Dec 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) leaps over New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) after Jones intercepts a pass during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Dolphins Reshad Jones Quietly Becoming Elite NFL Safety

Yesterday the Miami Dolphins played the New England Patriots in an extremely close 23-16 loss in Miami. The Dolphins looked good on the defensive side of the ball, and managed to sack Tom Brady 4 times and pick him off once. One of the highlights of the game for Miami was the outstanding play of safety Reshad Jones.

In the first two seasons of Jones’ career, he struggled to come into form and rarely played. This year under Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle, Jones has blossomed and steadily gotten better each week. I think he played his best game against the Pats yesterday.  Jones picked off Brady with an outstanding tip catch on a fly route, which was Brady’s first pick in 202 passing attempts. Jones managed to return the interception for a touchdown, which was called back due to two confusing offsetting penalties against both teams. Had the touchdown counted, the game would have been a completely different story and Jones could have been the Dolphins hero.

Along with his beautiful interception, Jones led the team with 10 total tackles, and sacked Brady once. What the stat sheet fails to show is that Jones looked like an elite ball-hawking safety, and you could spot #20 at the center of the action on every play. In a secondary with a lot of question marks, Jones has defined himself as one of the starting safeties for the Fins, and I hope he gets the contract he deserves in the off season. Hopefully Miami will draft a lock down corner in next year’s draft to compliment Jones and solidify Miami’s secondary. Fins Up!

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