Nolan Carroll was not expected to make the team much less start..Two rookies were brought in for depth. The team kept Pattersons pay check so you had to know he was going to start next to Grimes..But Carroll played well in camp beat out Will Davis and his pay check while the rookies haven't taken off their diapers yet.
This is what you call building a team through the draft...Guys sit back maybe not play so well for a couple years but you stick with them and let them develope. And changing GM's and coaches can kill the flow
He knows offensive coordinators plan to match up their best receiver against him each game.
In the season opener, Carroll was lining up against speedy former Hurricanes standout Travis Benjamin. Week 2 it was perennial Pro Bowler Reggie Wayne. Last week, it was Julio Jones, one of the NFL's budding superstars
Opposing quarterbacks have a 68.7 passer rating against the Dolphins, which is fifth best in the league. And Carroll's 21 targets leads the Dolphins. Only 14 cornerbacks have been thrown at more.
Keep in mind Carroll views himself as a young cornerback. While he played in 38 games with the Maryland Terrapins, most of them were as a special teams contributor. He was recruited to Maryland as a receiver, moved to cornerback his sophomore season and only started six games as a cornerback in college.