The Dolphins look like they’re going to be pretty green on the corner in their matchup with the Bills today. With Byron Maxwell (doubtful) not expected to play due to an ankle injury it leaves Miami depending on a rookie and a second-year corner to start.
Rookie Xavien Howard will start. Opposite him is supposed to be second-year CB Bobby McCain. He’s questionable with knee and hand injuries, but he practiced fully late in the week. If for some reason he can’t go that would push second-year CB Tony Lippett into the starting lineup. McCain typically shifts to play slot corner against three wide sets with Lippett coming on to play the boundary.
It’s an issue that Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is trying to manage. One thing he is encouraged by is how well the young players have communicated with their fellow defensive backs on the field.
“No issues with the communication. I think the longer they’ve practiced together and played in games, and I know ‘X’ (Xavien Howard) is just coming back; but he has been out there. He has been in meetings to where that comes back pretty quick. I feel confident about those guys doing a good job within a game, making sure that we’re all on the same page,” said Gase. “If we do have any kind of errors, those are things we’re going to have to learn from and we have to learn quickly. We have to minimize those as much as possible.”
Either way the Dolphins corners will be facing two receivers who were out injured for the first meeting with the Bills, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.
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