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Miami Dolphins cornerback competition heating up

 
 
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson has this pass go through his hands in drills at Miami Dolphins practice at the Dolphins training facility at NSU in Davie on July 22nd,2013.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson has this pass go through his hands in drills at Miami Dolphins practice at the Dolphins training facility at NSU in Davie on July 22nd,2013.
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Competition continues for the back-up cornerback job behind Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall. Dimitri Patterson has the inside position on the No .3 spot but Nolan Carroll and Will Davis are battling for spots in the top four as well.

On Friday, a non-contact day that featured plenty of 11-on-11 action, Carroll made a nice play at the goal line breaking up a potential touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to receiver Mike Wallace.

Davis has made several impressive plays during the first week of camp. Second-round draft pick Jamar Taylor of Boise State remains sidelined because of soreness related to sports hernia surgery.

Plays of the day

Highlights were in short supply despite a full-team drill at the end of practice that could have offered plenty. The non-contact mini-scrimmage ended scoreless with both the first- and second-team offense being shut out and Dan Carpenter missing a pair of field-goal attempts. Carpenter hit from about 50 yards earlier in practice.

• Tight end/fullback Charles Clay dropped a few passes with the first-team offense, but overall had a solid day. He caught a diving touchdown pass from quarterback Pat Devlin in 7-on-7 drills.

• Defensive lineman Jared Odrick deflected a pass from Tannehill on third down on the first-team offense’s first series during the full-team drill. On fourth down, Tannehill delivered an underthrown pass to Wallace, who adjusted nicely to make a sliding catch for a first-down.

• Tannehill went on to overthrow Wallace twice more, including on a fly route near the end zone. Wallace burned passed his coverage, but wasn’t fast enough to catch up to Tannehill’s offering.

Notable

First-round pick Dion Jordan, who has been cleared for contact, participated in all workouts and showed plenty of life. Jordan raced from station to station between drills inside the practice bubble and after practice talked with reporters about offseason conditioning work with Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, who is involved in Mixed Martial Arts.

“It pretty much just taught me the importance of leverage and using my hands and things,” Jordan said. “The MMA work is a little bit different. It breaks you. It’s something different. It helps you prepare yourself mentally more than anything else.”

While Jordan said he enjoyed his MMA-style workouts, he said he never got in the ring and probably never will. Good news for the Dolphins.

Quotable

Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter dropped by the Dolphins training facility, liked what he saw in Tannehill and believes Miami has put together a team that can challenge the Patriots for the division title.

“New England is not as talented,” Carter said. “I like the Dolphins’ defense. I believe the defense is going to be tough to deal with and could be the best in the division and that’s going to help them. They’ve got, I believe, one of the good, young quarterbacks in the NFL. They’ve got that equation solved.”

Practice dates and times

Saturday8 a.m.

(at team facility; open only to season-ticket holders)

Sunday8 a.m.

(at team facility; open only to Fin Club members)

Monday7 p.m.

(at Sun Life Stadium)TuesdayTeam is off

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