Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dolphins' rookie CB Taylor out at least a month


The Miami Dolphins hope the new players they acquired through free agency and the draft will help their secondary play improve from last season.

One of those additions, second-round pick Jamar Taylor, will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery, according to The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

Taylor was one of two cornerbacks taken by Miami in consecutive rounds of April's draft, in an effort to augment a pass defense that ranked 27th in passing yards allowed a year ago.

The Boise State alum is expected to be ready for training camp.

The offseason OTAs are important times for both players to acclimate themselves to the team, and for coaches to see exactly what they have. They'll have to wait a little while to see what Taylor brings to the table.

When he returns, he'll join a defensive backfield that includes cornerbacks Richard Marshall and Brent Grimes, two players who are coming off injuries that ended their 2012 seasons and are expected to play major roles on defense for the Dolphins.

When Marshall went down last year with a back injury, Miami's lack of depth at the position was painfully exposed. The team hopes that the additions of Taylor, Grimes and third round pick Will Davis will bring stability to the back end of their defense.

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