Clemons Part Of A Talented Safety Tandem

Posted Jul 5, 2013

Return of veteran gives the Dolphins a pair of talented safeties in the defensive backfield.

After Reshad Jones stepped his game up last year at the safety position and garnered Pro Bowl consideration, the Dolphins knew how important chemistry in the secondary was going to be in 2013.

As soon as the 2012 season ended, Clemons knew he could become an unrestricted free agent, he let it be known that he wanted to return to the Dolphins. His wish was granted. So by re-signing Chris Clemons earlier this offseason, they ensured that tandem will stay intact.

“It was great news for me because I didn’t want to be out there waiting around,” said Clemons. “It was kind of nerve-racking not knowing where you’re going to be at and that’s why I’m glad to be here because it’s home.”

The chemistry that Clemons has built with Jones also encouraged him to do whatever it took to re-sign and he said they’re getting better and better as a tandem in the secondary.

“I know whatever the coaching staff is doing right now I know it’s going to be great for the team and the future,” Clemons said. “Last year I thought we were a playoff team, too, and we’ve definitely made some changes so I definitely believe we’re a playoff team.

A fifth-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2009, Clemons started all 16 games last year and had 96 tackles (69 solo), two interceptions and one forced and fumble recovery. During his four-year career he has racked up 186 tackles (144 solo), three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks.

During his rookie season, Clemons was a force on special teams and gradually worked his way into the secondary rotation. Then in 2010 he teamed up with Pro Bowl veteran strong safety Yeremiah Bell and showed signs of promise, racking up 61 tackles (51 solo), 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception to go long with five passes defensed.

But injuries plagued Clemons’ third season in 2011 and he managed just 13 tackles (11 solo) in limited action. He already was developing a rapport with Jones by then and when Bell left via free agency and signed with the New York Jets last season, Clemons took his place. The two combined for 194 tackles (146 solo), with Jones racking up 95 tackles (74 solo), four interceptions and a sack.
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