THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we discuss the role of cornerback Jamar Fletcher.

Cornerback Jamar Fletcher made a big play during the minicamp practice at Pro Player Stadium on Saturday when he stepped in front of the receiver and intercepted a Jay Fiedler pass on a play that would have been a touchdown the other way in a game.

But all in all, it was not a good camp for Fletcher because of what the Dolphins worked on and because of the words that came from Coach Dave Wannstedt.

The Dolphins used veteran Terrell Buckley and second-year player Omare Lowe to cover the slot when they practiced the nickel and dime defenses, with Fletcher working outside in the absence of both Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison.

Wannstedt said Saturday that the plan was to try to keep Surtain outside all the time this season, as opposed to previous years when Surtain moved inside against three- and four-receiver formations.

Wannstedt also said he was going to keep Fletcher strictly outside.

Now do the math. If Surtain and Madison are staying outside all the time, and Fletcher is only playing outside, that doesn't leave a whole lot of playing time for him unless somebody gets injured.

The bottom line with all of this is it appears Fletcher's role will be greatly diminished this season, and it would be no stretch to suggest his spot on the roster might even be in jeopardy.

Considering Fletcher was a first-round pick, he'll be given every opportunity, but time might be running out on him.


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