Reshad Jones Returns to the Practice Field

Written by Finatic Dave

In light of the Tannehill situation, we thought we whod focus on something positive today.  Reshad Jones was activated on Wednesday and returned to the training camp practice field.  Here is what he had to say after his first training camp practice...

(How’d it feel just to be out there?) – “It felt good to put the pads on. I haven’t had the pads on in a while. It feels good to be out here and run around with my teammates and get my feet wet a little bit.”

(It didn’t seem like you were limited in anything.) – “No. It was straight go. Like I said, it felt good for me. It’s been seven or eight months since I’ve had pads on. It’s a fun experience. It feels good.”

(How did you tweak the calf?) – “Working out early on with my trainer. It was something minor.”

(They seemed like they wanted to error on the side of caution with you?) – “Yes. They just wanted to be careful. Calves are kind of tricky. When you’re coming back off of them, you can pull it and be out for a long time. They just want to be careful.”

(How did it respond today? Did you think about it at all?) – “No, not at all. It felt pretty good.”

(How do you like that group you are playing with back there with the DBs?) – “We’ve got some talent back there. We have some veteran guys in Nate Allen and T.J. (McDonald) that we brought in that have played a lot of football around this league. It feels good to be back there and kind of communicating and running around with those guys.”

(Did you feel like you were riding a bike leading the guys back there? How did it feel today?) – “It felt great. This is what I do. I’ve been playing in this league for a while. It just felt good to come back out and sweat a little bit, get my feet wet. I feel comfortable.”

(You busted up a running play in team drills. That had to feel pretty nice.) – “Yes, it felt good to get in that backfield for the first time. It felt good.”

(One of the issues last year was tackling. How do you, as a player, alone make that better? Obviously you weren’t there for the second half of the season.) – “You just have to work at it in practice. This is a great time at camp to work on your angles, communication, everybody running to the ball and different things like that. Tackling doesn’t just start on Sunday. It starts out here on the practice field. That’s where you get better at it.”

(How well did you understand the defense last year compared to this year?) – “We’re a lot more comfortable now. It’s the second year up under the belt (with the) same defense. We’ve got veteran guys in. We brought in a guy like ‘L.T.’ (Lawrence Timmons who is) a championship guy, or a champion that knows what it looks like and knows how to get it done. We just have to build off that energy.”

(How much are you itching to get this thing going?) – “I’m ready. I’m excited. I feel good. We did some great things last year but I think the ceiling is very high for this team. We just have to continue to put the work in out here. The sky is the limit for us.

PLAYOFF GAME DAY! Dolphins at Steelers

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AjayiPittThe Dolphins will return to the playoffs for the 23rd time in team history and play their first playoff game since 2008 when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. on CBS. Miami is looking for its first playoff win since Dec. 30, 2000, when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 23-17 in overtime.

Miami has played Pittsburgh three times in the postseason and won two of those matchups. The last playoff meeting was on Jan. 6, 1985, when the Dolphins defeated the Steelers, 45-28, at the Orange Bowl to win the AFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl XIX.

Miami has played four games against teams in this year's playoffs and have gone 1-3 in those four games. The Dolphins defeated Pittsburgh - their AFC Wild Card opponent - on Oct. 16 at Hard Rock Stadium. The 30-15 win over the Steelers propelled the Dolphins to nine wins in their final 11 games, their best 11-game stretch since 2008. Miami also fell to playoff teams in their first two games of the season - at Seattle (Sept. 11) and at New England (Sept. 18) - and in the season finale vs. New England (Jan. 1, 2017).

GAME DAY! Dolphins Host Patriots to End Regular Season

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BradyDownThe Dolphins will close out the regular season on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 when they host the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. Miami has defeated New England each of the last three meetings at home, but fell to the Patriots earlier this season in Foxborough, Mass. on Sept. 18, 2016.

The Dolphins are looking to win their fifth divisional game of the season. They have already clinched a winning record against the AFC East this season for the first time since 2009. A fifth win would be Miami's best divisional record in a single season since the NFL went to four-team divisions in
2002.

Miami has clinched a playoff spot and will be heading to the postseason for the 23rd time in the franchise's 51-year history. The Dolphins are fourth in NFL history in percentage of seasons they have gone to the playoffs in their franchise's history (45.1 percent). Adam Gase becomes the fourth Dolphins coach (Don Shula, 1970; Dave Wannstedt, 2000; Tony Sparano, 2008) to lead the team to the playoffs in his first season as head coach. He is just the second first-time head coach (Sparano, 2008) in team history to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs in his first season as an NFL head coach.

GAME DAY! Dolphins at Bills

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AjayiBufThe Dolphins will be looking for their fourth consecutive win against an AFC East opponent this week, when they travel to face the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. Miami previously posted wins vs. Buffalo (Oct. 23), vs. the N.Y. Jets (Nov. 6) and at the N.Y. Jets (Dec. 17).

Miami has an opportunity to sweep the season series with Buffalo for the first time since 2011. A win would give the Dolphins series sweeps against Buffalo and the N.Y. Jets in the same season for the first time since 2003.