Rookie first-round draft pick Dion Jordan played only seven of the Dolphins’ 73 snaps on defense against Indianapolis on Sunday but defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Monday he is “going to try to get Dion more involved.” Jordan who also played on special teams rushed the quarterback on five of those snaps and dropped into coverage on two. On a third-and-11 early in the fourth quarter Jordan squandered a chance for a sack when he tried to push Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to the ground instead of tackling him. Luck got a first down. “I thought Dion thought he threw it so he pulled up” Coyle said noting Luck faked a throw “as Dion was approaching him.” The lesson there? “Finish the play!” Coyle said. CLAY’S RISE Coaches are pleased with the progress of H-back/tight end Charles Clay whose 163 receiving yards through two weeks ranked 21st in the league — and fourth among players who don’t play wide receiver — entering Monday night’s Steelers-Bengals game. “He’s playing faster” coach Joe Philbin said. “His play speed is better. He’s a smart player. He obviously has things to work on.” The first carry of Clay’s career was a 1-yard touchdown Sunday and “hopefully we’ll employ him a little more” as a runner offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said. Clay averaged 5.1 yards on 179 carries at Tulsa. He said his one thought before the rushing attempt Sunday was simply: “Just hold onto the ball.” Besides being pleased with his work as a receiver Sherman said: “This last game we challenged him to be a better blocker. And he really contributed. On the first pass to Mike Wallace they blitzed us. He made a huge block.” Sherman praised Clay for that play during Monday’s film session.
Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle will try to get Dion Jordan more plays
Miami Herald | Sep 17