The Dolphins LOVED Igby before the draft last year, and hopefully we will get to see what they liked so much in him. Everyone remembers him getting blown out by Stefon Diggs in our second game of the season but have not given him much chance to grow. I think we are going to like him.
Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) wrote:
The training wheels are off for second-year cornerback Noah Igbinoghene in 2021. Last year, during his rookie season, the Dolphins used the first-round pick almost exclusively on the outside.
“That in itself in this league is not easy,” Flores said. “You stick him in one position, let him learn the fundamentals, the techniques, feel the speed, feel the quickness of the receivers. Go through the combinations that happen in different coverages."
“This year we feel he’s ready to move and at least take some [repetitions] inside,” Flores said. “Versatility is important to our team. We’re going to move guys around, not just Noah but really everyone in that corner room, the secondary, really across the board.”
The slot or nickel cornerback job is different than outside in that there is more blitzing, there is more required on run defense and obviously, the sideline is not available as an help to defend receivers because they can run either inside or outside off the line of scrimmage.
“It’s tough playing the nickel,” Flores said. “It’s not easy. There’s a lot going on.”
Igbinoghene will be competing with 2020 incumbent Nik Needham, unrestricted free agent signee Justin Coleman and Jamal Perry.
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A little more info to add to the Igby story since we did not see much of him after the Bills start.
Dolphins Wire (USA Today) wrote:
Miami drafted Igbinoghene as young, raw talent as a highly valued position. From an economic value, too. Igbinoghene, if he develops as the team hopes, will be a talented option in a position room that the Dolphins covet as much or more than any other team in the league. Cheap, but talented play at the at position is invaluable. But, of course, Igbinoghene must see himself blossom for that payoff to happen.https://dolphinswire.usatoday.com/2021/ ... m-process/
Which is what makes Miami’s systemic approach with Igbinoghene so easy to appreciate. Defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander spoke with the South Florida media a few weeks back and, when asked specifically about Igbinoghene, suggested that Miami’s handling of the rookie in 2020 was focused in allowing the young defender to spend his rookie year focused on basic principles and techniques of the cornerback position in general.