Written by Matthew Cannata
Defensive end Dion Jordan, who was drafted number three overall in the 2013 draft, took part in practice on Friday. Jordan was suspended by the NFL for the first four weeks of the regular season but can take part in all team activities leading up to that point.
Despite the suspension, Jordan said his approach hasn’t changed and the coaches have taken the same approach as they plan to get him as many reps as possible during camp.
“My mind-set is the same if I was coming in if I didn’t have to miss out any games,” Jordan said. “I’ve got to prepare and find a way to make myself better and figure out what I can do to help this team. It’s a one-day-at-a-time type of situation for myself. All I can do is make sure I’m ready when the time comes.”
Jordan, who is eligible to return to action for the game against the Green Bay Packers on October 5, was asked what learned from the incident.
“That you’ve got to be accountable,” he said. “The older you get, the more people depend on you. I figure if nobody can depend on you, then you’re really not worth nothing. I’ve got to grow up and learn from what I’m going through and just take it as a lesson, keep moving.”
Jordan can be a superstar in the NFL if he gets it all together and matures. If he really learned his lesson, we should expect to see him wreak havoc on the league for years to come.