The Dolphins' first win of the season in Week Nine was marred by an incident at practice the week before, which led to the suspension of CB Vontae Davis, who reportedly showed up late to a practice and got in a spat with WR Brandon Marshall. On the field, though, Davis is part of the reason the secondary has not played up to its potential.
A year after being considered one of the league's best up-and-coming corners, Davis, who has battled a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss four games, has yet to record a pass defensed or an interception. We hear that although teams targeted Davis when he was on the field, there is still a noticeable drop-off when he is on the sideline, as young CBs Jimmy Wilson and Nolan Carroll have been alternately thrust into starting roles. Starting CB Sean Smith has talent, but opponents are still targeting him, and he has given up some big plays.
One daily team observer believes the secondary needs to be rebuilt. There is no consistency at free safety, and the defensive backs have not made big plays. The Dolphins have just one interception that has come from the secondary.
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