The Dolphins' competition to replace Gibril Wilson, who was cut in March, as the starting free safety expanded from two to three players after the draft. Second-year veteran Chris Clemons and fifth-year veteran Tyrone Culver will be joined by fifth-round pick Reshad Jones in the training-camp battle. Miami pursued multiple free-agent free safeties, including Pittsburgh's Ryan Clark, this offseason, but it was unable to land one. The three players competing for the spot have just four NFL starts between them.
Head coach Tony Sparano emphasized the importance of the position at a rookie minicamp last weekend and told reporters whoever wins the job will need to be a clear communicator, with leadership ability. The free safety has to call out signals and get players lined up correctly.
While Jones had an impressive career at Georgia and is very talented, some say it's unlikely that he'll start from Day One. There's a good chance he'll have to earn more playing time by making the most of opportunities in nickel and dime packages.
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