MIAMI GARDENS — Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Cordrea Tankersley was cradling the football in his right arm as he spoke at his locker following his first career interception.
“I’m going to get this to my Mom,” Tankersley said. “She’s going to hang it somewhere.”
Near the end of the second quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game, Tankersley flat-out stole the football from Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo after what appeared to be a completion.
“I just went with my instincts and I made the play,” Tankersley said.
Tankersley is a rookie third-rounder from Clemson.
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In the first half of Miami’s loss, former Clemson defensive backs nearly forced three turnovers as veteran Byron Maxwell also forced two fumbles that were recovered by Baltimore.
“Our goal is to get the ball back for our offense,” Tankersley said. “To shorten the field. Every chance we get that’s what we want to do. Byron does a great job of getting that ball out. That’s just a vet that’s been playing that ball for a long time. He knows what he’s doing out there on the field.”
Tankersley said he has a special connection with Maxwell.
“We are Clemson brothers,” Tankersley said. “I grew up watching him when I was in high school. So just seeing him grow to the player he is in the NFL and also being on the same team as him I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start my career.”
Because of a season-ending injury to Tony Lippett, who was projected as Miami’s third outside cornerback, Tankersley could be forced into a more prominent role at some point this season.
“My preparation doesn’t really change,” Tankersley said. “I always want to step it up regardless. But just to lose a guy like that is hard for the secondary and the team. But somebody has to step up and I feel like I’m that guy.”
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