A Look at our Cornerbacks

#21 Brent Grimes – 5’10” 190

Brent Grimes

Brent went undrafted coming out of Shippensburg University in 2006. He was allocated to the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe, in which the Sea Devils won the Championship. Grimes then signed on with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. In his 6 year career with the Falcons, Grimes established himself as one of the better cover corners in the NFL, with 13 INT’s in 4 years. In 2010, Grimes had finally become a full time starter. In 2012, Grimes suffered a torn achilles, which led to the Falcons letting Grimes become a free agent.

The Dolphins were more than happy to take a chance on the talented CB, and signed him in 2013. In 2013, Grimes started every game for the Dolphins and in impressive fashion, coming back from a brutal achilles injury. Grimes had 4 INT’s (1 for a TD), 60 tackles (52 solo) and 16 passes defensed. Quite a season 1 year removed from a torn achilles. In 2014, Grimes continued his excellent play, and made possibly the play of the year going high and reeling in an INT with one hand in similar fashion to the great catch by NYG WR Odell Beckham Jr. Grimes finished with a team high 5 INT’s (1 for a TD), 1 FF, 13 passes defensed, and 58 tackles (48 solo).  This fiery CB will no doubt be starting at LCB for the Dolphins.

#25 Jamar Taylor – 5’10” 200

Jamar Taylor

Jamar Taylor was drafted out of Boise St. in the 2nd RD of the 2013 NFL Draft, pick #54. Very fitting I’d say, if any of you are old enough to remember the TV  sitcom “Car 54”, and the famous line “Car 54, where are you?”. Dolphins fans can easily mutter “Pick 54, where are you?” Since being drafted relatively high, Taylor has only played in 21 games, and has only started 3. BTW, this is the Vontae Davis draft pick we received in the trade with the Colts.

In 2 seasons, Taylor has 34 tackles. When drafted, Taylor came in injured (Sports hernia). Were any of Ireland’s early picks healthy in that draft??? Dion Jordan and Jamar Taylor, the very first picks were damaged goods, and we’ve been suffering through this for 2 years now.

Taylor has talent, and that’s why he was drafted in the 2nd RD, but his body continues to fail him. Hopefully he can finally get healthy and truly compete to lock down a starting spot at CB.

#29 Will Davis – 5’11” 186

Will Davis is all smiles after the Dolphins stopped the Patriots on fourth down to secure the win for the Dolphins. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium. Miami, FL. 12/15/12. Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel.

The Dolphins selected Will Davis with the 93RD pick in the 3rd RD of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Utah St. Davis has played in 15 games with no starts for the Dolphins. Last season, Davis had his ups and downs until he suffered a torn ACL and was done for the season after the Dolphins defeated the Bills 22-9. Davis got hurt on ST’s where he was the gunner. Another guy with potential, but so far, still very much a question mark.

#24 Brice McCain – 5’8”185

Brice McCain

McCain was drafted in the 6th RD (188th pick) in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He played 5 years for the Texans playing in 70 games, with 10 game starts. In that time, McCain mostly was the nickel corner (slot CB). In the 5 years with the Texans, McCain 33 passes defensed, 5 INT’s and 92 tackles (74 solo).

McCain played for the Steelers last season, playing in 14 games, with 9 starts. He played both on the outside and in the slot, as he did occasionally for the Texans. McCain had his best production last year with 3 INT’s (1 for a TD), 1 FR, and 21 tackles (10 solo). As of now, McCain is going to compete for the slot CB position, but may also be considered for the perimeter, depending on how the competition goes.

#30 Zack Bowman – 6’1” 197

Zack Bowman

Bowman was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2008 NFL Draft in the 5th RD (142nd pick). Bowman played 6 years for the Bears playing in 73 games, with 19 starts. Bowman has played both LCB and RCB. In 6 seasons with Da Bears, Bowman had 10 INT’s , 3 FF’s, 5 FR’s (2 for TD’s). Bowman has racked up a lot of tackles (167) with CHI, and all but 17 were solo.

Last season Bowman played for the New York Giants, played in 16 games with 5 starts. Bowman had 24 tackles (19 solo), 6 passes defensed, 2 INT’s, and 1 FR. With Bowman’s size, I would expect him to be in the running for a starting position.

#28 Bobby McCain – 5’10” 192

Bobby McCain

Bobby McCain, named after the famous song “Me and Bobby McCain” was drafted by the Dolphins this year in the 5th RD (145th pick). McCain is of similar size and stature to Brent Grimes. McCain is expected to compete for the nickel (slot CB) position with Brice McCain.

