The Miami Dolphins are getting a boost this offseason from a familiar face. Former longtime Dolphins defensive end and sure-fire Hall of Famer, Jason Taylor is offering his services to young Dolphins defensive lineman at OTA’s.
Taylor, who retired with the Dolphins in 2011, is spending practices with the Dolphins young lineman in order to offer his expertise of the position.
Dolphins head coach, Joe Philbin discussed Taylor’s volunteering with the team (Courtesy of Miami Dolphins.com):
I told him at our 7 o’clock staff meeting, I don’t think he really knew what he was signing up for,” Philbin said with a smile. “I think he’s going to be around a lot in the OTAs. He’s approached us about working with the defensive linemen. I don’t know that there could be a better mentor for our young players than Jason Taylor. He’s energetic and enthusiastic about helping out and contributing.
The Dolphins could certainly use Taylor’s expertise in order to boost production from the young up and coming lineman to take the heat off Pro Bowler Cameron Wake in the upcoming season.
Longtime Miami Dolphin defensive tackle and former Taylor teammate, Randy Starks posted a picture of Taylor at OTA’s yesterday:
— Randy Starks (@starks94) May 28, 2014
Dion Jordan, who was selected No. 3 overall by the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft, is excited to be working with Taylor:
It’s wonderful. Just his presence alone I feel like it’s a benefit to this team because not only was he a great player, he’s a great person. He’s dropping a lot of knowledge. He’s going to be in there watching film and working with us out here, so I’m going to pick his brain
The Dolphins also would not rule out the possibility of bringing in other former players to help the current squad during OTA’s as well. Could we possibly see a Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor reunion in the Miami Dolphins offseason? One can only hope.