Dolphins Players Mid-Season Grades

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Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

S. College: Georgia. RESHAD JONES. A+. <p>He leads all defensive backs in the league in tackles with 83, he leads the Dolphins in interceptions with three – two of which he returned for touchdowns – and he is joint-second amongst NFL DBs in sacks with 2.0. Jones can do it all and is well on his way to a first Pro Bowl selection.</p> <p>It seems almost every week that the veteran safety is making a game-clinching interception or sacking the quarterback to stall a last-minute drive. It is no secret that Jones has stepped his game up when his defense has needed him to this season, just ask Mark Sanchez. Down by one point deep inside the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s game, Sanchez thought he had Miles Austin for a touchdown. His pass was instead picked by Jones who sealed the win for Miami.</p> <p>Jones has been the stand-out guy who has delivered week after week without fail and it will be a travesty if he is not invited to Hawaii come January. Miami’s rush defense, which is ranked third-worst in the league, would be rooted to the bottom of the table if not for Jones’ hard-hitting. Likewise, his contribution to the pass defense has gone a long way in pulling it up to 20th in the NFL. Jones is a utility man who is running the show in the Dolphins secondary and hopefully his efforts are rewarded with both a playoff run and a first Pro Bowl appearance in January; only time will tell. </p>