The start of OTAs is the first chance to check in with some players since the end of last season and things can change dramatically over just a few months.
That appears to be the case with Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Jordan looks like “he took an air pump and plugged it into his arms and shoulders this offseason” as he bulked up to over 265 pounds. Jordan played at 248 pounds last season and admitted on Tuesday that he felt too light to do the job the Dolphins were asking him to do.
“I was definitely too light to go out there against some of those offensive tackles,” Jordan said. “This year I had the opportunity to have an offseason where I can take care of my body. I’m trying to move forward and continue to try to better myself in a few areas.”
Coach Joe Philbin said that the Dolphins considered moving Jordan to outside linebacker, but ultimately decided against it because they wanted Jordan focused on rushing the passer instead of covering receivers. Jordan did look out of place at the position at times last season, so the Dolphins will have to bet that increased bulk and a fully healed shoulder get him where he needs to be.