McCain is expected to earn the role of starting outside cornerback, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McCain, who signed a four-year extension with Miami earlier this offseason, is ceding his nickleback position to rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick. The scrappy, 5-foot-11 McCain is poised to replace Cordea Tankersley as the starter opposite Xavien Howard entering the season.
With the signing of the extension, McCain made himself the league's highest paid nickel back. The defensive back is coming off a career-best season in 2017, when he recorded 48 total tackles, two interceptions and one sack. The contract locks McCain in with the Dolphins through 2022.
McCain had three solo tackles, one sack and three pass breakups in Sunday's win against the Broncos.
McCain only had three pass breakups before Sunday, so he effectively doubled his season total. Most importantly, he played a season-high 67 defensive snaps, the most out of any cornerback, which may have been caused by Cordrea Tankersley leaving in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Depending on Tankersley's availability in Week 14, McCain could be called upon to be a workhorse again.
McCain (hamstring) has been cleared to play in Monday's game against the Panthers.
McCain was slapped with the questionable tag due to a hamstring injury he suffered last week against the Raiders. He's seen around 30 snaps on defense per game this season, averaging three tackles per contest. Those numbers are a reasonable expectation for him Monday now that he's been given the green light to play.
McCain has a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Panthers, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
McCain started the week as a limited practice participant but was a full participant Friday and Saturday and seems on track to play Monday. The 2015 fifth-round pick should remain a part of the Dolphins nickel package against the Panthers.
|4||9/30/18||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|8||10/25/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
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