In 4 years of College at Memphis, McCain played in 55 games with 136 tackles (80 solo), 12 INT’s (4 for TD’s), 16 passes defensed, and 1 FF. McCain also returned kicks at Memphis averaging 25.3 YPR.

#36 Tony Lippett – 6’3” 195

DAVIE, FL - MAY 8: Tony Lippett #36 intercepts the ball intended for Tyler McDonald #15 of the Miami Dolphins during the rookie minicamp on May 8, 2015 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyler McDonald;Tony Lippett

The Incredible Mr. Lippett was drafted by the Dolphins in the 5th RD (pick #156) (seems like a lot of our CB’s were drafted in the 5th, right?)

Tony Lippett is an interesting player. He starred as a WR at Michigan State, and had a very successful Senior year, with 65 receptions, 11 TD’s and 1198 yards, good for 18.4 YPC. Lippett also played some at CB, but didn’t register an INT in his time there. When the Dolphins drafted Lippett, he was drafted to play CB, not WR. In his first action in OTA’s, Lippett burst onto the scene and opened up plenty of eyes, with 3 INT’s! He has the size the Dolphins really wanted (6’3”), as we currently have a lot of CB’s 5’10” or smaller. Whether Lippett starts immediately is not important, but he will definitely be getting plenty of reps to see what he can do, and I wouldn’t be shocked if no one else steps up and grabs the job, that Lippett gives everyone a run for their money.

In summation, I’d say we have a nice mix of veteran CB’s, and some young guys who can make a difference. Brent Grimes at 31 is still a top NFL CB. The big question is WHO STARTS OPPOSITE GRIMES?

Between young vets like Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, older vets like Zack Bowman and Brice McCain, and the newly drafted Tony Lippett, someone has got to just step up and make it clear the job is theirs. Last year we picked up Cortland Finnegan late in the offseason, almost an afterthought, and he never looked back. I’d love Jamar Taylor to finally emerge, or Will Davis, so we have a young player that can grow with the team. I can’t lie, even though it was just OTA’s, I can’t stop thinking how great it would be if Lippett stole the job. He has the size we could definitely use, and he most certainly has the ball skills as an accomplished WR, so ideally, if it were Lippett, I’d be ecstatic. It can happen, especially knowing the history of Taylor and Davis, and their inability to stay on the field. Of course, it could be Zack Bowman or Brice McCain too, but like I said, it’s about time for a young CB that we drafted to step up and take the reins, and become our long term starter! GO LIPPETT!

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328 Responses to A Look at our Cornerbacks

  1. getterdone says:

    Ok, one for the football blog….lol. We all wanna see more of this!


  2. Al in MIA says:

    New Age says:
    June 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    So I guess that Garoppolo’s 5 ints will persuade Goodell to reduce Brady suspension a couple games, lol.
    But Garoppolo is suppose to be the best QB in the AFC East LOL

    • New Age says:

      I have it on good authority by the braided coconut and he is never wrong or biased. Just chalk it up to the amazing NE defense this year…

  3. getterdone says:

    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Landry Jones’ accuracy “hasn’t improved.”
    It’s not a surprise. Jones has been scattershot going back to his days at Oklahoma. The 2013 fourth-rounder is battling Tajh Boyd for No. 3 duties, and could easily lose his spot on the Steelers’ 53-man roster. Jones simply isn’t an NFL-level talent.

  4. Brian in NY says:

    finfanrob says:
    June 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    wtf is this ‘great job mike e’ bullshit. this has to be the worst damn thing he has ever written. it makes one yearn for the old exodus days.

    i read the whole damn article and not one fucking BOTW……what a complete waste of time. thanks for nothing mike
    I think Tim made up for it…

  5. getterdone says:

    Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly
    BUT anytime you make a move in the offseason for money reasons I’m not into it. I disagreed with 3 $ moves. Wallace, Starks & Shelley Smith
    WOW, he really is losing it…actually never had it ! lol

  6. Mike E. says:

    Shelley Smith had his chance here. Not sure if he was ever really healthy, but he’s gone now, so we have to hope either D. Thomas or J. Douglas gets the job done, or a vet OG is cut.

  7. stangerx says:

    “The armed Cooley was dropping his daughter off for a flight, when police officers approached Cooley, asking why he was carrying a semiautomatic weapon with an extended capacity 100-round drum.

