Miami Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor didn’t have quite the impact some of us expected as a rookie, especially consider the amount of pre-draft buzz he generated after a strong season at Boise State. Likely a solid No. 2 corner at the next level, Taylor barely played last season, but the second-year pro looks poised to be the starter across from shutdown corner Brent Grimes with veteran Cortland Finnegan having the edge as the slot defender after being signed to replace Nolan Carroll, who is shining in minicamp for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Starring for the Dolphins in minicamp is Taylor, who has put in strong performances throughout the offseason and was highlighted yesterday for his work defending passes. According to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald, Taylor continues to impress at minicamp, noting that he notched another pass defended in practice by breaking up a deep pass.
Another defensive back making big plays on the ball for the Dolphins is third safety Jimmy Wilson, who could vie for snaps in the slot if he continues to impress and is a Louis Delmas injury away from starting (I say Delmas, because he has a penchant for going down with knee injuries). The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Chris Perkins tweets that Wilson broke up a pass, adding that the 27-year-old Montana product is turning into a “playmaker” this offseason. Given how poorly Finnegan played last season (he’s not practicing today either), Wilson has a fair shot at earning nickel duties, so it’s worth keeping an eye on him.