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Dolphins remain alive thanks mostly to play of S Reshad Jones

Roy Cummings



Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Icon Sportswire

The Dolphins are only five games into their season. It’s way too early then to be talking about MVP candidates. Or is it?

It’s almost impossible after all to talk about safety Reshad Jones without using those three letters in a sentence somewhere along the line.

Think about it; has any one player on either side of the ball done more to help the Dolphins keep the Dolphins relevant than Jones?

Sure, you could argue that running back Jay Ajayi has. But Ajayi has yet to do something Jones has, which is score a touchdown.

You could also argue that linebacker Kiko Alonso has but not even Alonso has made as many impact game-changing plays as Jones has.

In the last two games alone Jones has recovered two fumbles, including one he returned for a touchdown, and made a game-saving pass interception.

He also leads the Dolphins in solo tackles with 28 and total tackles with 33, has broken up a pass and recorded half a sack.

And he’s done all that while the Dolphins corners have mostly failed to provide any help by playing the tighter coverage that’s desired of them.

“He’s been playing with everything he has,’’ Dolphins coach Adam Gase said of the eight-year veteran who goes by the nickname G5.

“He wants to be an impact player every week. He wants to be the guy that makes the play that wins the game.’’

 That’s exactly what Jones did last Sunday against the Falcons when he turned Cordrea Tankersley’s pass breakup into a fourth-quarter pick of Matt Ryan.

The pick came with the Dolphins leading 20-17 but with the Falcons already at the Miami 26 and driving with 47 seconds left on the clock.

That’s clutch and yes, Jones got some help on that one from Tankersley, but he had to be in the right place to make the play and he was.

No surprise there. Jones now has 17 career interceptions and he’s on the brink of passing Yeremiah Bell as the Dolphins all-time leader in sacks by a defensive back.

He only needs two more sacks to get there and from listening to Gase you get the feeling Jones is going to get the chance to set that mark.

“He’s a really good blitzer and when we pressure him, it’s something that he’s really made some money on,’’ Gase said.

 “I mean, just having him back there and with the intensity he brings and the way he goes about his business, he’s a true pro. Just having him on the field makes a big difference.’’

Sure does.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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