Sep 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Field. The Dolphins won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Jordan part of resurgent Miami Dolphins d-line


The Miami dolphins had six sacks, made three interceptions and allowed Cleveland to convert only one of 14 third downs in Sunday’s season-opening win over he Browns, and the defensive line was story of the game. First-round draft pick Dion Jordan came off the bench to earn his first NFL sack, and combined with the presence of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, the Dolphins may have the most athletic defensive line in the NFL:

“We can do a lot of things with those guys on the field,” DBs coach Kevin Coyle said. “We had a lot of fast guys on the field with that particular group. We can cover with those guys because they are all athletic; you might have seen Dion dropping into coverage a few times. We just scratched the surface with that.”

Jordan played in the first two preseason game before the team sat him so he could continue to rehab the shoulder. Jordan had a torn labrum in his right shoulder that he suffered last year while playing college football at the University of Oregon. He didn’t have surgery on it until February.

If he can continue to make strides this year, this could become the best d-line in the entire league.

“We kept some cards in our back pocket throughout the preseason,”  Cameron Wake said. “But when we started this offseason, we looked at our room and we knew we had a lot of guys that can do a lot of things pretty well, not just always line up and do the same thing. We have guys who can stand up, drop, rush the middle, rush the outside.


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