The Miami Dolphins will soon be getting defensive end Dion Jordan back into training camp following Friday’s decision by the NFL to conditionally reinstate the 2013 third-overall draft pick after 15 months suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The move means the Dolphins will be adding a player who could bolster depth along the defensive line or could be moved to linebacker, where he could work as an outside linebacker, tasked with using his unique athleticism to cover tight ends, running backs, and receivers. If Jordan is really getting his life straight and wants to be part of the team, he could be a great asset to welcome back to the club.
New head coach Adam Gase, hired this offseason, discussed Jordan’s return during his post-practice media availability Friday. “The good thing is, we’ll have a plan,” Gase explained when asked about Jordan’s return. He stressed that, at the media availability, the news was just breaking of Jordan’s reinstatement, and when it was first released, Gase and the rest of the team were on the practice field. “We’ll have an understanding of what we need to do and the steps we need to take moving forward.”
Gase then discussed how Jordan will be welcomed back to the team, even though Gase was not here when Jordan was last in the locker room. “I just know when he gets here, like I said, (it’s a) fresh start with me,” he said. “So I guess that’s really all that matters.”
Gase was asked about his reaction to the news of Jordan’s reinstatement, and he answered it fairly succinctly, “I’ve never met him so… I mean it’s hard for me to answer.”
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also weighed in on the return of Jordan after practice, “It’s great to have him back. I don’t know. It’s the first I’ve heard about it –just walking off the field – that he got reinstated; but past that, I don’t know much. We look forward to having him back.”
Jordan can return to the team as early as Saturday’s 8:35am ET practice.