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Sam Madison: DB’s CAN Catch!
By on December 10, 2010 at 8:58 am

Sam celebrating one of his 38 career interceptions.

In last Sunday’s loss to the Browns, rookie CB Nolan Carroll saw what may have been a game-winning and season-saving interception slip right through his hands. Literally.

It was not the first time in this 2010 season that a member of the Dolphins’ secondary has seen glory come and go in an all-too-cruel way. Beginning with Week 1 in Buffalo, there have been at least a half-dozen sure interceptions dropped by the Fins and this last one just added to the list.

Our own Sam Madison, who didn’t have much trouble catching the ball when he starred at corner for the Dolphins and Giants, wants to clear a couple of things up, though, about the skill sets of defensive backs…

Guest Blog, by Sam Madison

You hear it all the time: DB’s are ex-wideouts. It’s true, many are. You also hear that they move to DB because they can’t catch. That is not true.

These guys have been catching the ball since they were seven years old. If you look back at these players stats and the yards and catches, these guys have put up big numbers as youth and high school athletes. You can ask every guy in the NFL what position they played as a youth, high school and some even in college and they will be a standout on offense. Once you move to defense you don’t work on catching as much and don’t touch the ball as much and it gets over looked. What is a QB taught to do with the ball? Throw it to the wideout and away from the DB! So in practice, a wideout catches a ball every play. The DB is try to catch it or even knock it down. You have to envision catching the ball because you may go the whole week without even touching a fast ball from a QB.

It is the lack of opportunities, and not a lack of actual ability, that is generally the problem for DB’s. We can catch!!


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BobbyD13 says:

Not counting the one pass that he barely got a finger tip on to prevent a big gain, which was a great play, Sean Smith dropped 4 picks yesterday alone. He is always around the ball which makes one think he must be doing something right but he needs to catch balls that hit him in the hands.

padre35 says:

To many Roberto Durans and not enough Lester Hayes’ Sammie, these guys have dropped 14 interceptions..14!