That’s the message Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones would give to his fellow teammate, wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
Last summer, Jones was heading into the last year of his rookie contract. He was coming off a Pro Bowl season, becoming the first NFL safety to record 135 tackles (4th in the NFL), ten pass deflections, five interceptions, two sacks, and two defensive touchdowns, both of which he scored with his ‘signature’ corkscrew dive into the endzone.
As one of the top safeties in the league, Jones wanted to be paid like one. And he considered holding out through the summer to force the Dolphins to speed up negotiations on a new contract.
But when the Dolphins told Jones that he would be taken care of, Jones put his faith in the team and showed up for camp. And even though he missed most of last season as he recovered from a torn rotator cuff, the team knew his value, and he was rewarded with a rich contract, as promised this past spring.
“Just continue to do the right things," Jones said as advice for Landry. "Buy into the system, be the leader that you are for the team and for the offensive side of the ball and just to continue to do things the right way and this organization will reward you.
“Last year, they just told me continue to do the right things. They’re just not going to do things two years before it was time. Everything was right. They kept their word and they made it happen.”
Take note, Mr. Landry, the same will happen for you.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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