Dion Jordan: I’m Healthy this Year

Miami Dolphins’ defensive end Dion Jordan spoke to the media following Monday’s OTAs.

(On the difference in him now compared to last year) – “I’m healthy, man. I’m healthy and I’m coming into an organization and a system that I’m familiar with now. I’m just more comfortable. I’m out there and it’s less thinking. As a rookie, most of the time, you’re so worried about not messing up that you don’t make a lot of plays. But now, I’m just playing.”

 

(On him moving around a lot today in practice and if it’s something he did in college or if it’s new) – “I’ve been doing this since high school, same thing. I’ve started on every special team or on the defense, too. It’s nothing new, but, like I said, if you’re able to come out here in this heat and practice that way, then game time is cake.”

 

(On if he never was really healthy last season) – “No, not coming into the season, I wasn’t.”

 

(On if he was healthy by the end of last season) – “I was much better, but it was still something that I had to deal with. It’s hard to get better health-wise when there are live bullets every Sunday.”

 

(On if he felt like he was behind all last season) – “A little bit. It was more of a mental thing for myself because I was hurt and I kind of was thinking about it a lot, but, as the season progressed, I started to get more comfortable. I had a full offseason actually to better myself. So when I got in here for OTAs and for minicamp and training camp, I was able to actually help my team out.”

 

(On how exciting it is to be healthy in June) – “It’s real exciting. Like I said, the best part about is I’ve been around these guys and these coaches for a good amount of time. I know what they expect from me. Every time I sit in my defensive line room, I get to see these guys, these Pro Bowlers, like (Randy) Starks and (Cameron) Wake. Guys that have put up big numbers like OV (Olivier Vernon), I get to see what they did. It just makes me even more hungry.”

 

(On his expectations for himself this season) “My expectations for myself are to go out there and just do my best. I understand that I can help this team in a lot of ways like we just talked about, as far as special teams and as far as defense. So that’s my thing, to go out there and try and get wins.”

 

(On if he feels like he can be the playmaker that the team drafted) “Yeah, definitely.”

SOURCE: Miami Dolphins Media

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