While offseason additions Brent Grimes, Jamar Taylor and Will Davis have garnered most of the attention with regards the Dolphins new look at cornerback, veteran corner Dimitri Patterson is also a relatively new name for most Dolphins fans. Patterson joined the Dolphins in last December and started the team’s final two games, against the Bills and Patriots. Patterson, who has played in 70 games over the course of seven NFL seasons with five teams, recently sat down with Jesse Agler of The Finsiders in the studio to talk about his mindset during the team’s offseason program.
(On how offseason practices are going) – “It’s going well. During this time, this is the time to get familiar with the scheme, get your technique down, the technique that correlates with the scheme, and just to become comfortable in the game plan and what the defensive coordinator wants from me.”
(On how the Dolphins’ offseason practices compare to others he’s been a part of) – “It’s been a big adjustment. It’s a new defense. There are new techniques that I haven’t played my whole career. I’m trying to adjust as fast as I can. So it’s been an adjustment, but I’m slowly improving. So I’m just working on making sure I can perfect the technique that correlates with the scheme.”
(On how many times he’s made a transition like this in his career…) – “You know I’ve been with four teams. I’ve played in every scheme possible. You know coming here will probably make me playing in every scheme possible, but you know it’s just a matter of the way… everybody coaches different, everybody expects you to play different, everybody’s dialogue and technique is different. That’s the adjustment, because once you become comfortable playing one way, now you have to switch your rules, your mindset, the way you view certain things and that is the biggest adjustment.”
(On if the defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, a former secondary coach, is paying special attention to what the corners are doing) – “Oh no doubt about it. There’s a special interest there. There’s a way that he wants his corners and his secondary to play and that’s part of the transition.”
(On if he’s taken on the veteran role, or if it will develop over time) – “It just has to develop, because I’m new to this. You know I came here at the end, but this is still new for me. Like I said it’s still a new transition for me at the end of the day. So my mindset is to become comfortable with what they do first before I take on any role, I just want to make sure I get the scheme down and my technique down, and how I approach this defense going into a season and whatnot. So that’s priority number one for me. Then everything else will fall into place, because you can’t be a leader if you’re not putting good stuff on film.”
(On wide receivers standing out in practice) – “You know there are a lot of guys that look good, who are very competitive. You know (Brian) Hartline. Rishard (Matthews). Armon Binns. He’s made some plays out there. (Mike) Wallace. They’re a competitive group and they’ve all done some good things out there so far, so it’s been competitive overall.”
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