Who will fill Reshad Jones’ spot at Safety for Dolphins?
By Cyrus (@Cyruslassus on Twitter)
More disappointing news for the Miami Dolphins as Reshad Jones has been suspended four games for the league substance abuse police. Jones joins Dion Jordan among the hundreds (slight exaggeration) of players with a positive test attributed to a supplement he did not know contained a banned substance.
The limited amount of information that the public gets in these suspensions is disappointing. We do not know what kind of performance enhancing drug the players took and it seems everything gets the same exact suspension. Assuming the PEDs helped Dion Jordan get bigger, then he might have gotten more bang for his buck for his suspension.
I would like to know which substance a player takes “accidentally” and wonder if the punishment should be one size fits all, but the point is that Reshad Jones will miss four weeks and the next man up must step up.
Jimmy Wilson is a strong candidate as he could slide over to strong safety, creating an opportunity at the nickel cornerback position. Jamar Taylor and Will Davis headline a group of young cornerbacks who may or may not be ready to step up as the nickel corner.
>This is an exciting opportunity for Wilson as his future might be brighter as a safety than as a corner. If Wilson gets the first crack at the role, I am confident that he will outperform Reshad’s 2013 performance.
The bright side to the absences of Pouncey, Jordan and now Jones to start the season is that the team has time to come up with a Plan B and could potentially be getting deeper and more talented as the players return at a time when most teams will inevitably be scrambling to fill major holes.
For now, the question mark seems to shift to corner, and if none of the guys in camp is able to fill the void, then the Dolphins will surely find a safety or corner via the waiver wire or a trade.
Jones will be missed, but the team has four weeks of meaningless games to experiment and come up with viable solutions.
That’s the silver lining.