Miami Dolphins: CB Jamar Taylor Will Start This Season
The Miami Dolphins spent one of their second round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft to fill a need at corner by selecting Jamar Taylor of Boise State with the 54th overall selection. Taylor was supposed to be able to come right in and compete with former Dolphins Dimitri Patterson and Nolan Carroll for the starting corner spot opposite free agent acquisition Brent Grimes.
After dealing with a hernia and kidney damage through his rookie season, Taylor was able to only see 45 snaps and nine games. Many fans were already labeling him as a bust, which is something many fans tend to do look at TE Michael Egnew and G Dallas Thomas as.
It was also reported that Taylor almost quit football. No, not because he did not think he had the talent. Not even because he thought he could not make it. Taylor had lost the drive and passion for the game. Or so he thought.
Taylor has rekindled that fire and passion for the game within himself and is looking towards making an impact for the Dolphins this season. And he will need to. The Dolphins have lost both Patterson and Carroll, both of which played significant time for the team last season. The Dolphins also have another unproven second-year player in Will Davis, a third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Taylor and Davis will be competing with nine-year pro, Cortland Finnegan, for the starting gig opposite Grimes this upcoming season. Davis is a bit raw, therefore I do not expect him to compete heavily for that position next season. But with Finnegan’s age and speed being a concern, Taylor should have no problem winning that competition.
Taylor, who possesses 4.39 speed and bench pressed 225 pounds for an astounding 22 reps at the 2013 NFL Combine, was one of the more coveted corners in the 2013 NFL Draft due to his athleticism, ball skills and his ability to play very physical with receivers despite his 5-foot-10, 195 pound frame.
Taylor, who plays very similar to Grimes, would give the Dolphins a young corner to groom while Grimes finishes out his contract/career in South Beach. Taylor and Grimes could potentially give the Dolphins one of the better corner duos they have fielded since the Pat and Sam show ran wild.
Watching Taylor and Finnegan compete this summer will surely be one of the better battles the Dolphins will have on their hands at any position, but there is no doubt in my mind that Taylor should be ready and able to seize the opportunity and create quite a good corner duo with Grimes for the Dolphins this season.
What do you think? Can Taylor win the job opposite Grimes? Do you think he is a bust? Leave me a comment below!