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Potential three-man race to start at Dolphins' FS spot

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By Kevin Fishbain

While the Dolphins will return plenty of talent on defense, there is one intriguing position battle to watch in the defensive backfield between Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones, and possibly Jonathon Amaya. The three could compete to start at free safety opposite SS Yeremiah Bell.

Clemons started 14 games last season, but we hear that he is not as instinctive as the coaches would like. He has good speed, but needed to be more consistent. The Dolphins also had trouble covering the middle of the field. Clemons added five passes defensed and two forced fumbles in his first season starting.

Jones was a rookie last season, and recorded one interception and one sack in the Week 10 win over the Titans. He started two games, but needed more time to adjust to the 3-4 scheme and struggled. He made seven special-teams tackles and had a fumble recovery.

One daily team observer even thinks Amaya could make things interesting. The undrafted free agent from Nevada led the team with 13 special-teams tackles and made a lot of plays in last year's training camp.

Even though free safety appears to be the Dolphins' biggest hole on defense, they have three players already battling in-house for the starting job, meaning the team is unlikely to address the position in the draft.

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