(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2017.)
CB Bobby McCain
Height, weight: 5-11, 192
Experience: Entering third NFL season, all with Dolphins
Acquired: Fifth-round pick of Dolphins in 2015
Contract: Signed through 2018; due to make $672,072 in 2017
Pro Football Focus rank: 68th out of 112
Stats: 16 games played, eight starts, 44 tackles, one sack, one interception, one forced fumble
Notable moments: Athletically prevented a touchback in overtime at Buffalo, pinning the Bills on their own 2. … Intercepted a pass from the Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Straight talk: Plenty of fifth-round picks don’t make their teams. Even more don’t start. McCain has started a dozen games in his short NFL career, so the Dolphins have little to complain about.
And, in fact, McCain has made his share of eye-catching plays, whether it’s that key save to prevent a touchback on special teams at Buffalo or his sack of Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton.
When McCain is in at nickel, big plays often happen — many not in the Dolphins’ favor, but many that are.
Heading into the game against Arizona, Miami’s defensive coordinator at the time, Vance Joseph, was asked about a potential physical mismatch involving McCain vs. the Cardinals’ legendary slot receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, who is 6-3, 225.
“That’s who we’ve got,” Joseph said of McCain.
Not exactly a glowing endorsement. Joseph went on to say, “You want a bigger guy? Absolutely, if he can move laterally. I’m not opposed to that. If I ever get one, I’ll put him out there, but Bobby is doing a fine job for us right now.”
If Joseph does get his hands on a bigger nickel guy, it’ll be for the Denver Broncos, which he now coaches.
McCain might not be the ideal size, but he does have the ideal temperament for a DB. Confidence has never been his shortcoming.
“I’m a go-getter,” he told the team’s website. “I don’t believe in names, I just see numbers. I’m a playmaker. I don’t back down. I go after the ball and I go after it hard. That’s what I like to do.”
Prospects for 2017
Given his inexpensive price tag, room for continued growth and playmaking ability, McCain figures to be in a role similar to last season — in the nickel and as a contributor on special teams.
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