This just in: Dion Jordan’s making the Dolphins roster.
But the third overall pick in this year’s draft is out to do whatever he needs to, and has approached special teams duty with the optimism you normally get out of fringe guys trying to make the roster.
“I feel like if you can’t participate on special teams, as a football player, that says something about you,” Jordan said, via David Neal of the Miami Herald. “I feel like it’s one of the hardest things to do. It reveals how athletic you are and how much you’re able to take in from the game.”
With his combination of size and speed, Jordan should be a prototype for what every special teams coach in the league would want. Instead, they usually get the back-of-the-roster spare linebackers and defensive backs.
But Jordan played in the kicking game at Oregon, and viewed his continuing that as a natural extension.
“Dion’s attitude, effort and enthusiasm towards special teams has been great,” Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi said. “He did it at Oregon. That’s certainly a benefit to us that he’s done it before. He’s run downfield on kickoffs. A lot of times when you’re dealing with young players, especially high-profile guys, they haven’t done it.”
The Dolphins could easily save him for the pass-rush snaps they drafted him for, but his willingness to do more is a good example to the rest of the roster.