By: Jason Sarney
The Miami Dolphins shocked the NFL world when they signed cornerback Byron Jones to what was, at the time, the highest awarded salary at his position. Second on that list, albeit now third, is current Dolphins Xavien Howard.
The Jones signing brings a potential combo that could be reminiscent of the legendary Dolphin duo of Sam Madison and Pat Surtain from the late 1990’s-early 2000’s.
Jones comes from the Dallas Cowboys, where he sent receivers to an island of limited to zero targets when he checked them, as the new Miami cornerback bookend to Howard, could just make this the best tandem in the league today.
Jones, who was drafted a Cowboy in 2015, can play all over the defensive backfield. A former 1st round pick, the 27th overall selection is a perfect player for coach Brian Flores’ system. The former UConn Huskie had a terrific year for Dallas in 2018, and was a Pro-Bowler as well as being a second-team All-Pro.
Back in 2015, Jones created a buzz at the NFL Scouting Combine, as he set a new world record in the popular drill of the standing broad-jump, by leaping 12-feet, 3-inches. He easily broke the previous record held by Jamie Collins, which was 11-feet, 7-inches.
Broad-jump aside, Jones creates havoc in the secondary, as his blanketing coverage will now send quarterbacks looking the way of receivers checked by Howard, and last year’s undrafted rookie phenom, Nik Needham. The Dolphins have arguably created a triple-headed monster in the defensive backfield, especially with the way Flores rotates and schemes his defensive formations.
Jones stated early what his addition could mean for the Miami secondary, as he boasted, “the most important part is really having no weak links."
Jones shared his excitement of being a new Dolphin as it was obvious, he is ready to come into a young team and be an instant leader. When asked why he chose Miami in free agency, his responses had the same overall mindset.
"I love to idea of joining a young team and being a catalyst for change,” he led with.
As he added to why he signed with Miami, he stated emphatically, "I wanted to be a part of building something special. I like the young roster and I like the coach. For me, it was a good fit."
The fit has a lot to do with Coach Brian Flores, as although they have not met face to face since Jones signed, the new Dolphin has heard nothing but rave reviews of his new head man.
"He's a young coach and I love that. He's got young energy.”
That energy is visible as well as what is heard through the league grapevine. “I hear he's intense, Jones said happily.
He added, "I heard a lot of good things about him around the league,” and “that's exciting for me just to be on a team he's leading.”
Jones concluded his interview with a visible eagerness to become a part of a building process with a young team.
"I am fired up to play for Miami. This is a young team going in the right direction.
As far as what Dolphin fans can expect from their new lock-down corner…
"I can bring leadership and good man-coverage."
"We're going to have some fun."
The live-action continues at 2:00 with running back, Jordan Howard!
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