Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC South [Print without images]

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Dolphins should target Colts' Vaughn

By Paul Kuharsky

The Titans did a pretty good job targeting Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn when he replaced the injured Vontae Davis.

Cassius Vaughn
Cornerback Cassius Vaughn was targeted often on Sunday against Tennessee.
The Miami Dolphins will have a chance to do the same on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, as Davis’ knee injury is going to keep him out a couple weeks. Bruce Arians announced that and that tight end Coby Fleener, who suffered a shoulder injury in Nashville, will also be out two games.

That means stress on Vaughn, who will be a weak link, and on Dwayne Allen, another rookie tight end who’s ready to contribute. Allen made some good plays in Nashville, though he got away with a late fumble that would have been a killer.

Indy’s other starting corner, Jerraud Powers, told me Sunday after the Colts’ OT win that for as much man-to-man as the corners are playing, they have to expect to give up plays. It’s scoring plays that are the biggest issue.

There was only one of those against Tennessee, when Kendall Wright beat Vaughn with a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch on the left side of the end zone. The 23-yard scoring play required some excellent footwork and would have been tough for anyone to successfully cover.

“You can’t touch the receiver nowadays, they’re going to make their plays, it’s just a matter of us not letting them score touchdowns,” Powers said. “They made a good catch on Cassius in the end zone, you can’t say he was out of coverage -- it was just a good throw, good catch.

“We’ve got guys if Vontae is out who are going to step up just like [against the Titans].”

The Dolphins are 23rd in passing and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is banged up. Matt Moore finished last week’s win over the Jets in New York.