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Why the Miami Dolphins Need Dion Jordan

Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement to the NFL on Wednesday. Eric Roddy reveals why the Miami Dolphins need Jordan now more than ever.

I completely understand if Miami Dolphins do not want former 3rd overall pick Dion Jordan back on the team.

So far, he's been nothing but the biggest draft bust since Jamarcus Russell went to the Oakland Raiders 1st overall. Jordan hasn't even played a down since 2014 after violating the league's substance abuse policy (again) last season, missing the entire year. 

On Wednesday of this week, Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement to the league, a process that will take 60 days to go through if accepted by Roger Goodell and the league, putting Jordan back with the team around August 1st. 

And yet still, the Miami Dolphins need Dion Jordan now more than ever, especially with the current state of their LB corps up in the air.

Koa Misi's altercation at a Miami nightclub as still gone unpunished, and he could be facing penalty for his actions. That leaves an already thin unit even thinner, with question marks surrounding recent addition Kiko Alonso and sophomore Neville Hewitt.

With Jordan's athleticism (he stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 248 pounds), he has the rare ability of covering tight ends mixed with the speed to tackle running backs on the edge. He can also rush the quarterback and make a name on special teams. 

Check out this unbelievable blocked punt here.

Jordan would instantly boost a weak Miami Dolphins LB corps, but would definitely have to overcome the growing pains of not playing in a year coupled with moving from DE to LB permanently. 

That is where new HC Adam Gase comes in. Gase is known for getting the most out of his players, as he did with TE Julius Thomas with the Denver Broncos, another guy who had little experience with the game after playing mostly basketball in college. Gase would certainly keep Jordan out of trouble, while also getting the most out of him. I would be eager to see the transformation in Jordan's game under DC Vance Joseph, who is known for his attacking style. 

Coupling Jordan with Adam Gase and his "no B.S." philosophy would give Jordan the best chance to succeed in what is surely his final chance in the league. Jordan is not returning to a team run by Joe Philbin, who saw him fail twice to comply to the league's rules, while never truly putting Jordan on the field in the right position to succeed. 

Jordan's final chance relies more on Miami's current shift in culture and mental mindset. His success, while ultimately rests on his own shoulders, is also greatly influenced by how Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins provide Jordan with the right atmosphere and the right tools to succeed. 



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