Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are the two cornerbacks that the Dolphins selected early in last years draft in an attempt to shore up a position which had recently seen the departures of quality starters like Sean Smith and Vontae Davis.
The inability to outplay Brent Grimes, Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll in training camp landed both Taylor and Davis a spot on the bench. Taylor had a sports hernia surgery then was dealing with a nagging groin injury while Davis needed to put on weight to be an effective CB.
The Dolphins are high on Taylor despite his low number of NFL snaps. When the Dolphins released Dimitri Patterson just before the new league year started in 2014, Taylor was seen as the man who would step in to fill the void. Then the Dolphins signed Cortland Finnegan. Signing the 30-year old former pro-bowler assures one thing — the battle for No. 2 cornerback opposite of Grimes will be one to watch this August.
Finnegan, who was once one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, had two down years in St. Louis that he blamed on injury. However, he has said that he is completely healthy and ready to return to his old form. This is good news for the Dolphins.
Finnegan, if nothing else, provides competition for the Dolphins’ two young cornerbacks. Whether it’s Taylor or Davis, if one of them wins the job in training camp, you can be assured they deserved it. Finnegan is motivated and hungry to regain his reputation as a shutdown cornerback.
If Finnegan wins the job, the Dolphins will have a strong pair of starters on the corners. If Taylor or Davis wins it, the same will be true. Competition, it brings out the best in players.
Danny Williams is a Miami Dolphins writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @DannyWeeumzNFL