Amid rumors (so far unfounded and as I previously reported untrue) that the Dolphins are either shopping or willing to trade Dion Jordan, the player who is the hope of the team's pass rush in the future is taking his current status seriously.
Jordan, according to Joe Philbin, showed up at the team's training facility "a couple of weeks ago," the Dolphins coach told the team's in-house website Tuesday, to begin training for the 2014 season. The majority of the rest of the team showed up Monday for offseason conditioning and strength training.
(By the way, the Dolphins are not making coaches and players available to legitimate media during this period).
And so why is Jordan's early attendance to the offseason program notable?
Because Jordan played fewer snaps than just about any first round pick selected last season despite being No. 3 overall.
Because he had only two sacks and five quarterback hits along with 24 total tackles -- which did not meet anyone's expectations.
And because, I'm told, Jordan wants to be much, much, much better than that in 2014.
So the fact we are three months from the start of training camp and slightly more than six months before the start of the season and Jordan is already pushing to get better is great news. It speaks to his work ethic and his realization that better things must come in 2014.
It should be pointed out that Jordan missed the entire offseason conditioning program last year because, well, he was a rookie and even after being drafted he was still nursing a surgically repaired shoulder injury.
That issue also kept Jordan sidelined much of the training camp and limited him during the season.
So what you saw last year was a diminished player not fully healthy, not fully integrated into the Miami system and not fully prepared to compete. With a full offseason (and then some) of work between now and July, the Dolphins hope to see a different player -- the guy they drafted No. 3 overall.
On another matter, the Dolphins added free agent punter and kicker Matt Szymanski on a one-year contract today. Hear that Caleb Sturgis?