Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Joining live drills 'the next step' for Dion Jordan


Dion Jordan took the practice field with his teammates Tuesday for the first time since being drafted by the Miami Dolphins at No. 3 overall in April.

Jordan, a defensive end out of Oregon who is poised for a pass-rushing specialist role, started training camp on the Non-Football Injury list but was cleared for individual drills by Day 4. He missed OTAs due to an NFL rule that prohibited him from participating while college was in session.

Jordan is coming off shoulder surgery but says he's put the injury behind him and is just glad to be back to a "normal football routine."

That routine isn't completely normal yet, however, as he's only working in individual drills. The 23-year-old is slated to join live drills by the end of the week.

"That is the next step for me,” he told reporters Tuesday.

The Dolphins don't plan on pushing Jordan into a starting role right off the bat, but he will be leaned on more and more to establish a presence opposite defensive end Cameron Wake to loosen up the opposition's blocking schemes and bolster the pass rush.

“It doesn’t matter what it is. If it’s a pass rusher, if coach put me out there to start, even if it’s special teams, I want to play football," Jordan said. "No matter where it is I will work. You have to earn everything. I have to earn whatever it is.”

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