Xavien Howard has three interceptions at practice today
By Brian Miller
When Xavien Howard took the field today he was in for a really good day. In fact the local media couldn’t keep up with his interception totals.
Xavien Howard is becoming everything the Miami Dolphins had hoped for when they drafted him and it appears he may go a bit further. T.J. McDonald is already calling him a shutdown corner and today he made the quarterbacks look bad.
Howard told the reporters that he had three picks today in practice although one will need to be confirmed later on film. He assured them he had it.
"(The one down here, it looked like the refs weren’t sure.) – “We’re going to watch it on the film and see, but I had it in my hands. It was three picks today.” – Via MiamiDolphins.com"
Howard has been a star throughout camp with Matt Burke praising him on his consistency. Last year Howard took a big step in his development when he intercepted Tom Brady twice. His weeks afterwards were pretty good as well and he seemed to have turned a corner.
Now it appears that he is ready to continue that progress. Howard said he increased his film study time and has found some “comfort” in his position.
The camaraderie between the offense and defense is also building which is a good sign. Howard said that during one-on-one drills Kenny Stills got the best of him but in team drills he got the best of Stills. As Howard put it he still had to do push-ups and Ryan Tannehill, who told him to get down and do them, got a “You will pay for this” type of response.
Howard says he is a trash talker and tries to talk to trash to Tannehill but that it doesn’t phase him.
When asked about the secondary Howard said they have more confidence in themselves.