Where’s Walt? Miami Dolphins DB Walt Aikens doubles chances for playing time

Dolphins free safety Walt Aikens (35) celebrates on his way to scoring a two-point conversion on a blocked extra point by Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

There were times last season when safety Walt Aikens was hard to miss, such as when he blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown against the Jets or when he returned a blocked extra point for a two-point defensive conversion.

Trouble is, there were times last season when Aikens was hard to find. He played only 15 snaps on defense all year, according to Pro Football Reference.

Wednesday, Aikens was making a pitch for more playing time, seeing action at cornerback during OTAs.

Coach Adam Gase explains:

“He did that last year with us, too. There were some times where we would move him out there (to cornerback) and just make sure that he was ready to go because he was up for every game, pretty much.

“He has to be in a position to where if somebody goes down at one of those spots, he has to be ready to go. We’re just trying to find the best fit for him.”

Which isn’t out of the realm of possibility, even though those 15 snaps represented a sharp drop from his 444 in 2015.

“I think he’s one of our better athletes for sure,” Gase said. “He’s a huge playmaker for us on special teams and we just want to make sure whatever spot we end up finalizing with him — corner or safety — it gives him the best opportunity to where if he goes in a game, he can have success.”

Check out staff photographer Allen Eyestone’s photo gallery from Dolphins OTAs

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