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NOTEBOOK: Brown Hopes To Follow In Thomas' Shoes; Other Notes

Posted Dec 17, 2013

Newest defensive back noticed last week’s memorable debut.



Large gatherings of reporters and cameras usually don’t show up to the locker of a mid-week addition to the roster, but cornerback Jalil Brown had to expect that treatment today.

Brown comes to the Miami Dolphins in on the heels of Michael Thomas’ celebratory debut against the New England Patriots where he made two game-saving plays in the final minute. His interception of Tom Brady in the end zone with two seconds left sealed the 24-20 win and happened just five days after he was signed off of San Francisco’s practice squad, so Brown knows anything is possible.

“It shows that they use all the guys here so obviously you’ve got to be prepared because you never know when your number is going to be called,” said Brown, who has two starts to his credit in 34 career games with 37 tackles, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. “Mike came in towards the end of the game and he was able to make some plays to help the team win. So that kind of shows me that I’ve got to be on top of my game and be on top of the playbook because at any second the coach can call my number and I’ll be out there trying to make plays to help the team win.”

Brown was still in Indianapolis, where he appeared in five games for the Colts, when he got the call from the Dolphins letting him know they had claimed him off waivers. It had snowed a few days in a row and the roads weren’t very good and he had to catch a flight in a few hours to come down to the warmth and sun of South Florida.

When Brown arrived, the only player on the team he knew was rookie defensive end Dion Jordan from their younger days growing up together playing sports in Arizona. One week earlier, Thomas was talking about how wide receivers Marlon Moore and Nathan Palmer were the only players he knew in the only interview he gave while his neighbor Wallace was holding court. Today he stole the show from Wallace and Brown got to see how quickly one’s fortune could change.

THIS AND THAT

Running back Daniel Thomas appeared to be the only player not practicing today inside the bubble, as defensive tackle Paul Soliai and cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll got some work in. All three of those players left Sunday’s game against New England with injuries but Grimes said he feels confident he’ll be able to play at Buffalo on Sunday. … Quarterback Ryan Tanehill revealed that he might be a little ambidextrous when he threw every pass left-handed during a toss session with backups Matt Moore and Pat Devlin.

THE LAST WORD

“When you come up you try to give to the needy.” – wide receiver Mike Wallace after Thomas asked him how it felt to give him the gloves that he wore on the last series against the Patriots
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