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Xavien Howard is in the Mix!

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

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  2. adamprez2003

    adamprez2003 Senior Member

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    Awesome. We really need this defense to play lights out the next three weeks. This is great news!
     
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  3. Deus ex dolphin

    Deus ex dolphin Well-Known Member

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    What are the expectations for this guy? I mean, he is a rookie. Great that he is getting some playing time but this is not like having a solid vet return from injury.
     
  4. Brasfin

    Brasfin Well-Known Member

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    He was pretty much our best cornerback in the weeks that he played. Granted, Maxwell has gotten better since then... but IMO, he'll be at least our second best CB on the field Saturday.
     
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  5. Deus ex dolphin

    Deus ex dolphin Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good to me, thanks!
     
  6. ripper1961

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    Great news!
     
  7. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

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    From what I've read, Lippett will still be starting and Maxwell will be on Marshall for the entire game. They don't like Howard in the slot so his playing time will likely remain limited. Still, it's great that he's back and finally healthy...it can make a big difference in this stretch to have an extra body in the rotation that's capable of making plays.
     
  8. Colmax

    Colmax Well-Known Member

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    Lippett has gotten more physical over the weeks. His tackling has improved. I think he still gets washed out on pursuit plays. Change of direction isn't the best, and I'm not sure that will ever really change much.

    This may sound like a bunch of negatives, but I think he's been a serviceable corner; esp. when you consider how he got there. He should work on getting stronger. I think he can give some QBs hesitancy throwing his direction on length alone if he's close to the WR.

    In saying that, the little that Howard has shown has been really good. I think he could be something special at corner.

    Learning the defense on paper and playing within that defense are two totally different things. I certainly hope some of these growing pains with Howard do not bleed into next year. He won't be in full playing shape, so you don't want to throw the kid to the wolves, but you do want him to break a sweat.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how he plays.
     
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  9. dirtylandry

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    The X Factor for a playoff run


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  10. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

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    That's the thing- people forget how raw he is within this defense. He will only get better in time.
     
  11. Hoops

    Hoops Well-Known Member

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    X howard is headed towards stardom

    we hit the jack pot here
     
  12. Colmax

    Colmax Well-Known Member

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    I take everything I said that were negatives on Lippett. He played a really, really good game. I think even moreso than Howard.
     
  13. Hoops

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    Hint of lack of long speed with howard but other than that and if he plays with proper technique he can mask it he is gonna end up a top shelf nfl boundary corner
     
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  14. MonstBlitz

    MonstBlitz Nobody's Fart Catcher

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    Boy did he have some nice looking plays in that game. Immediate impact.
     
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  15. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

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    They both played awesome tonight...it's really hard to pick a winner but Lippett's 2 picks makes him the man of the hour.
     
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  16. LI phinfan

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    I loved what I saw out of Howard tonight. If he can stay healthy , he looks like a player. Also, Lippett has turned into a playmaker with a pretty good upside the more he plays. Fantastic win.


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  17. Hoops

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    Lippetts still high in his pedal..some of thats cause of his length

    Hes developing nicely...needs to defend in cuts better in terms of close the gap but that will probably come with more route recognition to leverages played etc and down and distance

    Developing nicely

    But x is the meal ticket
     
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  18. bakedmatt

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    I'm liking Tony as a 3rd corner, particularly on the boundary. Defending anything inside the numbers is another story.
     
  19. Hoops

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    I agree 3rd corner in 2017 makes sense

    3rd boundary that is...cant play slot

    Get better drop nickel lb play at weakside backer as in more range more route awareness and lippett looks even better
     
  20. Hoops

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    Baccari rambo is fine as a middle deep safety in cover 1 and i think in cover 2 and 2 deep also

    But in man carry coverage hes ugh

    Which is why i think you are always best to make him a package safety instead of an every down starter one

    Best responsible for an area and not a man
     
  21. Rocky Raccoon

    Rocky Raccoon Greasepaint Ghost Staff Member

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    Love this kid.

    A rookie coming back from an injury where he missed 9 games and shuts down one of the best receivers in the game. Just think about that for a minute. That's pretty ****ing impressive.

    Byron Maxwell has had a nice season but with Howard's sky high potential, Lippett's progression, and McCain in the slot, we could have good CB trio in Miami for a LONG time.
     
  22. bakedmatt

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    I'm with you but I mean I don't think it was fair to have him opposite the Jets fastest player in man.
     
  23. Hoops

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    It wasnt...they caught us in a blitz petty id'd and exposed...the slot showed it pre snap

    It was about the only time petty made a correct read in terms of protection scheme and his internal clock

    He butchered that game and if im his oc i already know this isnt the guy
     
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  24. Brasfin

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    Crazy that in the offseason we were calling this one of the weakest units on the team.
     
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  25. Surfs Up 99

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    Refreshing isn't it? Nice to see our guys making some plays!
     
  26. GISH

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    Nice to see the secondary playing so well. Really makes me miss reshad Jones even more.

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  28. mlb1399

    mlb1399 Well-Known Member

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    Watching Howard shut done Marshall, and that's no small feat, was impressive. He knew how to play the ball, use technique to stay with him and deflected several passes that Marshall would have normally caught.

    This might be the best rookie class we've had. Damn that feels good to say!
     

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