Rookie Report – Defense Week 7: Minkah Fitzpatrick

Defense: Week 7

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Miami Dolphins

Before the draft, I referred to Fitzpatrick as Nick Saban’s swiss army knife. He was deployed all over the field throughout his career in Alabama and translated perfectly to the professional game. In our mock draft, I had him going at seventh overall to the Buccaneers, who could seriously use his help, but I guess I just chose the wrong city in Florida for his new home. He’s fast enough to cover in the slot, can provide over the top cover against top targets, and isn’t scared to rush the passer, or cover larger tight ends. He’s fared well in a variety of roles thus far for the Dolphins, who have started him in three of the first seven weeks. Fitzpatrick ranks eighth in the league among rookies in total tackles, despite not starting every game, and has displayed his ball hawking tendencies already, hauling in an INT in week four against Tom Brady and the Patriots. One thing that jumps out to me as I look over his week by week performances is that he’s fared best in the weeks when he’s starting. Coming off the bench he seems to be a little bit out of sorts. Perhaps because he hasn’t come off of the bench in any sport since the fifth grade…

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