Training camps are less than two months away. In the meantime, we examine key questions with the team heading into an important season.
Next we take a look at the Miami Dolphins' cornerback position, which lost some veteran players to free agency.
Biggest reason for hope: Brent Grimes
Grimes had one of the best years of any cornerback in the NFL last year. By midseason opponents stopped throwing his way and attacked other corners, such as former Dolphins Nolan Carroll and Dimitri Patterson. Grimes could have doubled his interceptions if he got more opportunities. Miami has one half of the field solidified, which can go a long way. The Dolphins also have the flexibility of putting their Pro Bowl cornerback on an opponent’s best receiver. It's a good luxury to have, regardless of what is going on at the other cornerback spots.
Biggest reasons for concern: Injuries and inexperience
The No. 2 and No. 3 cornerback spots are wide open. Aging veteran Cortland Finnegan is competing with second-year players Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. There are injury concerns with Finnegan, who struggled the past two seasons, and inexperience concerns with Taylor and Davis. Both young cornerbacks combined for just 104 snaps last season. The Dolphins believe Finnegan can revert to form. He signed a one-year contract this offseason and will be motivated to earn long-term security. Finnegan is the early leader to start. Taylor and Davis are both trying to make the second-year jump. The Dolphins need at least one of these young corners to provide depth to start or play in sub packages.