot — it will be interesting to see if the raw athleticism of Lippett prevails or the pure cornerback talent of Howard gets the job. Overall though, the future looks to be bright for the Miami Dolphins at cornerback thanks to the amount of talent now possessed at the position.