Now in his third season after being a fifth-round pick in 2010, Carroll came into this season with four career starts. Carroll played receiver in high school in the Jacksonville area, as well as in his first year at Maryland, but he said he always wanted to play defense.
“I haven’t played the position as long as some, so every day is a learning process,” he said.
Carroll didn’t play much as a rookie, although he found himself playing more as the season went on. Carroll said having Sean Smith helping him out on and off the field was beneficial.
“He has the confidence and knows what he is doing out there,” said Smith, who now lines up across from Carroll in the Miami defensive backfield. “In this game, there are a lot of shifts and motions, and coverages can change. I think he’s confident now in knowing that whatever happens he’s prepared enough to take care of it.”
Confidence is a something every cornerback needs, because without it, receivers are going to sense that fear and take advantage of the situation.
Wide receiver Davone Bess said he has noticed Carroll gaining more and more confidence in his game. Bess goes up against Carroll quite a bit during practice and said it makes him feel good to help in Carroll’s development on the other side of the ball. Carroll said going up against Bess in practice as a rookie “really shook me up.”
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