CB Vontae Davis already had lost his starting spot with the Dolphins to free-agent newcomer Richard Marshall, but Davis did provide Miami with a solid group of corners to trot out in sub-packages with Davis, Marshall and Sean Smith, who has had a strong camp. After trading Davis to the Colts for a second-round pick and a conditional sixth-rounder, the CB position is a bit thin in Miami, and the onus is on third-year CB Nolan Carroll to step up.
We hear that Carroll has played well during training camp and he will be the team’s outside corner when in the nickel, with Marshall covering the slot. Two of the Dolphins’ division opponents, the Patriots and Bills, run spread offenses, so expect Carroll to see plenty of time on the field. He had two passes defensed against Dallas in the preseason finale, but also had a pass interference call. Carroll came out of college with raw ability, but he has shown he has the speed and athleticism to stay with receivers.
In the next few days, expect the Dolphins to scour the waiver wire for more depth at corner. Quinten Lawrence is currently the team’s No. 4 corner, and he hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2009.