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Should Bobby McCain Play Safety or Cornerback?

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The Miami Dolphins took a chance with a fifth-round pick in 2015 when they selected, University of Memphis stud, Bobby McCain. Since then, McCain has been a solid role player for the Dolphins. In the 2020 season, should Bobby McCain play safety or cornerback?

Bobby McCain – NFL Career

In Bobby McCain’s first three seasons in the NFL, he was nothing more than a role player for the Dolphins. In his first three seasons, McCain racked up three interceptions, 17 passes defended, and 122 tackles. Entering the 2018 season, McCain was expected to be a starter for the Dolphins and be successful. To no surprise, he did exactly that. In 2018 as a starting cornerback McCain racked up one interception, two passes defended, and 61 tackles. He started thirteen games for the Dolphins, which was a career-high for McCain.  

Heading into the 2019 season, McCain was expected to do exactly what he did in 2018. In his first nine games of the season, McCain looked solid after he had two interceptions, three passes defended, and 25 tackles. This all ended after a tragic shoulder injury that took him out for the rest of the season. McCain is continuing to recover from his shoulder injury and no one knows if he will come back as the player he was before. Overall, McCain is only 26 years old and still has lots of time to prove himself in the NFL as a valuable part of the secondary. 

Dec 1, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive back Brandon Jones (19) celebrates recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Safety Depth

Currently, the safety’s on the Dolphins roster are Eric Rowe, Clayton Fejedelem, Adrian Colbert, Steven Parker, Brandon Jones, and Kavon Frazier. Rowe and Jones are both capable of becoming starting-caliber safeties for the Dolphins in the 2020 season. Fejedelem, Parker, and Frazier will all mainly play special teams and be good depth at the safety position. Colbert could be a starting safety if he needs to be, but currently, he is going to be a backup. Rowe will be on the roster through 2022, so the Dolphins want him to be a starter for the meantime. Jones has the talent to start at safety, but a much safer option would be McCain. 

Dallas Cowboys free safety Byron Jones (31) celebrates a play during an NFL preseason football game against theMiami Dolphins on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Cornerback Depth

Currently, the cornerback position for the Miami Dolphins is the most competitive and numbered position on the field. The cornerback group is Byron Jones, Xavien Howard, Noah Igbinoghene, Cordrea Tankersley, Nik Needham, Tae Hayes, Jomal Wiltz, Ken Webster, Ryan Lewis, and Nate Brooks. Jones and Howard will be the dynamic duo of the secondary for the Dolphins. Rookie cornerback Igbinoghene was a first-round selection, so he will probably play slot cornerback for the Dolphins. If McCain played cornerback for the Dolphins, then he could become cornerback four on the roster. The rest of the cornerback depth on the roster is all expendable players, which some may not make the roster at all.

Conclusion on Bobby McCain

McCain will most likely play starting safety for the Dolphins this upcoming season but could play cornerback if needed. He will be a solid safety for the team, but this year has to be a proving year for McCain. McCain is coming back from a major shoulder injury, so if he does not produce, then he will most likely get cut next season. Overall, McCain is going to be a solid safety for the Dolphins and this will be a proving year for him. 

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