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Five takeaways from Dolphins availability

Dolphins organized team activities continued this week. Practice was closed to the media, but the team made four players available to reporters.

The biggest news:

1. Dion Jordan, who will reportedly apply for reinstatement Wednesday after serving a year-plus suspension, would "definitely" be welcomed back to the locker room, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell said. How the Dolphins, with their four top defensive ends locked in, would use him remains to be seen. Perhaps a move to linebacker?

2. Adam Gase is a trash talker. And, as Mitchell and Byron Maxwell acknowledged, he "picks sides." Spoiler alert: It's not in favor of the defense. Even wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson gets into the act.

3. Maxwell -- like the Dolphins -- is hoping that he regains his 2014 form, and proves that his disappointing 2015 was an anomaly. Maxwell was part of Seattle's famed Legion of Boom secondary, and hopes that the Dolphins' young group of corners -- including Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett -- can replicate that magic.

4. Branden Albert is in great shape -- the best since his time in Kansas City. Albert said he's down to 313 pounds, and finally feels 100 percent after his major 2014 knee injury.

5. Jay Ajayi doesn't just want to be a starting running back. He wants to be a great. 'For me, I know that I want to be up there, when it gets down to it at the end of the season."

Much more to come from today, over on the Miami Herald's Dolphins page and on Barry Jackson's excellent blog.

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