FOXBOROUGH — Just a year after signing a four-year deal to remain with the Patriots, Kyle Arrington could be in danger of losing his job. But in recent days the sixth-year slot corner has been getting some reps at safety. That, combined with his special teams ability, could secure a roster spot.
“I think Kyle has a really good skill set to play anywhere [in the secondary],” Belichick said. “He’s fast, he’s tough, he’s a good tackler, which your safeties need to be, but I’d say it’s even more important at safety. He tackles well, he runs, he’s a very athletic player.”
The Patriots have used Arrington on the corner blitz on occasion, and he had two sacks last season.
Going from slot corner to safety is not the easiest of transitions, Belichick said.
“It’s definitely different, no question,” he said. “But there’s no way when you start getting into sub defenses where you’re playing five and six defensive backs, you can’t carry 12 defensive backs in a game so everybody has a backup for their position. Somebody has to play multiple positions.”
Dobson, Easley are in
Dobson and Dominique Easley, the team’s first-round draft pick, both made their camp debuts. Dobson had been recovering from offseason foot surgery, while Easley, a defensive tackle, was recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season at Florida . . . Rookie Taylor McCuller, a free agent out of West Texas A&M, has been wearing two shirts during recent practices, switching between blue and white No. 53 jerseys. Blue is what the defensive players wear and white is for the offense. The 6-foot-2-inch, 240-pound McCuller, who signed as a linebacker, also has been seeing some work as a fullback. “I’d say probably at least half the fullbacks in the NFL played defense in college, so I don’t think it’s rare,” Belichick said of McCuller’s multiple roles. “Some do, some don’t at that position. There are just as many defensive players playing fullback as there are offense. Like James Develin. He played linebacker in college.’’ In his short time with the Patriots, McCuller has clearly learned rule No. 1: The more you can do.Shalise Manza Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.