Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Reshad Jones has been away from the team since the end of the last preseason team and re-joined last week after the Miami Dolphins arrived back in the United States. Jones had been serving a four game suspension due to a violation of the league’s drug policy.
Now that it’s over, the team is ready for him to jump back into the lineup and take over the secondary but of course, Joe Philbin must be cautious with him so he doesn’t get injured after being off for so long.
“He’s out here practicing every day, so we’ll see how it goes and see where he is at conditioning wise. He had two practices last week. He had a practice today, so we’ll see how he does.”
Philbin noted that he thought the secondary did a good job without Jones but admitted they had their lapses in coverage and communication.
“I think they are doing a good job. Overall I think the performance has been solid, some games better than others, but I think overall it’s been solid. (There is) a lot of room for improvement. We didn’t have any interceptions until the last game that we played, so that was something we felt we wanted to improve and work on. We got kind of a good number on that one particular game, but that’s something. Obviously, this is a team (Green Bay) that is hard to intercept their quarterback (Aaron Rodgers). He does a great job, but that’s going to be one of the keys to the game is to see if we can get some turnovers off these guys. I think they are number one in the league. They are plus-six, again one of the things they’ve done extremely well.”
Getting Jones back would be a huge boost to the defense and would allow Jimmy Wilson to move back into the slot. This would also allow Wilson to resume his role on special teams, which he excels out. Hopefully Jones will continue to progress enough to the point where he’s able to make an impact on Sunday.