2016 Position Review: Safeties

Posted Feb 16, 2017 provides a breakdown of each position following the 2016 season. This edition looks back at the safeties.

With Reshad Jones coming off a Pro Bowl season and Isa Abdul-Quddus arriving as a free agent to join a group that already featured special teams standouts Michael Thomas and Walt Aikens, there was reason for optimism for the Dolphins safety group in 2016. While things didn’t necessarily go according to plan as Jones saw his season come to an end in October because of a shoulder injury, the safeties still had their moments. Abdul-Quddus continued the upward swing of his career by finishing second on the team with 77 tackles and also tying for second with two interceptions. Jones didn’t really get a chance to build on his tremendous 2015 season, although he did come up with a pick in his last game, the season-turning 30-15 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. Thomas started eight games while solidifying his reputation as one of the top special teams players in the game. Aikens also shined on special teams, particularly during a two-week stretch when he returned a blocked PAT attempt for two points against Arizona and then scored after blocking a Jets punt. Bacarri Rambo was signed in late October after Jones was placed on IR and ended up starting five games at safety.

Season-ending starters: Bacarri Rambo, Michael Thomas

Season-ending backups: Walt Aikens, A.J. Hendy

Ended season on injured reserve:  Reshad Jones, Isa Abdul-Quddus

2016 transactions (after final roster cuts):  Signed A.J. Hendy to the practice squad (Sept. 4) … Placed Reshad Jones on injured reserve (Oct. 19) … Signed Bacarri Rambo as a free agent (Oct. 25) … Placed Isa Abdul-Quddus on injured reserve (Dec. 28) … Signed A.J. Hendy to the active roster from the practice squad (Dec. 28) 

2017 free agents:  Rambo (UFA), Thomas (RFA) 

Stat that stands out:  Abdul-Quddus’ five quarterback hits represented the highest total for a Dolphins defensive back in 2016.
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