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Miami Dolphins can’t afford to waste the Reshad…

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Miami Dolphins can’t afford to waste the Reshad...

Dolphins safety Reshad Jones talks to the media after OTAs in May.

(Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn’t fit — into the team’s plans for 2018.)

S Reshad Jones

Height, weight: 6-1, 223

College: Georgia

Age: 30

Experience: Ninth season, all with Dolphins

Acquired: Fifth-round pick in 2010

Contract: Has five-year, $60 million contract that runs through 2022 season

Pro Football Focus rank: 29th out of 120

In 2017

Stats: Had 122 tackles to lead all NFL safeties, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries

Notable moments: Returned fumble recovery 38 yards for TD vs. Titans. … Intercepted pass by Falcons’ Matt Ryan with 47 seconds remaining to seal comeback win. … Returned fumble recovery 14 yards for TD vs. Patriots.

Straight talk: Jones turned 30 in the offseason, hitting a milestone that often gets people wondering how much more players have left to give to this game.

Reshad Jones (left) reacts after intercepting a pass by Matt Ryan to seal the win over the Falcons in 2017. Cordrea Tankersley (30) and Jay Ajayi also celebrate. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

To anyone who has watched Jones, it’s obvious he has been one of the Dolphins’ best draft picks in recent years, steadily improving his physical style until reaching Pro Bowl status.

So now, maybe the question shouldn’t be what more Reshad Jones can give the Dolphins, but what they can give him.

Believe it or not, after 110 games and 664 tackles, Jones has never appeared in a playoff game. The one season the Dolphins reached the playoffs since he arrived, 2016, was when he missed all but six games because of a rotator cuff injury.

Old-time fans can recall when the question was whether the Dolphins were wasting the Marino years. Current fans might ask the same questions about the Jones/Cameron Wake years.

For his part, Jones remains as loyal to the club as you could ask.

“I definitely would like to retire a Dolphin,” he said in May. “I’ve been here nine years. My family’s here. I don’t want to go anywhere at this point. Nine years in, with the same team, that’s kind of rare.”

He said he loves not only the Dolphins, but the fans and Miami itself. He’d be honored if someday he sees his name on the Dolphins Honor Roll at Hard Rock Stadium.

Just don’t get the idea he’s already eyeing a rocking chair. His 122 tackles last year ranked 12th among all NFL players. And if things go according to plan in 2018, he’ll be surrounded by more talent at safety than ever, with T.J. McDonald playing a full season and first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick adding versatility and youth, although Jones says he isn’t short of that, either.

“I still feel 18, man,” Jones said. “I still feel like I’ve got a lot of ball left ahead of me.”

The day after the 2017 season ended, Jones was understandably frustrated, saying, “Something needs to change” but not specifying what. By the spring, with free-agent signees and draft picks having arrived, he sounded more upbeat.

“There’s been a lot of change around here,” he said. “The culture feels a little bit different. It feels better. I just think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Prospects for 2018

This is as simple as it gets. In the most recent full seasons he played, Jones had 135 and 122 tackles, was chosen for the Pro Bowl both years and made about as many (maybe more) game-changing plays as anyone on defense.

So what does Jones need to do in 2018?

“Just be consistent and be the same guy I’ve been the past nine years,” he said.

The Dolphins would gladly take it.


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Author: Hal Habib

Hal Habib’s earliest memories of the Dolphins were as a kid, seeking autographs from Bob Griese and Dick Anderson, and a bit later in life, sitting in Section J of the Orange Bowl, wondering why he was sticking around when Dan Fouts and the Chargers were up 24-0 in the first quarter of a playoff game. A few electric hours later, he had his answer and fall Sundays were never the same. Odd fact: Hal, who spent 19 years as a sports writer and editor at The Miami Herald and 15 at The Post, attended the same school as Andrew Abramson — Cooper City High, a few minutes from Dolphins training camp.

Miami Dolphins can’t afford to waste the Reshad Jones years

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