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AFC East top 25, No. 9: Dolphins S Reshad Jones

Posted by Erik Frenz  May 24, 2013 08:00 AM

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Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.

Why Reshad Jones?

The Dolphins secondary has been through a lot of change in the past 10 months, losing both cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, but in 2012, safety Reshad Jones was the glue that kept it from falling apart.

Jones led the Dolphins with four interceptions last year, and also deflected nine passes, tied for second on the team. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed a passer rating of just 38 on throws into his coverage, which ranked fifth among all NFL safeties. He also gave up just one touchdown into his coverage, against Titans tight end Jared Cook.

Despite switching from free safety to strong safety, Jones improved in leaps and bounds this past season. If his career trajectory continues on this path, he'll remain one of the league's top safeties for years to come.

Did you know?

Jones was one of just three players drafted out of the SEC by general manager Jeff Ireland from 2009-2012, out of a possible 31 draft picks.

Bonus reading

I wrote on Bleacher Report about Jones' ascension to the ranks of the top safeties in the NFL.

Check back every morning as we reveal one player a day on our way to No. 1 in the top 25.

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