Cor­ner­back McTyer bat­tling for start­ing job

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nfl - By Chris Perkins Staff writer ch­[email protected]­sen­, Twitter @Chrisperk

DAVIE — Dol­phins cor­ner­back Torry McTyer did ev­ery­thing right on his in­ter­cep­tion in Fri­day’s prac­tice. While de­fend­ing wide re­ceiver Ja­keem Grant, McTyer read the slant pat­tern, jumped the route and fin­ished by us­ing his blaz­ing speed to in­ter­cept the pass.

“It was just me just play­ing the sit­u­a­tion and play­ing down and dis­tance, and just get­ting a read on the quar­ter­back,” McTyer said af­ter Satur­day’s third prac­tice of train­ing camp.

Coaches no­ticed that play, just as they have the oth­ers McTyer has made. That’s why McTyer lined up with the first team for a few snaps Satur­day.

“I think he’s had a good start to camp,” coach Adam Gase said.

And now McTyer, who made the team last year as an un­drafted rookie from Ne­vada-Las Ve­gas, has in­jected him­self into the start­ing right cor­ner­back pic­ture along­side Cor­drea Tanker­s­ley and Tony Lip­pett. But he seems un­moved. “I’m not re­ally pay­ing at­ten­tion to that,” McTyer said of go­ing with the starters. “I just want to come out here and work hard ev­ery day.”

Be­cause of that, and his per­for­mance, McTyer, whose fa­ther, Tim, played in the NFL with Philadel­phia

(1997-98) and Cleveland

(1999), has been a ben­e­fi­ciary of the Dol­phins’ new train­ing camp phi­los­o­phy.

In past years young­sters would have to show their stuff for a few days be­fore get­ting snaps with the first team. Things are dif­fer­ent now.

“I’ve told the de­fen­sive staff ‘Let’s not wait around,’ ” Gase said. “‘If we feel like a guy is play­ing we’ll, give him op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially with the first group.’

“They feel like he’s played well enough to be put into that spot and com­pete with that first group.”

McTyer, such as most other rook­ies, first earned play­ing time last year on spe­cial teams. Late in the sea­son he played from scrim­mage. That ex­pe­ri­ence has car­ried over into train­ing camp.

“It gave me a lot of con­fi­dence, just be­ing out there, get­ting some ex­pe­ri­ence at cor­ner and just know­ing that I can play with those guys,” McTyer said. Sec­ond year cor­ner­back Torry McTyer, right, earned a few snaps with the start­ing de­fense dur­ing Satur­day’s prac­tice.

The Dol­phins are rou­tinely ro­tat­ing starters on both sides of the ball. But few ex­pected McTyer to earn snaps with the first

team so early in train­ing camp.

Per­haps this is the re­sult of the off­sea­son work McTyer did back home in Los An­ge­les, with former Dol­phins cor­ner­back Ja­mar Tay­lor (now with Ari­zona), among oth­ers. McTyer said he’s added eight pounds of mus­cle (he’s up to 190 pounds) while still main­tain­ing his 4.3-sec­ond 40-yard dash speed.

The race for start­ing right cor­ner­back will even­tu­ally work it­self out be­fore the Sept. 9 sea­son opener against Ten­nessee.

McTyer is tak­ing the same ap­proach to that, and his even­tual role on the team, as he did lin­ing up with the starters Satur­day.

“I just want to come out here and do what I can do to help the team win,” he said. “So what­ever that is, it is what it is.”


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