STATUS REPORT: SAMMY KNIGHT

As the Dolphins prepare for the 2004 NFL draft, we continue to take a look back at the past season and examine every player's performance. Today we look at strong safety Sammy Knight.

Coming into the 2003 season:

After Knight opted out of his contract with the New Orleans Saints, the Dolphins were only too happy to sign the veteran safety. The idea was that Knight would join a competition with incumbent starters Brock Marion and Arturo Freeman for the starting spots at safety. To no one's surprise, it was Knight and Marion who emerged as the starters.

His performance in 2003:

Knight's reputation in his first six seasons in the NFL was that of a hard hitter with a knack for coming up with interceptions. That's pretty much what he delivered. Knight finished third on the team in tackles with 111 (tops among the defensive backs) and also had three interceptions. That was his fewest total since the 1999 season. Knight was not a difference-maker at strong safety and his lack of speed was exposed at times, but he was an improvement over Freeman's performance the previous season.

His future with the team:

Knight again will start at strong safety, alongside either Freeman or someone else the Dolphins could add via free agency or the draft. The one knock on Knight always has been his lack of speed, but he will make plays.

Grade for 2003: B-.


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