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Dion Jordan's debut vs. Cleveland

The question about Dion Jordan much of this preseason was not how he'd be used against the Cleveland Browns in the rookie's NFL debut but, indeed, whether he'd be used at all based on his uncertain injury status.

That question has been answered. Jordan, nursing a tender shoulder much of the preseason, is playing in the Dolphins regular-season opener.

So now we want to know how much. And here are some answers based on interviews with players and coaches.

Expect Jordan on some special teams and on the field with the defense on some passing downs.

None of this is a surprise but what seems uncommon is the Dolphins may use Jordan in something similar to the New York Giants NASCAR pass-rush grouping of years past. Although Jordan is the backup to Olivier Vernon and plays the same position as both Vernon and Cameron Wake, it is possible the Dolphins want to use the pass-rush skills of all three players.

Together.

In the same pass-rush package.

So the Dolphins could include Jordan, Wake and Vernon -- three defensive ends considered Miami's best pass-rushers -- on the field and rushing the passer at the same time.

I'm told there might even be moments when the Dolphins have four defensive end types chasing Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden because linebacker and former defensive end Koa Misi might get in on the act as well.

How exactly the Dolphins would deploy this group of rushers has yet to be seen in 2013 -- not in practices open to the media or fans, not in training camp, not in preseason games -- so I cannot account for how much or little this might be used nor can I account for how the Dolphins would line up. (And even if I had seen it, I wouldn't report it anyway).

If the Dolphins go forward with this plan, it is good news at least on its face. There's been much speculation and hand wringing among fans whether the Miami coaching staff could find a way to maximize its talent at defensive end.

This is also good news because this grouping suggests a better pass rush.

But there are other ramifications because it likely means one of the down linemen will not be playing in a familiar four-point stance. It suggests someone will have to rush from a two-point stance (standing up).

The idea also may mean the Dolphins sacrifice pass rush up the middle for more pressure from the edge. 

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle hinted earlier in camp that if Jordan was physically ready to play, there would be a package to include him in the game plan. He doubled down on that this week.

"We haven’t made any final decisions yet," Coyle said on Monday. "Today he got a good number of reps in practice, so we are excited about that. At the end of the week, we’ll really feel better able to judge exactly where he’s at, but he’s going to have a significant role in the game plan this week, I can guarantee you that."

Jordan's role on defense is expected to be limited almost exclusively to passing situations while his gifts on special teams seem suited for kickoff coverage and perhaps punt return and field goal block situations.

Jordan is quick enough and fast enough to run down on kickoffs. He's long and athletic enough to possibly block a field goal. He's strong enough to block on punt returns. Just saying.

Jordan worked on the kickoffs team early in camp and coach Joe Philbin has defended the idea of having valuable players -- including the first-round draft pick -- on special teams.

"We'll have starters on special teams," Philbin said Wednesday.

"It’s a critical play in football, the coverage, we’re going to use whoever we feel is going to be the best to help us pin the opponent down," Philbin said Monday. "Whoever that may be."

When he was asked about Jordan specifically on special teams this week, Philbin was coy about it but couldn't bring himself to dismiss the idea because, well, the guy's on teams and this coach doesn't lie.

 “We think we have a chance to be a very, very good special teams unit," Philbin said. "We want to utilize our personnel in the best way possible. If he is on one of those teams, then we’ve come to the conclusion that is going to help that particular phase of special teams." 

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Oops. I forgot to throw out praise to Mr. Ross as well. Thanks for spending on the team and it was a travesty to not have a vote on the stadium upgrades. You a far better owner than Huizenga...who gave us all the past coaching debacles.

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YG has no life | September 07, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Common sense tells us anyone here entwined with a blog soap opera late on a Friday night has no life.

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Posted by: YG has no life | September 07, 2013 at 01:01 AM

Hey loser, if you are here at 1:01 on a Friday night, you got no life.

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Look in the mirror clown.

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to those who say our OL, TE are question marks and depth at CB is concern I say get over it. Every team in the league is faced with similar problems. Not sure when it became so vogue for reporters to dwell on the negative but it's really silly. This team will be good...it's really just a matter of how good.

daShe, like Kris Kry, is nothing without odinslime to cut and paste the blog away distracting everyone from the truth. They are inept and feeble and couldn't fool a tse tse fly.

Here's how we've been misled by the negative reporting. The left tackle position...while many claimed it was a huge problem and question mark all Martin did was end up being the second ranked Tackle in all of football this preseason by Pro Football Focus. Who really bought into that spew and don't you feel silly now?

Expand your accusations you old h(f)ag.

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Posted by: YG has no life | September 07, 2013 at 01:22 AM


So does someone with a life here spend his Friday nights moping about some anonymous blogger?

Jordan is not hurt as bad as everybody was led to believe, he will be a force on Sunday and I expect a couple of sacks from him against Cleveland.

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