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Dolphins' Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan have tall task

DAVIE, Fla. -- Smallish Miami Dolphins cornerback Cortland Finnegan has figured out a solution for defending big Chicago Bears receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

“Unless we sign (NBA player) Luol Deng, (who) just signed with the Heat...” Finnegan joked. “We’re 5-10. So we’ve just got to deal with that. That’s really all I’ve got for you. I don’t know if much changes other than that. I’m 5-10, so is Brent. So we’ll figure it out.”

Expect size to be an issue for the Dolphins’ secondary Sunday against the Bears. Miami starting cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Finnegan are both 5-foot-10, while Marshall is 6-4 and Jeffery is 6-3. Rest assured Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is looking forward to throwing high passes Sunday and taking advantage of Chicago’s size advantage, especially in the red zone. Both Chicago starting receivers surpassed 100 yards receiving in last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins had trouble last week defending the size of Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who is 6-3. Nelson had nine receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 27-24 loss.

Still, Marshall is not overlooking the Dolphins' cornerbacks.

“There is no mismatch out there,” said Marshall, who played two years in Miami from 2010-2011. “This is probably going to be the best secondary that we face all year. Grimes is a technician. He’s super-duper focused. I don’t understand how this guy wasn’t drafted. I don’t understand how the Falcons let him go. ... We all know about Cortland. He’s hyper-competitive and he makes plays on the ball.”

Grimes and Finnegan didn’t have their best games last week against Green Bay. Nelson beat Grimes several times, including the touchdown catch, while Finnegan struggled with tackling.

Miami needs a pair of standout performances from its starting cornerbacks against Marshall and Jeffery in order to stall Chicago's offense and pull off the road upset.

“It’s the 24-hour rule,” Finnegan said of bouncing back. “I think the Chicago Bears don’t give a rip what happened against the Green Bay Packers. So we’ve got to go out there and give them our best.”