Dec 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) intercepts a pass intended for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Since 2010 when he first arrived in Miami, Karlos Dansby was the Dolphins defensive leader. Now that he has been cut who will step in as the new vocal leader of this new, younger Miami dolphins defense? Will it be starting middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, or all pro defensive end Cameron Wake?
Both of these two players would make a lot of sense to lead the 2013 Miami Dolphins. But there is another player who should step into the roll. The 5th round pick back in 2010, Reshad Jones. Up until last year he was not a very well known player. But in 2012 he had a breakout year, becoming a play making machine that the Dolphins needed in the secondary. He finished with 73 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. By the end of the year he was ranked one of the best safeties throughout the NFL, being able to make a big play whenever possible.
This is a perfect opportunity for Jones to become an even better football player. He is still very young and is yet to reach his potential on the football field, and becoming the defense leader will help both him and his teammates get stronger.
If he can become one of the leaders of the Miami Dolphin defense and we can continue to see him making more plays this season, it would not be long before Jones is being compared to some of the top safeties in the AFC like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu.
To me, this is Reshad’s job to lose. With the defense getting younger Jones would be a perfect fit to lead this years defensive squad. I have added a poll in with the Article to see who you guys would like to see step in as Miami’s defensive leader in 2013. Thanks for reading!