DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins’ starting cornerbacks are not settled.
Coach Adam Gase said Sunday, when asked if Alterraun Verner could become a starter, said: “Yeah, I think everything. All options are up. We’re going to play the best guys.”
While sophomore Xavien Howard is emerging as an upper-echelon cornerback, veteran Byron Maxwell really struggled in two practices and in a preseason game at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Gase acknowledged that the team is trying multiple corners in various spots.
“We are taking looks,” Gase said. “We are moving guys around to see what’s the best fit for us going into that first game. We’re going to keep moving pieces around. We’re going to keep trying to figure out who can do what. What side is best for everybody. If we want to make somebody exclusive to where they match up with somebody every week. So we’re really going to dig deep here the next few days and really kind of get back into that training camp type mode to where we’re competing against offense and defense and trying to find ways to get better.”
Gase conceded Maxwell did not have a great week in Philadelphia.
“There was a couple of things, looking back on it, that I wish (Maxwell) would have done different,” Gase said. “It’s the whole preseason process of we’ve got to clean some things up. And keep competing. And finding ways to get better. Taking a look at each play individually. That’s where it really goes to coaching. Players taking coaching and just making sure that we’re always getting better. Find ways to correct the mistakes we’ve made. You don’t want to make the same mistake twice.”
Maxwell struggled at the start of last preseason, before improving down the stretch.
Maxwell make a mental mistake on a deep touchdown pass by the Eagles. His former team also targeted him on some routes where it seemed the receivers just had way to much space to operate.
Gase complimented Verner’s play since signing as a free agent.
“Consistency,” Gase said. “Knows what to do. He has been a pro since the day he got here. Competitive. He just is always as tight as you need him to be. He’s always close. Hands are on the ball. He just makes it really tough for the quarterback. And I really like what I’ve seen from him. I know the defensive staff does, as well. For signing him as late as we did, we feel really good with where he’s at right now.”
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