His progress has been limited by a surgically repaired shoulder that kept him at bay during training camp and raised questions about the rookie’s availability for the season opener. After Jordan returned to practice Tuesday, the Dolphins are hopeful he’ll be ready for the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 8.
Philbin went on to say Jordan is “really catching on quickly,” but he acknowledged the team’s first-rounder needs reps on defense to find his way in the Dolphins‘ scheme.
It’s a positive indication the Dolphins expect Jordan to be part of the plan in Week 1. With Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon penciled in at end, they don’t need the rookie to play every snap. The immediate design is to dip Dion into the scheme on third downs as a pass-rushing specialist. If he’s healthy enough to do that, the Dolphins‘ defensive front could cause plenty of problems for passers this season.