After a rowdy start to NFL Free Agency, questions remain surrounding the Miami Dolphins after their splashy set of moves at the onset of the offseason.
Sun Sentinel Dolphins columnist Omar Kelly checked in with the Joe Rose Show from the NFL Owners Meetings in Arizona to discuss the team’s next set of moves. Among the more interesting topics that arose was how Mike Wallace will fare in Minnesota after Miami traded him in a salary dump a couple weeks ago.
“I think he’s gonna have a great season ’cause I think Teddy Bridgewater can throw the deep ball, throws what he likes,” Kelly said. “I think with Adrian Peterson on that team, if he’s on that team, I think they’re gonna have an opportunity to space the field with Mike Wallace. I really think he’s gonna have a good season but the Dolphins like what they’re doing in terms of the youth movement at receiver.”
While Tannehill ranked 22nd in deep-ball accuracy percentage last season, according to Pro Football Focus, Bridgewater finished a healthy 10th despite being a rookie. With Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson gone, talented youngsters Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills (acquired from New Orleans) appear to be atop the depth chart at receiver despite a combined three years of pro experience.
Also young and talented but nowhere near as established is third-year defensive end Dion Jordan. With Miami electing not to bring back linebackers Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe, Kelly could see Jordan, the third overall selection from the 2013 draft, undergo a position change to outside linebacker.
“According to Mike Tannenbaum, and I’m going to quote him here, ‘that’s one decision we’re gonna keep talking through,'” Kelly said on WQAM. “And they have not decided it yet. They like what he does in terms of his ability, and Tannenbaum talked about it. He said ‘how many guys in the NFL can be running 60 yards downfield with Calvin Johnson and keep with him stride for stride?’ And that truly is the best thing Dion Jordan does — coverage ability.
“To me it sounds like there’s going to be a Dion Jordan-Chris McCain competition. One of them’s gonna be the Sam linebacker and one of them’s gonna be the speed package guy.”
Jordan missed six games in 2014 due to violating the league’s drug policy two separate times and registered just 223 snaps on the year, according to PFF. His two-year career in Miami has been one of disappointment after tallying just 39 total tackles, three sacks, and one start.
Would a position change reinvigorate the physical specimen’s career?
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