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New Dolphins CB Zack Bowman aims for starting job

New Miami Dolphins cornerback Zack Bowman has had an interesting NFL career fighting for playing time.

In 2009, Bowman started 12 games for the Chicago Bears and led the team with six interceptions in his second season. It appeared Bowman was on his way to a prosperous career as a full-time starter. But he started just three games the following season and 16 games the next five seasons.

What happened?

“It’s all about timing,” Bowman explained Tuesday. “That’s my situation: I’ve always been a role player. Whenever I had an opportunity to start, I’ve always made the most of my opportunities.”

The fight for playing time continues for Bowman, 30, after signing a one-year contract with Miami this week. The Dolphins have a starting job available at cornerback this year opposite Pro Bowler Brent Grimes and Bowman wants to seize the opportunity.

Bowman will compete with Brice McCain and youngsters Jamar Taylor and Will Davis. It’s a crowded group, but Bowman has seven years of experience on his side.

“I met with the organization yesterday. They said I would have an opportunity to be a starter and I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Bowman said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m looking forward to competing with my teammates.”

Bowman also brings value on special teams. He played on multiple special-teams units during his stops in New York and Chicago. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey highlighted that as one reason the team signed Bowman.

Bowman also reunites with former college teammate and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The two are friends and played college football at Nebraska.

“He has a great personality,” Bowman said. “There’s people out there that kind of give him hassle about the way he plays and stuff like that. That’s just the way he approaches the game. And then off the field he’s even a better person as far as charity and donating, and doing things off the field for kids and stuff like that. I’ve known him for almost 10 years now.”