Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Reshad Jones most likely has some rust that he needs to shake off after being suspended for the first four games of the season but so far, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is pleased with his progress.
“Very, very pleased with the condition that Reshad has come back in. He’s only had a few practices, so we’re still trying to get him up to speed in a lot of areas. But his conditioning has been very good and his play speed has been excellent. Sometimes guys give each other a hard time about having fresh legs when somebody comes back from either being injured or what have you, but he’s noticeably fast out on the field right now and covering a lot of ground and doing a good job.”
Coyle will have his hands full on Sunday with Jones, Koa Misi and Randy Starks returning to the lineup. However, he views it as a good problem to have and likes the advantage of having so many different bodies to mix and match throughout the game.
“I’m encouraged by the fact that we’ve had more guys able to practice. It gives us an opportunity to try to role play some people, try to find some roles, try to keep some people fresh. I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with too many good players out there during the course of the game. I think it will help us in the long run.”
One of the more interesting things that Coyle said is that he would consider moving Jones to the strong safety position, Louis Delmas to the free safety position and Jimmy Wilson to the slot in certain scenarios.
“That’s a possibility. We’ve invested a lot of time with Cortland (Finnegan) playing the nickel. He’s done a good job inside, made some big plays in the last ball game, not only the fumble recovery where he was coming on a blitz and scooped it, but he had a near interception on a slant ball earlier in the game where he did a heck of job. Again, there are options. There are options with Cortland, Jimmy, Jamar Taylor is getting work in there right now. We’ll see how it all shakes out. But we’re going to need a lot of guys to step up in the secondary to play against this team because they’re going to give us a lot three and in some cases four wide looks.”
No matter who steps on the field and where, they will have their hands full against a potent Green Bay Packers offense.