On Saturday, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin told his players that some of them might have to play more than they expected against the Falcons and so they should be ready.
And sure enough, when Cameron Wake went down with a knee injury, the Dolphins turned to players who previously hadn't really played a whole lot for the Dolphins. Wake has a mild knee sprain, according to CBS.com, and while he may miss some practice time and possibly Monday's game, it is not overly serious.
Wake took 19 snaps on Sunday. Derrick Shelby played 46 snaps, Vaughn Martin played 26 snaps and rookie Dion Jordan played 31 snaps.
And the result?
Jordan played quite well.
As I tweeted during the game, Jordan did a great job in turning a potential first-and-goal situation into a fourth down situation in which Atlanta settled for a field goal.
Dion Jordan made the key stop on third down on run play that keeps the Falcons out of the end zone.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) September 22, 2013
But in looking at Jordan's complete game byline, you have to appreciate that he played perhaps his most complete game to date.
He did not collect a sack, but according to ProFootballFocus.com, he collected four quarterback hurries, a quarterback hit and got a plus grade for his run defense.
Overall, Jordan was the highest rated Dolphins defender on Sunday and one of only five who had plus grades for the game.