Jamar Taylor, a third-year Miami Dolphins cornerback, was considered a likely starter when training camp began but already is in a fight for the job.
Brice McCain, a veteran newcomer from the Steelers, has been splitting time with Taylor, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle told the newspaper that the two are locked in “a hotly contested battle.”
“Brice McCain is a tremendous athlete,” Coyle said. “He’s quick as well as fast. I don’t know if you guys can appreciate how fast he is. He’s not a little quick guy. He has deep speed to run with anybody.”
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Taylor has started three of his 21 games over the past two seasons while dealing with some injuries. He has 34 tackles and still is searching for his first interception. He was a second-round draft pick out of Boise State in 2013.
“He knows going into his third year, it’s time,” safety Michael Thomas told the Palm Beach Post. “Everybody’s looking at him and wanting to see him so do great, he wants to do great, so hey, he’s got to go out there and do it.”
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Taylor is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.
We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.