2016 Position Review: Cornerbacks

Posted Feb 21, 2017 provides a breakdown of each position following the 2016 season. This edition looks back at the cornerbacks.

A lot of new faces emerged at cornerback, providing a solid performance during the 2016 season and optimism looking ahead. The season began with two new starters — veteran offseason acquisition Byron Maxwell and rookie second-round pick Xavien Howard. Maxwell had an uneven start after coming over in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he then began playing Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback before an ankle injury sidelined him in December. After a solid start, Howard missed half the season because of a knee injury but showed great promise as a rookie second-round pick. Tony Lippett led the Dolphins with four interceptions as he made great strides in his second season after being a fifth-round pick in 2015 who came in after playing mostly wide receiver at Michigan State. Bobby McCain also saw extensive action at cornerback, while Lafayette Pitts and Jordan Lucas contributed on special teams.

Season-ending starters:  Byron Maxwell, Xavien Howard

Season-ending backups:  Tony Lippett, Lafayette Pitts, Bobby McCain, Jordan Lucas

Ended season on injured reserve:  Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

2016 transactions (after final roster cuts):   Signed Lafayette Pitts to the practice squad (Sept. 4) … Acquired Bene Benwikere on waivers from the Carolina Panthers (Oct. 10) … Signed Chimdi Chekwa as a free agent (Oct. 11) … Waived/injured Chimdi Chekwa (Nov. 7) … Activated Chris Culliver from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list (Nov. 7) … Signed Lafayette Pitts to the active roster off the practice squad (Nov. 7) … Waived Bene Benwikere (Nov. 8) … Signed Bene Benwikere to the practice squad (Nov. 9) … Waived Chris Culliver (Nov. 19

2017 free agents:  None 

Stat that stands out:  Maxwell was second in the NFL among defensive backs (behind only Atlanta safety Keanu Neal) with four forced fumbles.