    His response? “Safety.”

    You’ve got quite a few people afraid because calls are like just coming in left and right,” one officer told Cooley.

    “People’s fears are not my responsibility,” responded Colley.
    That was at the Atlanta airport, and what he did was perfectly legal under Georgia state law.
    I get the whole 2nd amend thing…..but seems it can be taken too far.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I just read that. I do not want to see civilians carrying guns around in public like that, sorry I don’t.

      • stangerx says:

        More than anything it is just so darn selfish. Other peoples’ fears are not my responsibility???? You feel OK yelling at people in the streets too?

      • stangerx says:

        And btw — he was doing more than just dropping her off……

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, would love to see how some of these guys feel about a new law where dudes including gay guys can walk around nude and other people’s opinions about it is not their concern. I’m sure it would go over just like that. LOL

    • getterdone says:

      It’s official…You’re Obsessed. 😉

    • stangerx says:

      You know exactly how he would feel about that. Thing is the guy is so fing stupid. He wanted to make his guns right statement, and he did. But end product is that he got people in the middle of the subject thinking, “that just ain’t right.”

  9. getterdone says:

    Keep an eye on Audrey Walker, the UDFA OL we got from So Cal.

    Walker was slowed in the early going of 2014 as he continued to work his way back from offseason ankle surgery. Walker had a good athletic skill set and is sleeper lineman who has upside for the NFL. He did not participate in the Combine.

    The Trojans moved Walker inside to guard for 2013. That paid off as he was vastly improved there. However, Walker’s year ended early with a broken ankle against UCLA. That ankle injury continued to bother him during fall training camp. He has a lot of athletic ability and a skill set to develop.
    Read more at http://walterfootball.com/draft2015OG.php#E1hpG5tTOMvrF0dV.99

  10. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    June 4, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Stanger, would love to see how some of these guys feel about a new law where dudes including gay guys can walk around nude

    wait, you mean it isnt a law? no wonder the cops keep harassing me.

  11. getterdone says:

    Stanger, it’s idiots like that Cooley guy that give gun rights activists a BAD name. No sense acting extreme like Islamic extremists etc.

    • Tim Knight says:

      The extreme are the ones who always ruin it for the rest in everything.

    • stangerx says:

      He’s hurting his own cause. Makes no sense. Also makes me worried that someone like him has an AR-15 with a 100 round mag…….not that I want to make policy judgments off one guy.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I don’t want criminals with more sinister ideas taking advantage of this or taking a guy like this over, getting his gun and opening fire on everyone.

      • stangerx says:

        Absolutely — dude walked into a crowded airport with a semi-auto and a hundred round mag. Can the next Virginia Tech or Newtown shooter walk into his local airport, school or stadium with the same and the cops can’t do anything until he actually pulls the trigger?

  12. Rockphin says:

    This from the Sun Sentinels’ “Duh, No shit file”

    Dolphins middle linebacker Koa Misi could benefit from playing behind Ndamukong Suh


  13. Mike E. says:

    Not a fan of people walking around with 100 round clips. Where does it end? Do we all drive tanks?

    • Tim Knight says:

      I want to carry around a sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!

    • D says:

      Couple of interesting stories i heard about recently.

      First one was a guy in canada who cut off his own arm with a sawzall because he said he felt like a disabled person trapped in a able persons body…. I heard a lot of people calling the dude crazy, but umm whats the different arm vs penis, infact id argue most people would rather lose their arm than their penis.

      Second was a 18 year old woman who just married her father. He left the family when she was a very young child like 4ish and then re-united 14 years later. when they did they said sparks flew and they fell in love. She lost her virginity to her dad not too long after they re-united. pretty sick stuff.

  14. wyoming85 says:

    What’s wrong with carrying a gun around?

    Ya’ll must hang around with the wrong crowd!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike E. says:

      Nothing wrong. Does it have to have a 100 round clip? No offense, but I’ve seen the American public, and NO, I don’t want them carrying guns with 100 round clips.

      • stangerx says:

        Getting serious — I’d do away with large capacity magazines to start with. In fact…..thinking say eight should be enough for everyone. You need more…..feel free to reload.

    • stangerx says:

      Got nothing against it so long as I am on the right side of the gun.

      • wyoming85 says:

        You have to have one before you can even have a side! 😉

      • stangerx says:

        LOL — and true that I’ve never even touched a gun in my life. But then have never felt the need for one either.

