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Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell, Alterraun Verner still fighting for starting CB job

Byron Maxwell’s starting job is in question heading into the season opener. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—A little over six months ago, Alterraun Verner was deemed inadequate to play cornerback in the NFL. The Buccaneers released him, and no one pounced to pick him up in the initial wave of free agency.

Now he’s in contention to start for the Dolphins on opening day against his old team.

Among the uncertainties for Miami this week, including whether Hurricane Irma will force the game to be rescheduled, is who to start at corner between Verner and Byron Maxwell. Second-year player Xavien Howard seems to have the other spot cemented, but coach Adam Gase said he’s willing to leave the competition open all week.

“You just gotta prepare as if you’re gonna start and you’re gonna play the whole game,” Maxwell said. “That’s what I’m preparing for.”

Regardless of who starts, the Dolphins will need both of them against Jameis Winston and the Bucs. They averaged 245.4 passing yards per game last season, and Mike Evans was fourth in the league with 1,321 receiving yards.

Evans, in particularly, will be a major matchup problem at 6-foot-5, 231 pounds. Maxwell is Miami’s biggest corner at 6-foot-1, 198, and Howard …read more

Source:: Palm Beach Post