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The 6-foot-6, 260-pound rookie out of Oregon was taken third overall back in April precisely for what he can do on passing downs from the edge. So when Flacco lined up in the shotgun on 3rd-and-22 with the ball at his own 9 clinging to a 23-16 lead, Jordan knew this was his chance to make an impact play. He got off the ball quicker than Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie could react, came around the end and reached out to get a piece of the ball at the last second, popping it up high so Jones could field it like an outfielder.
“It was the same rush I was doing the whole game,” said Jordan, who nearly picked off a screen pass on the previous play. “I understood the situation. It was late in the game and I just had to be on my best pass rush and I got up under the guy and reached for the ball and fortunately I was long enough to get enough of a tip on the ball to where he just floated it. I saw the ball flying up in the air and Reshad was in the perfect place and he took it back. It was a big play for our team.”
With two-time Pro Bowl defensive end
McKinnie had to resort to tying him up around the neck and shoulders to slow him down and Jordan still managed to collapse the pocket a few times, allowing his teammates to sack Flacco twice. Outside linebacker
“Dion’s playing great,” Misi said. “He’s young and definitely stepping it up. He’s getting better every day and he’s been learning a lot so he’ll definitely be good for us this year. He’s a fast rusher off the edge with long length, he drops into coverage, watches the running back and he’s been good for our defense.”
Film study also paid off for the rookie on the play before the interception when he anticipated Ravens running back Ray Rice coming out of the backfield for a screen. Jordan dropped with him and was in better position to catch the pass for an interception but it bounced off of his hands and onto the ground.
As much as he relies on instinct, Jordan was happy to see that his homework paid off and he plans on doing a lot more studying during the time off on the bye while not getting complacent.
“I still have work to do and it’s early in the year,” Jordan said. “I still have to get after the quarterback and I still have to make plays in the run game and on special teams. I made one play today and I’ve got to just continue. I was real close (on the screen) but it came out so quick and I just wasn’t ready.”
Jordan plans to be ready the next time.
Jones’ interception return was the first interception returned for a score by Miami since Kevin Burnett did so on December 4th, 2011 against the Oakland Raiders. It was also the first interception returned for a touchdown by a safety since Brock Marion ran one back 100 yards against Buffalo on January 6th, 2002. … Dolphins wide receiver
Miami’s defense got beat up a little in this game as middle linebacker
Miami is on its bye week after this and returns to Sun Life Stadium on October 20th to host the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m., in the first divisional game of the season.