The near-season-long fall from favor of Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell reached its nadir on Tuesday when he was cut to make room for new backup quarterback David Fales.
Maxwell started the first two games of the season for the Dolphins but when he played poorly while pretty much playing a scheme other than what the Dolphins coaches were asking for, he was benched.
A foot injury helped to keep him there but it became apparent after Maxwell did not dress for a fourth straight game last Sunday that he wasn’t going to escape the doghouse anytime soon.
Still, his release comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, the Dolphins absorbed an $8.5 million cap hit to get rid of him and it’s not like the Dolphins have a lot of depth at the position.
There is no question that Cordrea Tankersley has earned the right to play ahead of Maxwell, but Alterraun Verner is the best corner the Dolphins have in reserve now and Verner isn’t necessarily better than Maxwell.
But Verner will play the scheme the Dolphins want him to and if he’s benched he won’t complain about it. Just as he did with the Buccaneers a year ago, he’ll accept his demotion and move on.
As for Fales, he now becomes the next man up should something happen to Matt Moore, who will start Thursday against the Ravens in place of the injured Jay Cutler (cracked ribs).
A San Jose State product and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick of the Bears, Fales was with the Dolphins during training camp and the preseason when he completed 27-of-55 passes for 424 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.
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