#20 S – Reshad Jones 6’2” 215
Reshad Jones was drafted by the Dolphins in 2010 in the 5th RD, pick# 163 overall.
Jones came to Miami as raw talent, a safety that took bad angles to plays, didn’t have a good motor, and took some plays off. In Jones’ last 2 years at Georgia, he had 5 INT’s as a Junior, and 4 INT’s as a Senior.
Jones established himself as a starter in 2011, playing in 15 games, starting 12 of them. He had 63 tackles (45 solo) 1 INT in ’11, 4 passes defensed and 2 sacks.
In 2012, Jones was a full time starter starting all 16 games, totaling 4 INT’s, 95 tackles (74 solo), 2 FF’s, 2 FR’s, 9 passes defensed and 1 sack. Very impressive breakout season for Reshad Jones. Jones was a 2nd team All-Pro Safety.
In 2013 as a starting safety, Jones again started every game and finished with 107 tackles (84 solo), 1 INT, 4 passes defensed, and 1.5 sacks.
Last year, Jones missed 4 games, starting 12 games, and racked up 80 tackles (70 solo), 3 INT’s, 1 FF, 7 passes defensed and 1 sack.
Overall, Jones has proven to be a quality NFL safety, one of the better Jeff Ireland picks. Reshad Jones is currently under contract until 2017.
#25 S – Louis Delmas 5’11” 197
Louis Delmas was drafted in the 2nd RD, pick #33 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Delmas was an immediate starter in DET, starting and playing in 15 games in his rookie season. He mad a huge impact his rookie year, totaling 92 tackles (63 solo), 2 INT’s (1 for a TD) 1 FR (for a TD), and 8 passes defensed, along with a tackle for a Safety. Pretty impressive!
In 2014, the Dolphins picked up Delmas as an Unrestricted Free Agent. Delmas played in 13 games last season, starting 12. He finished the year with 60 tackles (49 solo), 1 INT (for a TD), 3 passes defensed, 2 FR’s, and 1 sack. Decent production, and if Delmas can stay healthy, he’ll likely be the starter at one of the safety spots. In the Coyle scheme of defense, we don’t really play with a strong and free safety, basically just different sides of the field.
The key with Delmas is his health. He’s missed games in Detroit, playing only 11 games in 2011, only 8 games in 2012. He missed 3 games last year. The Dolphins likely will have a contingency plan if Delmas is not healthy.
#35 S – Walt Aikens 6’1” 205
Walt Aikens was drafted in the 4th RD of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, pick #125 overall.
Aikens played both CB and S in College, playing ball at both Illinois and then transferring to Liberty College.
Aikens figures to be very much in the mix for the spot opposite Jones. My thought is that if Delmas is healthy, he’ll start, but if not, Aikens will be in the competition to grab that job.
Aikens played in 15 games last season, mostly on ST’s, but did get some action at CB and S. He had 16 tackles (14 solo), 1 INT, and 1 pass defensed.
#44 S Jordan Kovacs 5’10” 205
Jordan Kovacs was signed by the Dolphins as a Undrafted Free Agent in 2013. He was placed on the Dolphins practice squad in 2013. He was then released by the Dolphins at the end of training camp in 2014 and picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles, and placed on their practice squad. The Dolphins signed Kovacs off the Eagles practice squad and placed him on the 53 man Dolphins roster.
In 2014, Kovacs appeared in 8 games, making 7 tackles (6 solo).
Kovacs will be in the competition for a roster spot. Depending upon how many DB’s we carry, Kovacs could end up in a numbers crunch.
#31 S Michael Thomas 5’11” 201
Michael Thomas was signed as an Undrafted Free Agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Thomas was released by the 49ers in 2013, and then signed as an Unrestricted Free Agent by the Dolphins in 2013.
He’s best known for the final game of the 2013 season against the New England Patriots, where he first broke up a pass while defending Danny Amendola on a late 4th QTR drive, and then intercepted Tom Brady a play later in the endzone to seal the victory for the Dolphins. To this point, Thomas has been mostly a special teams player. He appeared in 8 games in 2014, starting 2, after Louis Delmas was hurt. Michael Thomas will definitely be in the competition for the starting job opposite Reshad Jones as well.
