Jamar Taylor vs. Richard Marshall: The Dolphins secondary struggled last year on its way to being burned for 3,974 passing yards and 60 pass plays of 20 yards or more. Thus, it wasn’t much of a surprise that they completely gutted their depth chart at cornerback.
Richard Marshall played just four games last year, missing the remaining 12 with a back injury. Reports indicate he is on the mend and will be ready for the beginning of the season, but he’ll have to hold off rookie Jamar Taylor for the starting job opposite Brent Grimes, signed by the Dolphins as a free agent.
Taylor (pictured) has an injury of his own to recover from, after he went under the knife to repair a sports hernia earlier this offseason. He was drafted in the second round for a reason, though, and the Dolphins clearly admire the ball skills he showed with six interceptions and 21 pass defenses over the past two years.
The loser of this battle will likely be moved to the slot, which isn’t too much of a loss at all, considering slot corners are typically starters in today’s NFL.