Camp Countdown: Defensive Backs

Training Camp 2010 is scheduled to begin with the first practice in the afternoon of July 30, and it figures to be an intriguing summer for the Dolphins. We take a look at the Dolphins heading into camp by breaking down the team by position with an analysis of the biggest issue at each spot and a projection of the roster battles. This installment looks at the defensive backs.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

On the roster: CB Vontae Davis, CB Sean Smith, CB Will Allen, CB Evan Oglesby, CB Nolan Carroll, CB Jason Allen, CB A.J. Wallace, CB Ross Weaver, S Tyrone Culver, S Chris Clemons, S Nate Ness, S Reshad Jones, S Yeremiah Bell, S Jonathon Amaya

Number likely to be kept: 9

On the 2009 opening-day roster: CB Jason Allen, CB Will Allen, S Yeremiah Bell, S Chris Clemons, S Tyrone Culver, CB Vontae Davis, CB Nate Jones, CB Sean Smith, S Gibril Wilson

The big training camp question: What is the likelihood that one of the team's three starting-caliber cornerback — Sean Smith, Vontae Davis and Will Allen — gets moved to free safety?

Analysis: The Dolphins didn't a lot in the offseason to address the free safety position, and that's the one glaring hole on this team as training camp begins. For now, it appears that 2009 fifth-round pick Chris Clemons has the inside track to start, but is he really ready for that assignment? One thing for sure, the Dolphins need a lot better player from that position than they got last year from Gibril Wilson. If the Dolphins can find a solution there, they have the makings of a great secondary because there is great depth at cornerback and strong safety Yeremiah Bell is coming off a Pro Bowl season. Keep an eye on undrafted safety Jonathon Amaya, who was impressive in offseason practices.

Who will make the team: Will Allen, Davis, Smith, Carroll, Jason Allen, Clemons, Jones, Culver, Bell


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