Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins put their faith in the untapped ability of rookie defensive end Dion Jordan. The Fins traded up in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft to acquire Jordan and that means the expectations for are elevated as well.
“Honestly, my expectations are just come in and just do whatever they ask me to so I can help my team out. I feel like, as long as I work hard and, like I said, do what I’m supposed to, I’ll be successful,” Jordan said.
The biggest question surrounding Jordan is what position he will play for the Dolphins. He stands 6’6” and weighs around 246 pounds, which is almost too big for a traditional 4-3 linebacker, but too small for a traditional defensive end. Jordan said he’s not sure where he’ll end up.
“I don’t know yet. It still has time. You’ve probably got to ask Coach (Joe Philbin) to figure out what they have for me,” Jordan said.
The primary reason the Dolphins traded up in the draft to acquire Jordan was to help the team’s pass rush. The Dolphins have arguably the top defensive end in the AFC in Cameron Wake, but had no real pass rushing threat opposite him.
Adding Jordan and his 4.59 speed is expected to ease the double teams on Wake which could open up both defensive ends to wreak havoc on opponents like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. But before Jordan can contribute in a big way, he has to bounce back from shoulder surgery.
“For me, right now, the main thing is taking care of my body and doing what I can while I’m here as far as soaking everything up and just being around the guys,” Jordan said. “The main thing for me is taking care of my body and honestly just soaking up as much as I can as far as when it comes to the scheme and all of the little things.”
Jordan said he wasn’t sure if he’d be ready for the start of training camp later this summer, but said he will “be ready to go when it’s time to strap it up.”