June 16, 2016| Michael Hernandez
After not attending the team’s spring Voluntary Workouts over a contract dispute, Dolphins’ Safety Reshad Jones reported to practice yesterday. He skipped the 1st day of Mandatory Minicamp on Tuesday and was fined $25,000.
“I feel confident that the organization and my agent will work something out. I’m here to play football,” said Jones after practice. “I miss the game. I don’t want to bring a distraction to the team.”
The pro-bowl safety does not seem to be phased about his missed time in new Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph’s new system.
“It’s pretty much the same stuff we was doing, you know. Different terminology. I feel good about plugging in on the spot on this defense and helping this team… I’m a seasoned vet now. Its pretty much the same defense.”
This sentiment was echoed the day before when Head Coach Adam Gase said he had “zero concern” about the pro-bowl safety learning the playbook, and it comes as no surprise. Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph comes from the same team as previous Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle. Coyle was the defensive backs coach before he came to Miami and so was Joseph. This should make for a smooth transition for all the defensive players remaining from the Philbin Regime.
Although Jones missed previous team workouts, his conditioning did not appear to be an issue in Wednesday’s practice as he had been staying in shape with his own personal trainer.
“I got one of the best trainers in the world… I work out with him everyday, and I feel good.”
Although Jones still does not have a full guarantee that his contract situation will be resolved, he said all the right things yesterday and does not appear to have a grievance with the team. It is curious as to why he only decided to holdout 1 day of camp. It seemed more like a mini-vacation than a holdout- a $25,000 vacation.