There have been a lot of dynamic duos in the history of the Miami Dolphins. The likes of Mark Duper and Mark Clayton, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, as well as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams for those too young to truly appreciate the greatness of the former two.
Now though, the Dolphins may have put the pieces in place for the next great dynamic duo in the secondary, after they signed former Rams safety T.J. McDonald to a one-year deal.
Granted, McDonald won't be able to play until midway through the season due to the fact that the 26-year old safety violated the NFL's substance abuse policy, but that isn't stopping him from putting forth the required effort to make sure he's ready when the time comes, and he made it obvious that he plans to call on star safety Reshad Jones to help him through that process.
"He's a vet, he's a guy you can definitely pick his brain and learn a lot from, I've got a lot of respect for him, his tape speaks for itself." McDonald said Friday morning at the Fins Weekend golf tournament. "He's been here for a long time so anything - he's there to help - so anything I can pick from him, I definitely need to add that to my game and what I can do in this defense. He's somebody that you can rely on as far as getting to know the X's and O's of what's going on."
Jones has made a name for himself in the past few seasons for his ballhawking skills and tackling prowess, and Miami rewarded him with a 5-year, $60 million dollar contract this offseason, ensuring his presence in the secondary for the foreseeable future, and McDonald is excited to be playing alongside him.
"It's definitely exciting anytime you can play with a great player, somebody that is well known in this league and has earned his respect, so I'm definitely excited to play with him," McDonald said. "We're physical players, definitely guys that are going to be around the ball, and anytime that you have that together is good, so I'm just worried about getting back out there and being able to play good ball."
Coach Adam Gase said on Friday that the plan is to work McDonald as if he weren't suspended at all, getting in his reps and seeing what he can do on the practice field for the Dolphins while simultaneously looking for a way to eventually fit him in.
"We're gonna practice him, kinda see how he fits in and where he fits in, we'll obviously start the season off without him." Gase said. "Both guys [McDonald and Jones] are able to either be down in the box or back in the middle of the field, so anytime you've got interchangeable pieces, that's a good thing to have."
It won't come right away, but with McDonald and Jones playing alongside each other in the secondary, Miami could potentially have one of the hardest hitting safety tandems in the NFL. With any luck, things will work out the way the Dolphins hope they will, and a new dynamic duo will be born.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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