Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan (95) reacts after defeating the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Jordan Earning EARLY Praise

It may only be two days into VOLUNTARY team workouts, but news from head coach Joe Philbin is already praising Dion Jordan.

The second year player had a less than enthralling rookie season for the third over all pick, or even the 150th overall pick for that matter. The Miami Dolphins’ pass rush would greatly benefit from Jordan playing up to the caliber he did at the University of Oregon. With Cameron Wake at age 32, Miami needs to develop Jordan along with Olivier Vernon.

And, yes, it’s only two days into voluntary workouts, but Philbin said on The Finsiders today, “(Jordan’s) getting himself ready to go…he’s off to a very, very good start.”

He also said, “Two words: growth and development are what I think of when I think of this particular player.”

Sure we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, but no one was raving about Jordan last offseason as he recovered from shoulder issues. If the defensive end can stay healthy this season I think he’ll finally begin to play up to his third-overall-pick potential.

Note: The NFL schedule is being released tomorrow at 8 pm. While the opponents are no surprise (Miami plays the AFC East, Chiefs, Chargers, Packers, Vikings, and Ravens at home and the AFC East, Raiders (London), Lions, Bears, Jaguars, and Broncos on the road) the number of primetime games and order of opponents will be new.

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