Marshall cut makes Patterson starting CB

The Miami Dolphins released veteran cornerback Richard Marshall Tuesday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Marshall also posted on his Twitter account that he appreciated the opportunity but it was time to move on.

What does this move mean for the Dolphins? Let's examine.

  • Marshall’s release means veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson is Miami's Week 1 starter opposite Brent Grimes. Marshall and Patterson were splitting reps with the first team in training camp and the preseason. But Patterson showed more athleticism and consistency.

  • This also means at least one of Miami’s rookie draft picks must be ready to step up in a reserve role. Second-round pick Jamar Taylor or third-round pick Will Davis will have to step into the nickel role. Davis is the early leader after a strong training camp. Taylor was drafted a round higher but has been dealing with multiple injuries.

  • Marshall’s tenure in Miami can be viewed as a disappointment. He signed a three-year, $16 million contract in 2012 and didn’t make it past his first season. Marshall suffered a back injury in 2012 and played in just four games. Marshall simply didn’t look explosive when he got back on the field this summer and it was time for both sides to move on.