#31 S Cedric Thompson 6’0” 208
Cedric Thompson was drafted in the 5th RD of the 2015 NFL Draft, pick #150 overall.
Thomas played his college career at Minnesota under the scrutiny of our own blogger Randy. While Randy wasn’t particularly impressed with Cedric’s college career, this is what he accomplished. In 2014, Thompson totaled 83 tackles (51 solo), 2 INT’s, 2 FF’s, and 2 passes defensed.
Cedric Thompson did not participate at the NFL combine, but performed well at his pro day. Thompson ran a 4.48 40, a 6.96 cone drill, a very impressive 40.5 vertical and tremendous 10’2” broad jump, and put up 21 reps of 225lbs. This kid is definitely an athlete. He has the size and athleticism, and I was also touched by what he said in his interview on miamidolphins.com. Here is an excerpt from that interview.
To be honest, I don’t think the Dolphins would have drafted me if they hadn’t met me. My tape speaks for itself, but you have to really know me to understand what my mission is and what I want to accomplish in the NFL and in life. When they watched my film, they saw that I was a great tackler. But I put the cherry on top when they met me and found out how hard I will work to be a great player, on and off the field. And of course I know that there are a lot of things that I need to work on.
I’ve overcome a lot of challenges – from childhood to my teenage years to the man I’ve become now – by working with the cards that were dealt to me and by never looking back and regretting it. I always fought through it and knew that I had a purpose, a dream and a goal that I wanted to reach…and I was going to do whatever it took to get there. And that’s why I’m able to adapt to any environment or situation that I’m in because I’ll do whatever it takes to reach my goals.
I want the Dolphins organization, the fans and my teammates to know that I am going to do everything I can to help the team win games. And I will do everything I can for this team, for this family. I believe that relationships are something that will last a lifetime. I’ll always have the backs of those guys in the locker room, today and 20 years down the line. I’m a rookie, I’m observing and I have some great vets to learn from. And I’m going to work my butt off, on and off the field, no matter what. I’m going to give this team all that I have.
I have to admit that after reading those things, I’m pulling for the kid to make the roster and maybe get a shot at starting if he really shows something.
#37 S Sammy Seamster 6’0” 200
Sammy Seamster was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. The Dolphins signed Sammy Seamster off their practice squad and put him on the 53 man roster, as required by the NFL. Seamster appeared in 2 games for the Dolphins last season.
Seamster played his college ball at Middle Tennessee St.
He will be fighting for a roster spot to stay on the Dolphins.
#32 S Shamiel Gary 6’0″ 205
Shamiel Gary was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. He played his college career at Oklahoma St. Gary was released by the Bears, and the Dolphins signed him as an unrestricted free agent. Gary played his first 2 years of college at Wyoming. We’ll have ask Wyo if he’s seen this kid play. Right now, Gary is at the back end of the depth chart, which means he’s got some work to do to make the roster.
#38 S Don Jones 5’11” 195
Don Jones was drafted in the 7th RD by the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft, pick #250 overall, just a few picks away from being Mr. Irrelevant.
Jones was a good ST’s for the Dolphins in 2013, but was cut in 2014. He was infamous for his anti-Michael Sam quote after the draft regarding Michael Sam his boyfriend after being notified he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
Jones was picked up by the Patriots, and then released, and then picked up once again by the Dolphins.
Jones is speedy player, ran a 4.40 40 at his pro day, along with an outstanding 10’7” broad jump. Jones will need to pout that athleticism on the field in order to obtain a roster spot here in MIA. He’s been here before, but he’s also been cut before. He has his work cut out for him.
Overall, it comes down to the health and availability of veteran Louis Delmas. If he’s not healthy, I wouldn’t be shocked if Delmas ended up on the PUP or even IR if he’s not. If Delmas isn’t available, then it opens the door for not only another roster spot, but also gives the opportunity for someone to step up and take the starting position opposite Reshad Jones. I know Tim loves Walt Aikens, and also know that D-bolt and Son love Michael Thomas. Those 2 guys would likely have the inside track, but since this is like a horse race, I like Cedric Thompson to burst to the outside, and overtake those 2 guys, and end up in the starting spot. I know he’s a long shot, but long shots are more fun to root for!