DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have high expectations for top draft pick Dion Jordan, but the former Oregon star has to stay on the field to live up to those expectations.
Jordan missed practice on Sunday and was again not on the field for practice Monday. The rookie defensive end also played only a handful of snaps in the Fins’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Friday.
Jordan spent most of the year recovering from shoulder surgery and started off training camp healthy. But, according to Armando Salguero of CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, a “league source says Dion Jordan is nursing shoulder injury….injury not considered overly serious.”
The Dolphins selected Jordan with the hopes of him teaming with All-Pro Cameron Wake to bring constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Jordan has all of the physical measurable, 6’6”, 250 pounds, and a 4.6 40-yard dash, but isn’t the starter just yet.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle told the Herald that Jordan still had not taken enough snaps to challenge for the starting job.
Barring an injury, that will likely keep former University of Miami Hurricanes defensive end Olivier Vernon, along with Wake, as the starters at defensive end. Jordan will likely be brought in obvious passing downs as a pass rusher.
But, once Jordan is fully healed, his athleticism should give the Dolphins plenty of places to line him up as he gets more familiar with the defensive scheme.