I didn't think either would lose their starting positions, but they had to work hard to get there. Kindley is going to be at beast for us at guard. New FA Coleman isn't the slot that he used to be, but his presence and experience has been good for Needham.
Barry Jackson "Miami Herald wrote:
Two young Miami Dolphins who filled significant roles last season have risen to prominence during the past week, seizing roles that they had temporarily lost earlier in training camp.
Solomon Kindley — a 13-game starter at right guard last season — has gone from taking third-team snaps early in training camp to operating as the first-team left guard for the past week, including Saturday’s preseason game against Atlanta.
And Nik Needham, who played 60 percent of the Dolphins’ defensive snaps as Miami’s primary slot cornerback last season, seemingly has overtaken Justin Coleman as the first-team slot, handling that role for much of the past week.
Needham also has received a bit of first-team work at boundary cornerback in camp when Byron Jones and Xavien Howard have been out.
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