DAVIE—Michael Thomas will play wherever the Dolphins put him, which is evident in the fact that he’s developed into one of the best special teams players in the league.
On defense, he’s mostly been at safety and took over that position as a full-time starter when the Dolphins lost Reshad Jones to an injury early last season. This year, though, he’s getting a look at slot cornerback and he’s loving it.
“I love playing in the slot; that’s where I was born and raised,” said Thomas, who played the position at Stanford.
Bobby McCain returns as the slot corner from last year, but he’s not a lock for that spot. Thomas has been competing for snaps there throughout the offseason, and third-round pick Cordrea Tankersley is looking for playing time anywhere he can get it.
Whether Thomas wins a job there or not, his versatility is a big help for Miami. He’ll continue to be a viable option as a backup safety, giving the Dolphins solid depth with Jones, Nate Allen and T.J. McDonald.
“Wherever the coaches want me,” Thomas said. “If Reshad is down, I’ll go play safety. If the other safety’s down, I’ll play that safety. If they want me to go to nickel, I’ll play nickel. Wherever they want me to do play. Obviously, in my mind, I can play it all.”
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