AFC East

Will Miami Dolphins’ Byron Maxwell Bounce Back in 2016?

Not only has Byron Maxwell shined on the field during the Dolphins' OTAs, the veteran CB has been valuable serving as a mentor to the team's younger cornerbacks. AP Photo/Alan Diaz

Cornerback Byron Maxwell was a major headline of the 2015 offseason when he left the Seattle Seahawks in free agency to sign a six year $63 million with $25 million guaranteed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Maxwell struggled in his one season with the Eagles as the primary cornerback and was traded this offseason to the Miami Dolphins.

Maxwell is hoping to prove his doubters wrong that he can be a shutdown cornerback of the Dolphins and live up to the value of his contract. Maxwell has to focus on proving his talents are worth it for the Dolphins and he has to mentor younger players in the Dolphins secondary as he is now the veteran of this group.

Maxwell is looking forward to this season and is motivated to prove to Dolphins fans he will help strengthen their secondary. “I always feel like I have something to prove,” Maxwell said. “There are things on my list that I need to do; I feel like I need to do as an NFL player. It’s Year 6, so there is way more stuff to prove. I have a lot of years.”

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is impressed with what he’s seen so far of Maxwell and enjoys the competition he adds on the practice field when the defense is competing with the offense. “I know, offensively, he makes our guys better, because they know they’re going to get a tough matchup every time that they go out there,” Gase said. “He hasn’t disappointed me one bit. He has been out there. He has challenged the ball. He has done a great job of getting his hands on balls, and it makes it tough on not only the receivers, but the quarterback, because that window is tight. When he’s covering a guy, it’s going to be a tight throw.”

Maxwell has a lot to prove in 2016 as he will likely be lined up with top receivers including Brandon Marshall, Sammy Watkins and Julian Edelman in the AFC East. Maxwell will be a major part of the Dolphins defense in 2016 and we will find out if he will become a force or a liability soon.

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