  15. D says:

    D says:
    June 4, 2015 at 5:17 pm
    Couple of interesting stories i heard about recently.

    First one was a guy in canada who cut off his own arm with a sawzall because he said he felt like a disabled person trapped in a able persons body…. I heard a lot of people calling the dude crazy, but umm whats the different arm vs penis, infact id argue most people would rather lose their arm than their penis.

    Second was a 18 year old woman who just married her father. He left the family when she was a very young child like 4ish and then re-united 14 years later. when they did they said sparks flew and they fell in love. She lost her virginity to her dad not too long after they re-united. pretty sick stuff.

  16. Tim Knight says:

    Wyo, you live on a ranch and play cowboy with a population of 47, it’s a little different where some of us live. LOL

  17. Mike E. says:

    Caitlyn Jenner would benefit by playing behind Suh

  18. Mike E. says:


    Just go to a WalMart, and walk around for an hour, and then imagine all those people walking around with automatic weapons with 100 round clips. You may change your mind. lol

  19. Mike E. says:


    Eight is Enough? Dick Van Patten agrees. lol

  20. Tim Knight says:

    Stanger, 11 Helen’s agree.

  21. Brian in NY says:

    I’m 95% certain I’ve settled on my new jersey.

  22. steveccnv says:

    The Dolphins selected Will Davis with the 93RD pick in the 3rd RD of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Utah St.

    Wow! There must’ve been a lot of comp picks in that 3rd round, I bet the cheats had their share 😉

  23. Tim Knight says:

    Brian, I think that’s a safe jersey.

    • Brian in NY says:

      Me too, because unfortunately that has to figure into the equation nowadays. My son picked Devante. I let him watch highlights and he said “I want Landry too. No, I want the new guy.”

  24. Brian in NY says:

    LMFAO @ Stanger!

  25. steveccnv says:

    Dolphins most likely to improve article Getterdone posted above:

    “Jamar’s done an outstanding job,” Coyle said. “He’s come into it very confidently, coming through a good offseason. He’s got his shoulder back rehabbed and ready to go. I see a real spark in Jamar the way he’s practicing, but just in his overall mental attitude. He’s confident, he’s determined, he wants to go out and win a job.”

    I’ve seen this quote several times and it just kills me that no one has fixed it or even put a correction in. I’m pretty sure Coyle didn’t mean to say “just in his overall mental attitude”.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      Maybe this doesn’t come across so good but there was a story around this time last year that Jamar was frustrated over his rookie year because of injuries and that he considered quitting football but his girlfriend convinced him to stay. Something along those lines so this might have been said to sort of acknowledge that.
      You can probably thank Suh for his now confident and determined disposition!

  26. Rhino says:

    offseason, doldrums discussions on this site: “wars and whores” LOL

    • Brian in NY says:

      Better than “chicks with dicks”. Oh, wait…

      • stangerx says:

        LOL — but technically we haven’t discussed that that either. Only thing we have discussed is present dick owner who prefers to be a chick and knows how to “pole” vault. 🙂

  27. Mike E. says:


    I guess it was the 7th RD then. I obviously don’t count too good. lol

  28. Rhino says:

    Dolphins, A’s, Warriors…. this is the first time in 25 years one of my teams is in the championship game(s). I’m so starved for a trophy to vicariously claim that I’m thinking of hiring Alyssa Milano to do a UNICEF commercial for my benefit. 🙂

    • stangerx says:

      I’ll be rooting for you Rhino. But keep in mind that you’ll only get Milano on a pay for play basis. By all reports she’s a real baseball fan……

  29. Mike E. says:


    Good choice on the #14

  30. naplesfan2010 says:

    No shows at patsies* practice today:
    * Alan Branch, Malcolm Butler, AJ Derby, Dont’a Hightower, Chandler Jones, Chris Jones, Brandon LaFell, Jerod Mayo, Sealver Siliga, Matthew Slater, Sebastian Vollmer and Ryan Wendell all appeared to be among the missing for Thursday’s session.

    * The drone that was spotted at last week’s session was not hovering over practice on Thursday.

  31. Rockphin says:

    Rob, You better check again. What are the first four pictures after the article? BOTM ! FTW!

  32. Rockphin says:

    I’m thinking of hiring Alyssa Milano to do a UNICEF commercial for my benefit. 🙂

    Rhino, if you are going to hire her anyway, maybe you can do your buddy Rockphin a solid?

