Dolphins Rookie Report Card: Week 10

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, we'll grade the performance of each 2013 Miami Dolphins draft pick and comment on their development. Here's the latest round of grades following Miami's 22-19 loss to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DE Dion Jordan (1st Round Pick, 3rd overall). Grade: B-

At one point the excuse was that he was a developing rookie. After a couple of solid outings in limited work, it became a bad joke. Now, Jordan's lack of snaps is is a full-blown controversy. The Dolphins coaches refusal to increase Jordan's workload is a mystery to almost all observers, and there isn't any indication that it'll change this season.

During Jordan's nine defensive snaps Monday night, the rookie collected two quarterback pressures and one assisted tackle. It was his pressure in the face of Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon that forced a hurried, inaccurate pass that was intercepted by Jimmy Wilson in the third quarter.

A nice impact, but he can only do so much from the sidelines.

Season GPA: 2.39 Team Rank: 2nd

CB Jamar Taylor (2nd Round Pick, 54th overall). Grade: C

Healthy, active, but still not on the field for the defense. Considering that Miami sees Jimmy Wilson as a better option as the third cornerback this late in the season, Taylor probably won't have a chance to show his skills in extended play until perhaps the final few games.

He did do some good things in special teams, if you're looking for a positive thing to report about the second-round defensive back.

Season GPA: 1.60 Team Rank: 6th

OL Dallas Thomas (3rd Round Pick, 77th overall). Grade: I (Incomplete)

Still inactive.

Season GPA: N/A Team Rank: N/A

CB Will Davis (3rd Round Pick, 93rd overall). Grade: I (Incomplete)

Active, but can't get on the field. Unlike Taylor, Davis hasn't even sniffed an opportunity to show his skills in real game action.

Season GPA: N/A Team Rank: N/A

LB Jelani Jenkins (4th Round Pick, 104th overall). Grade: C-

Jenkins played a small number of snaps against the Buccaneers, for which Pro Football Focus gave him a negative overall grade. The rookie hasn't been a viable option for the depth-needy Dolphins defense, which doesn't bode well for his prospects for the rest of this season.

Season GPA: 1.70 Team Rank: 5th

Dion Sims (4th Round Pick, 106th overall). Grade: C

Sims, primarily a running-down contributor, played just 14 snaps as his team failed to get anything out of its running game and needed to pass. He was not targeted at all in the game.

Season GPA: 1.97 Team Rank: T-3rd

RB Mike Gillislee (5th Round Pick, 164th overall). Grade: I (Incomplete)

Like so many Dolphins rookies so often this season, Gillislee was a healthy scratch.

Season GPA: N/A Team Rank: N/A

K Caleb Sturgis (5th Round Pick, 166th overall). Grade: A-

Sturgis made both of his field goal attempts, which is a good sign after a shaky October. What continues to be a concern however is his work on kickoffs. Be it because of the lingering groin injury or any other reason, he split the kicking duties with Brandon Fields on Monday nigh and his season touchback rate continued to drop. He's now seen 47.6 of his kickoffs returned, good for 24th among NFL kickers.

Season GPA: 3.27 Team Rank: 1st

DB Don Jones (7th Round Pick, 250th overall). Grade: C

As expected, Jones' role as gunner on the punt team ended once Marlon Moore was signed. He had no impact in kickoff coverage.

Season GPA: 3.27 Team Rank: T-3rd


All player data is courtesy of Pro Football Focus and all contract info is courtesy of OverTheCap.com.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join The Phinsider

You must be a member of The Phinsider to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Phinsider. You should read them.

Join The Phinsider

You must be a member of The Phinsider to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Phinsider. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker