Minkah Fitzpatrick agrees with mom, that he’s miscast

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Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was busy practicing Wednesday, but his mom had his back. And he thinks she has a point.

While the Dolphins were on the field this morning, Fitzpatrick’s mother Melissa responded to a tweet from Dolphins beat writer Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel suggesting that her son was struggling.

After practice, the versatile defensive back (who plays corner, safety, even linebacker at times) admitted that being an in-the-box safety might not exactly suit him.

“It is what it is,” Minkah Fitzpatrick said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “She’s being honest and saying how she feels. There’s nothing wrong with it. I wish she would have addressed me first and talked to me first before it happens, but it is what it is. She feels very strongly.

She’s not wrong. Coach has asked me do something right now. I got to do what they ask me to do. If we have to have some discussions in the future, we’ll have those discussions.”

The Dolphins are running short at the moment, with with Reshad Jones, T.J. McDonald and Walt Aikens all injured. So Bobby McCain‘s been working at free safety, forcing Fitzpatrick into an unnatural position for a 207-pound player.

Health for other players will likely solve this problem, and the 2018 first-rounder acknowledged this was probably a temporary assignment.

“They don’t expect to win every single snap against a 320-pound tackle,” he said. “They just want me to do my job. They’re not going to put me in situations where I have to do that every single play. They know where my strengths are. . . .

“You just got to do it, man. If you resist it, you’re not going to play well. If you think about playing somewhere else, you’re not going to make the most of your position. I’m not 215 pounds, 220 pounds. So playing in the box isn’t best suited for me, but that’s coach is asking me to do. I’m going to go out there and practice my hardest.”

He deserves credit for being honest about the situation, and you can forgive his mother, for doing what a parent is there to do.

15 responses to “Minkah Fitzpatrick agrees with mom, that he’s miscast

  1. Looking at the list of Alabama DBs drafted over the past 5 years, the only one who has had some success is Eddie Jackson who was a 4th round pick. Ha Ha couldn’t make it to his 2nd contract in Green Bay.

  2. Trade him to the Patriots and Belichick will turn him into an All pro in two seasons if not sooner. Apparently Flores didn’t learn how to put players in the best position to succeed from Belichick.

  3. Did any of you knucklehead read the article???? He’s playing out of position due to injuries, not because of his skill set….

  4. This kid is a football player all the way. Can play any position and if he’s breathing I want him on the field because he’s that good.

  5. I’ll take 11 Minkah’s on my team! Kids good at SO MANY things, it makes it hard to just keep him at one position because injuries DO happen during an NFL season. Having a player of Minks abilities who can play multiple positions is a great asset. It’s hard on the player to not only adjust to playing multiple positions but do it quickly, without making any mistakes. The fact that they would ask such a young player to even do this shows that they as a coaching staff believe in his talent and versatility. He might stumble a bit at first but this kids a winner and he will do great things. Phins up!

  6. There is no question he is being miscast. They are absolutely correct. DB positions are sorted by weight:
    Corner is 190 lbs.
    Free Safety is 205-210 lbs
    Strong Safety is 215-220 lbs
    WLB is 220-240 lbs.

    Asking a 207 lb player to play SS or WLB is incorrect. That’s how you get players injured. I mean he maybe the best, smartest guy in the world, but you don’t want to place him at OG, blocking 300 lb Christian Wilkins, it would be miscast.

    Additionally, Minkah is a little heavy for Corner / Slot Corner. He played great at Slot Corner last year. He would play even better at Corner at 190lbs.

    They seem to be kind of asking him to beef up, when he should probably be doing the opposite and slimming down. Would you ask Patrick Surtain in his prime… we want you to replace Sammy Knight at SS… so please gain 20 lbs?

  7. Minkah can be a top 3 FS. He is extremely versatile so the tendency will be to move him whenever there is an injury. McCain is a slot corner and should stay there. With these injuries I would keep Minkah at FS, McCain at slot corner and then use the fastest/smartest back up LB as SS and help him in coverage when possible.

  8. Lotta haters on this comment board…you can have your own opinion but not your own facts.
    Minka was in the running for defensive rookie of the year and now that Matt Burke is back flipping burgers, will shine this season. Kid is as smart as they come for DB’s and once we get to week 1, he’ll be back on the boundary and straight out ballin.

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