The Straight Skinny on Reshad Jones

30 Apr

Chris Brame has covered University of Georgia football for years as an on-air fixture at AM 960 The Ref in Athens. However, Brame also grew up in Miami, and is a lifelong Dolphins fan. I was able to get his take on our rookie safety Reshad Jones.
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ON RESHAD’S CAREER AT GEORGIA
“Expectations were through the roof. Reshad Jones was the number one rated recruit in the state of Georgia, with scholarship offers from Auburn, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami, and Michigan. His biggest crime was not becoming the player that the two other blue chip safeties from the state turned out to be (Eric Berry and Morgan Burnett). Not that he was a bust, but his career in Athens wasn’t spectacular.”

ON RESHAD AS A HEADHUNTER
“He is big and physical and has the build of an NFL safety. He is a hard hitter. He can alter the shape of a ball carrier’s spine or decapitate them as he nearly did Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon in last year’s season opener.”

ON WHETHER RESHAD GETS INTO TROUBLE SOMETIMES, LOOKING FOR THE BIG HIT
“Well, in the 2008 loss to Georgia Tech Reshad tried to get Jonathan Dwyer on the ground by bumping him with his shoulder instead of wrapping him up with his arms. He lost that bet and Dwyer ran 60 yards for a touchdown. To be fair, Reshad wasn’t the only Georgia defender with poor fundamental tackling skills. Our new linebackers coach Warren Belin had the quote of the spring here in Athens, when he shouted one day at practice, “Where did you guys learn to tackle the last five years?”

ON WHY RESHAD WAS STILL THERE IN THE FIFTH ROUND
“Perhaps there was a lack of real highlight moments. But Reshad was decent, steady, just not overwhelming. And the market was saturated with really good safeties. Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Taylor Mays, Morgan Burnett, Chad Jones, Major Wright…”

ON RESHAD’S FUTURE WITH THE DOLPHINS
“Reshad is a steal in the fifth round. He did everything he was asked to do at Georgia, and picked off nine passes in the last two years. Now that he won’t be getting coached by six-figure-salary gym teachers, perhaps his real value will be extracted. He has the potential to be a starter, and it’s rare to find players like that sitting there that late.”
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Like most late picks, Reshad Jones has his shortcomings. But the physical tools are there, as well as a knack for the big hit. Starting at rookie camp, it will be up to the Dolphins to hammer home the fundamentals, and also figure out if Reshad’s got the the skill set to play free safety. Last time I checked we still needed one of those.

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