Tuesday, July 2, 2013
AFC East roster bubble: Dimitri Patterson
By James Walker
With training camp right around the corner, the AFC East blog examines key players in the division who are on the roster bubble this summer.
Next, we take a look at Miami Dolphins veteran cornerback Dimitri Patterson.
Reason for hope: The Dolphins need all the help they can get at cornerback. Miami's secondary was ranked 27th against the pass last season. Patterson was a late-season pickup off the waiver wire from the Cleveland Browns. Patterson mostly is getting a chance to show what he can do this offseason and is currently working as Miami's nickel corner. The Dolphins have a lot of young players behind Patterson. He must hold off corners like Nolan Carroll and rookies Jamar Taylor and Will Davis in training camp to keep his roster spot.
Reason for concern: By claiming Patterson off waivers, Miami also inherited his $4.5 million salary for 2013. That's a lot of money for a player who isn't starting. A nickel corner gets a lot of playing time and is almost as important as a starter. However, Miami could save a lot of money if one of its young players can step up as the No. 3 corner. Taylor, a second-round pick, has been injured this spring but could push Patterson for the nickel role. Davis, a third-round pick, was up and down this spring and needs to work on his consistency. Patterson is ahead of both rookies for the moment, but that's always subject to change this summer.
Chances of making 53-man roster: 50 percent