Minkah Fitzpatrick wants to know what position he’ll play

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The Dolphins used rookie defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick at three different positions in 2018. He’d like to narrow that to one in 2019, and he’d like to know fairly soon which one it will be.

Via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Fitzpatrick said late in the 2018 season that he’d like to have an answer by January or February. And Fitzpatrick has a practical reason for knowing the answer.

“I lost 10 pounds playing cornerback because I moved faster, chasing guys around,” Fitzpatrick told Jackson. “If I’m playing safety, maybe eight to 10 pounds more [is better] so I have a little extra thud.”

Fitzpatrick made those comments before a major

thud happened in Miami, in the form of a coaching change. With Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores expected to take over, he’ll likely be the one to decide where Fitzpatrick plays: Safety, slot corner, or boundary corner.

26 responses to “Minkah Fitzpatrick wants to know what position he’ll play

  1. By all means please tell the man what position he’ll be underwhelming at in 2019 so he’ll know if he needs to look lost at 200 lbs or 210 lbs.

  2. I think all workers should do that at their place of employment. I could just see a WalMart worker go in and say “Look, you’ve used me as customer service, a cashier, and I cover the pets department… Make up your mind, What’s my single area!!!?” Yes, let’s see how that goes. You got a job, be happy. You’re playing football for a living… Celebrate!

  3. Didn’t seem to bother Derwin James much. The more you can do the more valuable you are.

  4. if anyone is comparing the needs of a professional athlete to know what he is going to be doing to a Walmart employee it probably means they are a Walmart employee.
    Anyone using logic can see there is no comparison between the 2.

  5. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 19, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    Can he play QB?
    That’s our greatest need!

    Considering the team is about to have it’s tenth head coach in 15 years (same as the Browns) it appears from the outside a decent owner and GM would be of more benefit.

  6. whostolemyxanax says:
    January 19, 2019 at 2:13 pm
    Didn’t seem to bother Derwin James much. The more you can do the more valuable you are.


    He wasn’t that valuable against the Patriots in the playoffs. Did he even play?

  7. He had a legit point and you Jets fans will soon see what he means. Your new head coach is horrible at player management and Fitz is a solid safety and was drafted to be just that. Putting him at 3 different positions just hampered his growth as a NFL player.
    This guy will be a pro bowler year after year once they get a stable coaching team set up.
    Gase tried to ruin many players career moving them all over the place because of his stupidity thinking he was a genius. McCain is a slot CB and that is ALL. And they had him playing outside as he was getting beat like he stole something. You poor Jets fans will see Gase try to build his players around his game plan instead of game planning based on what each player thrives at.

  8. sceaglesfan says:
    January 19, 2019 at 2:33 pm
    Tell me again why the Patriots always win the AFC East?


    Certainly not because they sweep the other teams in the AFC East year in and year out. Those teams actually manage to beat the Pats once in a while

  9. Some of you guys kill me. It sure didn’t sound like he was complaining, and he certainly didn’t threaten to hold out or anything. He’s not a diva. He actually would just like to know how best to train in the offseason, which means he’ll actually be training in the offseason!

    And as far as being underwhelming, if you follow the link in the article you’d know he had an excellent rookie season, and was actually the top rated slot corner in the NFL by QB ratings. Personally I think they should move Jones back to SS and make Fitz the FS. Hopefully Flores sees it that way.

  10. djstat says:
    January 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm
    Hello Diva,

    We signed you to play football. Play what the coach asks you to play.

    I guess with your logic, it should be no problem asking him to play on the Offensive line.

  11. Is it harder to find a shutdown CB or a FS? Who gets paid more a Boundary CB or a FS? Firzpatrick was really improving as a Boundary CB at the end of the year!! Re-sign Xavien Howard, keep Minkah Fitzpatrick and his high football IQ and work ethic and that duo will outplay or rival the Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain CB tandem.

  12. Corners are generally around 190 lbs.
    Free Safety is usually around 208 lbs.
    Strong Safety is usually around 225 lbs.

    It seemed like garbage, using these 3 positions interchangeably, this year. Fitz did the best he could and it was good enough.

    Why Rashad Jones and TJ McDonald were swapping positions… that was stupidity. TJ is also too heavy to play Free Safety.

    These guys can swap for a play or 2, but after a whole half, you get tired carrying an extra 20 pounds on every play. This was poor management, poor strength and conditioning, etc…

  13. This one is easy…FREE SAFETY. Extend Jones if that makes sense, keep McCain as slot and draft a stud at 13 to complement X on the boundaries. It is great Fitz has the ability to play multiple spots but outside of injury he needs to stay in one.

  14. He wants to know what position is going to play 1st off what you need to know is who’s going to be His coach don’t forget What Josh McDaniel Did Colts not a very intelligent question to ask at this time and junction go to show how this organization evaluates talent could of had a great QB prospect but pick some one who play multiple positions for saban but now want clarification were he be on the field another draft pick wasted

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