Wilson, who Kevin Coyle said played nearly 500 snaps for the team in 2012, will also form part of secondary the defensive coordinator will deploy on obvious passing downs.
How can we be so sure that’s how it will go against the Cleveland Browns in the season-opener?
Well, the only candidates to change that lineup aren’t ready. Rookie Will Davis, promising earlier in the preseason, will have to recover from an apparent ankle injury to return to practice next week to be any kind of game day option in the opener. He didn’t play against New Orleans.
Second-round pick Jamar Taylor did play Thursday but got a taste of how difficult working against a big-time NFL wide receiver can be when Marques Colston beat him on an 18-yard completion in the first quarter.
Taylor may be very good some day but not yet. He missed several weeks of camp with a hernia issue, and is still trying to catch up. He might be part of the plans in a few weeks, but in one week? As a starter in Miami’s nickel package ahead of veterans?
Not very likely.
All this doesn’t suggest some men who played Thursday didn’t make statements. A couple did — one not good, one not.
Jerry, still out of shape and needing work after missing three preseason games, isn’t in danger of losing his starting job but he is nowhere close to the form he showed during a solid 2012.
That’s not good.
Rookie tight end Dion Sims, meanwhile, is starting to be something of a revelation for the Dolphins. He led the team with four catches and had a touchdown grab in six targets against New Orleans.
Last week, starting tight end Charles Clay was targeted six times against Tampa Bay and had only one reception to show for the trouble.
This doesn’t suggest Sims should start ahead of Clay. That won’t happen against the Browns and possibly not for some time. But Sims will play a lot this year and if he continues on his current trajectory, don’t be surprised if he’s Miami’s starter by season’s end.