The Phinsider’s annual 90-in-90 series is back today with another in-depth look at the players who are currently vying to make the Miami Dolphins’ 53-man roster. This series of articles takes a look at each individual on the roster, breaking down how they performed in 2017, why they could progress or regress in 2018, and the odds that the player makes the team when the regular season arrives.
This year, we have already finished the reviews for wide receiver Leonte Carroo, punter Matt Haack, safety T.J. McDonald, running back Buddy Howell, wide receiver DeVante Parker, defensive end William Hayes, wide receiver Isaiah Ford, safety/cornerback Walt Aikens, defensive end Claudy Mathieu, linebacker Kiko Alonso, cornerback Xavien Howard, long snapper Lucas Gravelle, wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end A.J. Derby, running back Frank Gore, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, wide receiver Kenny Stills, cornerback Tony Lippett, kicker Jason Sanders, kicker Greg Joseph, left tackle Laremy Tunsil, tight end Mike Gesicki, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, running back Kalen Ballage, wide receiver Jakeem Grant, tight end Durham Smythe, quarterback David Fales, wide receiver Albert Wilson, defensive tackle Akeem Spence, linebacker Chase Allen, defensive end Cameron Wake, running back Senorise Perry, and tight end MarQueis Gray, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, defensive end Andre Branch, running back Kenyan Drake, defensive end Quincy Redmon, quarterback Bryce Petty, wide receiver Francis Owusu, defensive end Jonathan Woodard, defensive end Charles Harris, center Connor Hilland, guard Jesse Davis, safety Reshad Jones, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, guard Isaac Asiata, defensive end Robert Quinn, and wide receiver Drew Morgan. Today we add cornerback Cordrea Tankersley.
The Dolphins selected Tankersley in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, looking for him to provide depth to the cornerback position. As a rookie, however, injuries led to him starting 11 games, recording 31 tackles with seven passes defensed.
Why he might progress
Tankersley appears to be the leader for the starting cornerback position opposite Xavien Howard. He has picked up experience as a starter last year, and now should be able to build upon that heading into this year.
Why he might regress
Tankersley is in a position battle, and he could find himself buried on the depth chart if Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett (and potentially Torry McTyer) outplay him in the summer. He struggled at times last year, making rookie mistakes, and he has to clean those up this summer if he wants to continue to develop.
Chances of making the 53-man roster
Tankersley will be on the roster - it is just a matter of where he falls on the depth chart at the end of the summer.