Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Dion Jordan hasn’t been with the team since the day after the last game of the preseason, which was August 29. During his suspension, Joe Philbin said that they weren’t allowed to talk to him and said that Jordan was on his own due to NFL rules. He’ll officially report back to the team today after the players were off yesterday and will be looking to make an impact as soon as possible. However, it’s important not to compare him to Reshad Jones, who was immediately inserted into the starting lineup.
“He [Reshad Jones] came back in really good shape," Philbin said. "I guess we were a little bit fortunate we had a couple of days of practice in that bye week to kind of assess where he was at, but his movement skill was very good really from the day he got back, so I think he took very good care of his body. There wasn’t a lot of muscle soreness. It wasn’t like he hadn’t worked out and was all of a sudden doing change-of-direction drills and all of the sudden he is tight in his hips or his hamstrings or what have you. I think he just did a lot of the right things physically taking care of his body, and I do think maybe the bye week was a little bit of an advantage for him.”
Philbin said that they are going to have to get him on the field and start working with him to see where he’s at while being sure to take it one day at a time. Kevin Coyle echoed those sentiments but also said they are looking forward to getting him on the field as fast as possible.
“We’ll find out here as the week goes on. Football shape is different than just being out there training. I envision he’ll be in good shape. He’s the type of athlete, Dion is the kind of guy that can run all day, so we’ve never had any issues with him being out of shape. I hope he comes back and is ready to go. It won’t be tough. You have good players, you find ways to utilize them. He’s certainly a very talented guy.”
It’s not like the defensive line needs a ton of help but with the addition of Jordan, it will make them that much more dangerous and ferocious on game day and opposing quarterbacks won’t be too excited about facing off against the Dolphins’ defense.
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