When the Miami Dolphins open the season against the Washington Redskins, it won't be Jamar Taylor as the team's No. 2 cornerback. It will be the 5-foot-9 Brice McCain.
According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, McCain beat out Taylor for the starting cornerback job and will be the No. 2 corner, "barring a late change in plans."
The cornerback battle was one of the most important in camp as the team was searching for a cornerback to play alongside Brent Grimes. McCain has primarily been a nickel corner throughout his career, but he'll get a chance to play on the outside for the Dolphins in Week 1.
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When Taylor is on the field in nickel sets, though, it's likely that McCain will be moved inside to cover the slot.
Taylor dealt with a quad injury late in camp, which forced him to miss a few practices. Ultimately, that may have been what decided the competition, but McCain won't look back now. He's a savvy and scrappy veteran who knows how to man the slot against teams' quicker receivers.
(h/t Adam Beasley)