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NOTEBOOK: Jordan Returns To Practice; Other Notes

Posted Aug 27, 2013

First round pick had not taken part in a full practice since appearing in the first two preseason games.



After the Dolphins wrapped up practice Tuesday afternoon, Dion Jordan ran some sprints and then walked off the field holding the shoulder pads of three veteran defensive linemen along with his own.

Overall, though, it was a good day for the Dolphins first-round pick, who returned to practice.

“Anytime I get a chance to go out there and just compete and mix it up, get a chance to make myself better, it’s a big day,” Jordan said. “I was out there and did a little bit more. That’s the plan is to continue to work.”

Jordan had not taken part in a full practice since appearing in the first two preseason games.

“Physically, I felt good,” Jordan said. “For me, it’s mainly just little things, continuing to brush up on my fundamentals and just to make sure whatever they ask me to do that I’m able to go ahead and do it at full speed so I can help this team.”

Head Coach Joe Philbin said Jordan “looked good” in his return to practice.

“I’ve got to watch the tape a little bit closer, but he moved well and worked on some of the basic fundamentals and techniques,” Philbin said. “We’ll see how it looks on tape.”

DRIVE FOR FIVE

Two days before they face the New Orleans Saints, Philbin said he didn’t have any second thoughts about agreeing to play an extra preseason game this summer.

“The thought process was we had nine draft picks, we had a quarterback situation back then (where) we weren’t sure who was going to be our backup quarterback was going to be at that point in time,” Philbin said Tuesday. “We knew we’d have some transition on the roster. So for all those reasons, a combination of all the above, we felt like this would be the appropriate time to play a fifth game. That’s really why we did it. Certainly at this point I have no regret about it.”

For the record, the Dolphins have gone on to finish the regular season with a winning record the last five times they’ve played five preseason games — in 2005, 2001, 1997, 1994 and 1992.

THIRD QB OR NO THIRD QB?

As teams get faced with roster decisions this week, there’s always different schools of thought when it comes to deciding whether to keep two or three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

From his perspective, Philbin said keeping a third quarterback comes down to whether you have confidence in a young player.

“Developmental is always the way to go there, if you can, for a third guy, somebody you see a light with,” Philbin said. “You think this guy can get better and improve and develop into more than that. I don’t know if you want to keep one just to have one. I think there’s got to be some compelling reason to keep one.”

NEW STADIUM ACCESS POLICY

The Dolphins overall were happy with the response they got from fans Saturday night in regards to the new NFL stadium bag policy in place this season, and are hoping for even more cooperation for the game against New Orleans Thursday night.

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums, NFL teams have implemented an NFL policy this year that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums.

The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but has outlined what is permissible. Fans are be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com/allclear), or one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

For more information, visit http://www.nfl.com/allclear.

THIS AND THAT

Philbin said Tuesday that no decision had been made in terms of who would play or how much in the preseason game against New Orleans Thursday. … The musical selections during the stretching period were “Be Bold Strong” by Beres Hammond featuring Assassin and “We Been On” by Rich Gang featuring R. Kelly & Birdman & Lil Wayne.

THE LAST WORD

Fullback/tight end Charles Clay on the differences in quarterback Ryan Tannehill from last summer to this one: “He’s always thrown a good ball, there’s no doubt about that, but he seems a lot more poised and a lot more comfortable in the pocket.”
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