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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – At 5-foot-9, Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Bobby McCain may be one of the smallest guys on the field, but he plays like a giant.
“Competition is the thing that I love the most and it doesn’t matter if the guy is 6-8 or 6-2, I don’t see names I see numbers,” says McCain.
This fifth round pick out of Memphis has been one of the biggest surprises of training camp, flying all over the field and making his presence felt.
“When I was younger I was a leader,” he explained. “But you know being a rookie you have to step into that roll. You have to form into that roll. You have to show the guys that you possess those attributes to do that for the team. It’s whatever it takes. If they want me on special teams, that’s fine. Corner, nickel, wherever they want to put me I’m willing to play the ball game.”
Before getting to the NFL, McCain idolized a current Dolphins player, Pro Bowler Brent Grimes. Not just for his on-field talents, but for his football IQ.
“I just pick his brain from time to time. Whether we’re watching film, watching game tape, I ask him ‘let’s come over, get a few more minutes of film to show me something he knows that I don’t.’ Like I said he’s a gaeat guy,” said McCain.
That extra time has paid off. McCain passed his first major evaluation, coming down with an interception and multiple pass break-ups during the Dolphins scrimmage at FIU.
“You just build on it. Confidence. Making sure you know you can play with the best,” he said. “You play with the one, you play with the twos, play with the threes, no matter who it is. You get in there and ball out and do what you’ve been doing your entire life.”
The training camp darling has also become a fan favorite.
“I’m always going to compete, that’s what I pride myself on,” he said. “The fame it comes with it. It is what it is, but I just love to play football.”
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