  33. olddolphan says:

    DR. RHINO; Last time the Warriors won the NBA Title I was still watching the NBA. Liked them b/c, I believe, Rick Barry was on that team, right?? Watched Rick play at U-M when they played their home games in the Miami Beach Convention Center (the site of Liston vs. Clay in 1964).–Barry lead the NCAA in scoring his senior year at Miami. Watched him almost single-handidly take down the Florida Gators that season at the MBCC. –Three Gators fouled out trying to guard him. –Barry was something like 22-23 that night with his underhanded free throws. AWESOME!!!

  34. Mike E. says:

    I don’t think there was a guy in the schoolyard when I was a kid that didn’t try to shoot the underhanded free throws like Rick Barry did.

    • steveccnv says:

      I don’t get why guys like Dwight Howard and Diondre Jordan from the Clippers don’t shoot underhanded FTs. I mean, wouldn’t you want to be able to stay in the game at the end, instead of coming out, because of the hack a shaq?

  35. naplesfan2010 says:

    Grimes only had two PD and 0 INTs the last 7 games of the year. Which might suggest his second half and first half had a large split. Given the depletion of the whole Miami secondary during the second half of last season I don’t know if it was due to a change in the schemes Miami used him in or if he really did run out of gas…

    • Tim Knight says:

      Remember we were literally signing corners off the street and cutting some trying to get through the season. The LBs were banged up and there was a lot rotating guys in and out and I believe communication was an issue. It really came apart on defense and that can’t happen again.

      The plan with Chris McCain from what Philbin said about him if he wins the starting SOLB job is he plays base OLB and then serves as a 3rd down edge rusher at times. So when we go to nickel what we might see is McCain go to DE on long down and distance situations and replace one DL with a nickel corner. Very little change in personnel – keeping guys who are in the game mentally on the field and utilizing their versatility.

  36. naplesfan2010 says:

    Grimes was rated 24th best CB and Finnegan 38th best CB last year.
    That is not very good.

  37. Rockphin says:

    for Rob

  38. Tim Knight says:

    Son, I remember that with Jamar Taylor but he was frustrated more than anything else. He said he loves the game too much and retiring from it really wasn’t an option but his situation was challenging him. He played in 12 games last year until his shoulder shut him down. So he was past the rookie injuries which was also an illness, he had some medication issues fucking with his organs. I believe his injury was a sports hernia that he’s gotten over.

    So it’s not like Taylor has hurt his legs/knees etc. which can strip a corner of his main assets. We’ll see. He’s shown promise when he’s played. I wants him to lock down the other side opposite Grimes. I think he’s got some big play ability, can support the run and competes with receivers.

  39. Ken says:

    Mike E:
    Really nice break down on the CBs. Good write up bro.

  40. Ken says:

    I think Rock has found a way to make the extra point play more exciting. Just use her as a kicking tee.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Apples and oranges. The only way to truly rank players like that is to have them compete in the same setting, other than that it’s a farce. Game, opponent, circumstance, scheme, personnel, matchups……… we can go on and on. How do you compare CLE @ IND and NE @ MIA and rank players?

  41. son of a son of a shula says:

    We’re not posting nude or vulger pics guys please remember we have ladies here and I’m sure there are plenty of opportunities for kids to see this stuff.

    So Knock it off!

    • herdfan says:

      You shouldn’t even have to say this. Plenty of opportunities to ‘see this stuff’ on the internet for anyone who wants to see it. Everyone knows there are ‘ladies’ here. The fact is it doesn’t matter to them. It’s total bullshit to say ‘I didn’t know it was going to be like that’. If you have to ask yourself whether or not something is ok to post the answer is no, it isn’t ok. What a fucking waste of time and effort this has turned out to be. 😦

  42. Brian in NY says:

    In Rock’s defense, he realized that he went over the line immediately after he posted, and said as much. His reply was something to the effect of “I didn’t realize it was going to be that graphic”. Seemed sincere to me; let’s not kill him for it.

  43. Rockphin says:

    Folks, I apologized immediately after the photo posted and suggested it be moderated. The picture was much smaller on the site I linked it from and I couldn’t see the “detail” that was visible on the larger format picture that posted here. The picture did not appear to be “nude” before I saw it in the much larger format on here. I will refrain from posting pictures in the future.

    Herd, My apology is sincere and not bullshit. I would never intentionally make anyone here uncomfortable. I hope you can forgive my mistake.

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