I guess it depends how you count Byron Jones. They believed in camp that he’d be ready for week 1, but it looks like he won’t play this season.
It’s actual remarkably similar to Gilmore, who did play for the Panthers but on a limited snap count in most of those games. He reportedly was expected to be ready for minicamp, but he held out so they didn’t know how far behind schedule he was until he reported to camp.
Jones has played to his contract but he would have definitely improved the quality of their CB room, if he had been healthy. His season was over before it really started, however, so I didn’t count him, especially so late in the season.
My main point was that the Patriots situation was much more of a “next man up” one than the Dolphins and what the Pats were able to do without three out of their top four cornerbacks (and the fourth being less than 100%) was laudable. Crosson has been part of their defense all year, whereas the Pats were forced to play two CBs who were both pulled off of the street within the last two weeks. It is definitely not an apples to apples comparison, as the other poster was suggesting.