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Jason Taylor sees great potential in Dion Jordan

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The Dolphins had a great pass rusher in Jason Taylor.  They have a couple of great pass rushers in Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon.  They hope to eventually have a great pass rusher in Dion Jordan.

To help Jordan get the most out of his potential, the Dolphins have arranged for Taylor to help tutor the third overall pick in the 2013 draft.  In a recent visit with NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Taylor talked about Jordan’s development.

“It was really his first year putting his hand in the dirt, being able to play defensive end from the dirt so in my little bit of experience working with him in the last few weeks, he’s a bright kid, he’s very very athletic, very talented, quick fast long can play with leverage,” Taylor said.  “Coming off a shoulder injury last year he had a bit of a setback and didn’t have a chance to really come into camp and understand what he needed to do to get ready to play, but having a whole offseason healthy and being able to concentrate on football and learn some of the intricacies of the game, using his hands better and playing with better leverage and realizing you can’t just speed rush everybody in this league on every play.  That’s one of the things I talked to him about. You have to come up with a counter move and use his length and his athleticism.

“He’s learning. He’s a young kid, he’s a sponge though. It’s great to work with someone like that, he’s a sponge and has unbelievable control of his body athletically and one of those guys where you can tell him what to do, show him what to do and he’ll translate that and do it himself so I look forward to watching him play this year, I think he’ll have a big year and hopefully I’ll get a chance to work with him in training camp and see his progression.”

Ideally, the Dolphins will be able to develop a true rotation at the position, with Wake, Vernon, and Jordan each using their skills in a way that keeps them fresher — and that eventually wears down an opposing offensive line.  If Jordan can indeed develop with the help of Taylor and others, Jordan could become the guy the Dolphins hoped he’d be when trading up from No. 12 to No. 3 a mere 14 months ago.

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23 Responses to “Jason Taylor sees great potential in Dion Jordan”
  1. SportsFan561 says: Jun 25, 2014 10:53 PM

    Cant wait for everyone to start calling the Dolphins fans bandwagoners this year!

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 25, 2014 11:00 PM

    No. He’s the next Vernon Gholston and Aaron Maybin. #bust

  3. kgun80 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:05 PM

    Kiko> Jordan…. Dolphins fans and management have to live with picking the wrong Oregon LB twice a year for a long time!

  4. phinfanatic84 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:25 PM

    Jason, please call Al Golden ASAP and show Jethro Franklin what he should be coaching his defensive linemen!

  5. uglydingo says: Jun 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    Great to hear that Dion is learning from one of the very best. Dolphins D-line will be good this year. Lots of talent.

  6. tkebean says: Jun 25, 2014 11:57 PM

    I’m sure he’s going to be one of the next great pass rushers…why else would he have been on the trading block before the draft?

  7. greatmiamisportsmind says: Jun 26, 2014 12:29 AM

    He must be the only one since Philbin is “excited to see him on special teams.”

  8. 209erfan says: Jun 26, 2014 2:18 AM

    If this kid can live up to his potential man… the dolphins could have a scary good pass rush with him and wake on the other side and starks eating up blockers in the middle…and i think.jordan could probly put on another 15 pounds of muscle without losing any speed so he could also be effective in the run game

  9. flash1287 says: Jun 26, 2014 4:48 AM

    Bust!

  10. ebr362 says: Jun 26, 2014 6:05 AM

    All the haters out there wanted to label this guy a bust due to his minimal use last year. Not many rookies can have shoulder surgery, miss ota’s due to the finishing school requirement and miss regular training camp rehabbing and still be expected to make an impact during the season. He was rated one of the top, if not the top D pick for a reason. With Taylors teaching this should be a very telling and exciting year to see just what the Fins got in that 3rd pick.

  11. markeyh says: Jun 26, 2014 6:12 AM

    His upside is great and JT is exactly the rigjt guy to help him adjust.

    Go Miami

  12. primenumber19 says: Jun 26, 2014 7:47 AM

    Waste of a 3-4 guy in a 4-3 scheme.

  13. ctiggs says: Jun 26, 2014 7:57 AM

    As a commentator ? I agree

  14. 69finfan says: Jun 26, 2014 8:00 AM

    Hopefully, he’s right.

  15. igotgamenj says: Jun 26, 2014 8:53 AM

    Dion Jordan is going to have a great year. Last season the Dolphins were close to putting him on IR before the season even started because of the shoulder injury he missed all of OTA’S and most of Camp. This year is a totally different story he is healthy added 20 pounds and ready to GO !

  16. bsizemore68 says: Jun 26, 2014 9:08 AM

    There will be some people who will keep saying he is a bust, for me I will take the opinion of Jason Taylor over anyone who comments on this blog. Bill

  17. greymares says: Jun 26, 2014 9:30 AM

    I would trade him to Philadelphia.

  18. evanscotthbc says: Jun 26, 2014 9:38 AM

    As a Ducks fan, I would love to see him break out this year

  19. coldwater32301 says: Jun 26, 2014 10:32 AM

    Meanwhile AFC East QB are having nightmares at what potentially could happen if he does take the next step… constant pressure…with Mr “Top 100″ Wake and O.Vernon always coming…sprinkle in some D. Jordan and Odrick up the middle the DLine is looking good man…But it means nothing if the rest of the Defense doesn’t tighten up… a wise man once said it is hard to knock someone out with a open hand…Indeed…

  20. somethinghappeninghere says: Jun 26, 2014 11:30 AM

    OMG! Did Florio actually call Olivier Vernon a “great” pass rusher? Wake yes, Taylor yes, but Vernon I think has to prove this by doing great year in and year out like Taylor and Wake have. It’ll be very interesting to see just what Philbin and Coyle can get out of Jordan what with two good-to-great pass rushers on the team already. My guess? They are grooming Jordan to replace Wake, who is 32 or so and is heading for a new contract in 2015 or so…

  21. ghjjf says: Jun 26, 2014 12:11 PM

    Yeah, great potential to be the biggest draft bust in Dolphins history!

  22. VenerableAxiom says: Jun 26, 2014 3:59 PM

    Calling Jordon a bust is a true indication of ignorance regarding last season. He was considered the top defensive player in the draft because of his size, speed, and versatility, which allows him to do some things most DE cannot. He was actually quite effect in the limited action he saw last year. This season will be better for him and it will make things better for Wake and the rest of the defense as well. Especially when they employ the “speed package” from last year, with all three, Wake, Vernon, and Jordon, in the game.

  23. footstepsfalco says: Jun 26, 2014 4:40 PM

    To the bills fan who said Miami drafted the wrong Oregon linebacker and have to live with the mistake. You realize Miami took Jordan to be a d lineman. To rush forward with his hand in the dirt. He’s 6’6″ going on 270lbs

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