Steve Mitchell

Dolphins CB Chekwa gets First Team Reps

With rookie Xavien Howard on the PUP list with a knee injury, Miami is testing corners to play opposite of Byron Maxwell.

“We’re moving everybody around, and we’re just gonna keep trying to rotate guys in there and let guys compete,” said Adam Gase.

During minicamp, Tony Lippett was thought to be in a close battle with Howard for the starting spot. So naturally, one would think Lippett would easily slide in until Howard’s return. However, it was Chimdi Chekwa who was getting reps with the 1st team in last nights practice.

“He does a good job in press. He does a good job of mirroring. He’s had good ball disruption as far as what we’ve seen. We’re just gonna keep giving up a shot.”

During the first 4 days of camp, Chekwa has sprinkled in some reps with the starters, but was told Tuesday he was going to get a lot more work. Competition seems to be a focal point of the offseason and the Dolphins appear to be making players earn their spots.

However, Chekwa is not a household name and there are reasons why. The 28 year old has had 2 knee surgeries and a hamstring injury, and has not played in the league since 2014.

He was a former 4th round pick by the Raiders in 2011 and has only accumulated 51 tackles and 4 pass deflections in that time. And out of the 32 games he played in, only 4 he started.

It's hard to think a player who has not started a game for 2 years will beat out the corner who was in a back and forth battle with the 2nd round pick. Perhaps Chekwa’s stock is climbing or perhaps it’s Gase’s way of playing head games with his players in order to keep the flames of competition burning.



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