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Day 12 Notebook: Jones Happy To Stay At Home With New Contract; Other Notes

Posted Aug 6, 2013

Safety looks to put his contract behind him and continue to play football with the Dolphins.



Reshad Jones doesn’t have any grand plans to celebrate his new four-year contract extension, but he made it a point to call his grandmother.

The Dolphins made official on Tuesday the extension, which will keep Jones in a Dolphins uniform through the 2017 season.

“I just called my grandma and told her everything’s good,” Jones said after practice Tuesday. “I just want to focus on football now and help this team win some championships.”

Jones said he and the Dolphins had been working on a new deal since the spring.

“They said they were going to get it done and they went out and got it done,” Jones said. “So that’s a thanks to Stephen Ross, Jeff Ireland, Coach (Joe) Philbin and this whole organization for making it happen.

“I can put this in the back of my mind and go out and just continue to play football, do what I do.”

Jones was asked whether the new contract would bring any more pressure. He said it was just the opposite.

“It takes the pressure off,” Jones said. “I know where my home is for the next couple of years. The sky’s the limit. I can put this behind me, this contract talk, and go out and play football.”

STAFFORD’S STRANGE JOURNEY

There may be a few players on the Dolphins roster with interesting back stories, but in terms of a strange journey to get here, it’s tough to beat Kenny Stafford.

The young wide receiver from the University of Toledo signed on July 18 is on his third team this year. But that’s not the crazy part. The Dolphins are Stafford’s third team in a third league with a third different set of rules.

Before joining the Dolphins, Stafford was playing for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, and that followed a stint with the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League.

“It’s been a great experience,” Stafford said. “I’ve played all kinds of football. Overall, it’s just a good experience, going from arena to the Canadian league to back to the NFL. It’s just a blessing that I’m still able to football, honestly.”

The 6-foot-2, 204-pound Stafford downplayed the difficulty of switching rules three times in less than a year.

“It’s football,” Stafford said. “You’ve got to strap it up, put your pads on, put you helmet on out there and go perform at the end of the day. I’m just blessed. I’m just blessed for the opportunities I’ve always had just playing football, because this is your dream. I’m living out my dream every day by playing football.”

CATCH THE DOLPHINS LIVE

Dolphins fans anywhere in the country will be able to watch live Friday night’s game at Jacksonville, as well as the other three preseason games, thanks to the NFL’s Preseason Live package.

For $19.99, fans can have access on their computer or tablet to out-of-market games not televised nationally. For details, go to dolphins.com/preseasonlive.

The game at Jacksonville will be broadcast live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area on WFOR-TV (CBS 4), in Fort Myers on WBBH-TV (Channel 2), in West Palm Beach on WTVX-TV (Channel 34) and WWHB (Channel 48-Spanish); and in Orlando on WRDQ (Channel 27) and WFTB MegaTV (9.2 as well as on digital cable via Comcast channel 209, CenturyLink Channel 10, Cox Cable 118 and Decca Cable channel 717).

Jesse Agler will provide the play-to-play call, with former Dolphins greats Bob Griese and Nat Moore providing analysis.

For fans who can’t watch the game live or simply want to see it again, the NFL Network will show replays of the Dolphins-Jacksonville broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 7 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

THIS AND THAT

Rookie free agent wide receiver Chad Bumphis had another strong day at practice and also was among the five players who fielded punts. The others were Marcus Thigpen, Brian Hartline, DeAndre Presley and rookie cornerback Will Davis. … Speaking of Davis, he continued his impressive run of interceptions at practice. He came up with two picks on Tuesday, giving him seven in the last five practices. … Brian Tyms and Jeff Fuller both caught long touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. … The songs played during the stretching portion of practice inside the bubble were “The Payback” by James Brown and “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys.

THE LAST WORD

“We have playmakers all across the board. It’s up to each individual man to make plays.”
— Quarterback Ryan Tannehill