Jones And Sturgis Make PFWA All-Rookie Team

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Dolphins special teamer and kicker stood out among the 2013 class.

More accolades keep pouring in for the 2013 Miami Dolphins with the postseason winding down, as two of the team’s rookies earned some recognition today from the Professional Football Writers of America. 

Kicker Caleb Sturgis and special teamer Don Jones were named to the 2013 PFWA All-Rookie Team one day after veteran punter Brandon Fields, veteran cornerback Brent Grimes and veteran defensive end Cameron Wake made it onto the All-AFC Team. Both players did enough in their first year in the NFL to catch the eye of not just the local writers but writers from around the country.

Sturgis, a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida, supplanted Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter on the 53-man roster and came out of the gate on fire. He was a perfect 10-of-10 on field goals to start the season, including a 54-yarder to close out the first half at the Indianapolis Colts in a Week 2 victory and was 3-for-3 in his NFL debut at the Cleveland Browns. Sturgis finished the season making 26-of-34 field goals and all 33 of his extra points, while also booming 38 kickoffs for touchbacks.

The Dolphins picked up Jones in the seventh round of Arkansas State as a backup cornerback and safety, but he quickly emerged as a force on kickoff and punt coverage. His biggest impact play happened late in the third quarter of Miami’s home opener against the Atlanta Falcons after Atlanta’s Harry Douglas picked up the punt on a bounce and tried to return it. Jones hit him hard enough to jar the ball loose and long snapper John Denney recovered the fumble at Atlanta’s 19. That led to an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline in a game eventually won by the Dolphins, 27-23.

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