Dolphins fans, have no fear, we’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Yes it’s the offseason and no there isn’t a lot of Dolphins news to share with you. …BUT, we’re back and will keeping your offseason full of Dolphins related news and analysis. We’ve taken our one break for the season, but now we’re back and ready to dive into the Dolphins 2013 season. The Dolphins are currently going through mini-camps/OTAs, trying to get all of their rookies and veterans on the same page. But,. the calendar is about to turn to June and then we are only a few weeks away from the start of training camp! In fact, the Dolphins season officially begins in just 101 days….which may sound like a long time, but considering the amount of work to be done, it’s not much time at all.
Since we aren’t privy to all of the ins and outs of the Dolphins offseason work, we wanted to explain why it is important for the Dolphins to reach an agreement on a long term deal with Reshad Jones. The Dolphins drafted Jones 3 years ago in the 5th round and he’s gotten better every season he’s played. He’s not a vocal leader, but his play does the talking for him on the field. Last year, he played at a Pro Bowl level. He made 73 tackles, had 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions, and 9 passes defensed. That’s a good season, especially when you consider it was Jones’ first season playing under new defensive coordinator, Kevin Coyle.
Jones did not exactly have a lot of help in the secondary either. Consider that he was playing with Chris Clemons, who is solid but not spectacular…..and he had Sean ‘burnt toast’ Smith and Nolan Carroll playing at the cornerback spots. Jones did a good job in pass coverage and was even better at helping stuff the run. He’s quickly becoming the type of player the Dolphins hoped he would become when they selected him the 5th round a few years ago. (CLICK HERE, continued on page 2)