Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Dion Jordan was selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft after the Dolphins moved up to select him. However, a shoulder injury limited his playing time. He was expected to make a big jump in 2014 and be a major contributor until he was hit with a four game suspension to begin the season.
However, Jordan is staying optimistic - perhaps because the Dolphins have so much depth on the defensive line and he knows that the team will still be in good shape without him.
“I’m going into my second year now, and I am looking forward to that big game where I come up and make big-time plays for our team and win these games,” Jordan said Sunday.
Head Coach Joe Philbin said while Jordan has done a pretty good job, there's still things to improve on.
“I think, No. 1, we want to keep seeing the get-off,” Philbin said. “He has a very good get-off. Obviously, people are aware. He got chipped a couple of times. He got double-teamed a few times. He’s got to develop that sense of when that could occur, how to counter that, and I think it’s a matter of technique. His get-off is good, his motor is good. I think those will come.”
“A guy like myself, I don’t feel like I need too many moves,” Jordan said. “As long as I’ve got speed. … It’s like Cam Wake. You don’t need too many moves if you’ve got speed. As long as he’s able to use that whenever he needs it, he’s good. I’m here for one thing — that’s to help my team win games. Whatever coaches ask me to do, I’m going to go out there and do it. At the same time, I feel like I have a long career ahead of me in this league. There’s no reason for me to put all this pressure on myself when I understand that I’m going to be here for a while.”