Dolphins' Jones Most Underrated Defender?

Scout Fantasy expert Mark Morales-Smith evaluates Reshad Jones, who he thinks may be one of the league's most underrated defenders.

Let’s jump right in to this one. Anyone who watched the Miami Dolphins this season had to be blown away by Reshad Jones. He popped off the screen and you were almost always waiting for him to make a big play. His numbers were unbelievable and his film was every bit as impressive. So why does he not get his well-deserved recognition. Not being named to the All-Pro team was bad enough, first or second team, but he wasn’t even a Pro Bowler until final alternates. Not only should he have been first-team All Pro, Jones should have been in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. I’m not saying he should have won, nonetheless, you can make a strong case he is in the top five or six. Eric Berry and Charles Woodson were both named to the All Pro team (Berry first team, Woodson second team). Now I get it, Berry coming back from cancer is a feel good story and Woodson is ending an illustrious career, cut stories. However, that’s what the Comeback Player of the Year award and the Hall of Fame are for. Jones blew them both out of the water this season. Earl Thomas was first team All Pro as well. What!? Over Jones? It should have been Jones, Malcolm Jenkins and the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu on the first team. I’m not going to get into the Pro Bowl roster because the Pro Bowl is a joke and lacks any credibility. When Teddy Bridgewater is in the game after throwing 14 touchdowns, it’s time to just cancel that joke of an exhibition. The NHL All Star game blew the Pro Bowl out of the water on the same day.

Reshad Jones 2015 Statistics Along With All First and Second Team All Pro Safeties

Player

Solo Tackles

Assisted Tackles

Total Tackles

Sacks

Interceptions

Forced Fumbles

Fumble Recoveries

Passes Defended

Touchdowns

Reshad Jones

106

29

135

2

5

0

1

10

2

Eric Berry

55

6

61

0

2

0

0

10

0

Earl Thomas

45

19

64

0

5

1

0

9

0

Tyrann Mathieu

80

9

    89

1

5

1

0

17

1

Charles Woodson

59

15

74

0

5

1

1

9

0

Reggie Nelson

52

25

77

0

8

0

2

14

0

 

 

The numbers are not even close. Granted, I am well aware it’s not all about numbers, especially with defensive backs. I personally am not a numbers guy. With that said, he’s just as good on film. He played like an elite strong safety and whenever there was a big play to be made by the Dolphins defense, Jones was the man to make it. At times it looked like he was the only guy on the team that could tackle and always seems to be around the ball when in coverage. He was the best safety in the league last season and is never even mentioned in the conversation. This is a gross injustice. Only Jarvis Landry can even be compared to Jones as the team’s top player in 2015.

Reshad Jones League and Team Ranks

 

Tackles

Interceptions

Sacks

Defensive TDs

Stats

106

5

2

2

League Rank (DBs)

1st

(tied) sixth

(tied) 9th

(tied) 1st

League Rank (All)

3rd

(tied) sixth

(tied) 34th

(tied) 1st

Miami Dolphins

1st

1st

5th

1st

 

 

Jones is perhaps not only the most underrated safety or defender in the NFL, but he may even be the most underrated player. Next time there is a conversation about the best defenders and best safeties in the league, be sure to throw Jones’ name out there. He more than deserves the recognition. The 27-year-old star safety is a guy the Dolphins would be idiotic not to build around over the next half decade or so. While this was his best NFL season, it was far from a fluke. He’s been a major contributor throughout his entire career and has the stats and film to prove it. Over the past four seasons he’s developed into an elite talent and all things considered should be considered the No. 1 safety in the league heading into 2016 or at the very least very close to it. 

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