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Jordan Comments On Jason Taylor Comparisons
By on May 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

2013 Rookie CampIt’s an overly obvious one to make now that he’s a Dolphin, but the Dion Jordan-Jason Taylor comparison likely would have happened anyway. After all, Jordan has a similar tall, wiry frame and is incredibly athletic.

Jordan has heard the comparisons, telling NFL Network’s Michelle Beisner this week in Los Angeles that he’s focused on himself at this stage.

“After watching JT play for a while, I can see why they try to (compare) us, maybe because of our body size, the way we’re built.” Jordan said.  “For me, I just want to build my own name. It’s good to be compared to somebody of his caliber, who has done a lot for that organization. But I’m Dion, and I’m looking forward to carving out my own path.”

How Jordan will initially be used remains a bit of mystery. At first, he could be a situational pass rusher, used on the line on passing downs and dropped back in coverage at other times — something of a defensive wild card. Jordan said that, while he see’s a primary role as a bookend rusher opposite Cameron Wake, that he’ll also be able to operate in space, if asked.

Time will tell if he can be a disruptive force like Taylor, able to consistently force quarterbacks into errors. The most prescient question now: When will Jordan be able to give it a full go on the practice field? Because of Oregon’s academic calendar, the third overall pick will have to a miss a portion of the offseason schedule, including next week’s OTA — Josh Kaddu and Jonathan Martin were put in the same spot last summer. The hope is that Jordan, who is recovering from February surgery, will be back at full strength by the start of training camp.

“My shoulder, and the injury that I had, is something that I’m really paying attention to,” Jordan said, “something I’m taking very seriously.”

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Oavery says:

Young player. Obvious talent. But it is a big transition from college to pros and a bigger transition when you are coming off an injury. Much smarter to make certain he is completely healed up then bring him along slowly until he is up to speed. Miami made a mistake getting Jake Long injured in a meaningless playoff game and having him play when seriously injured and likely permanently impairing him. Dion Jordan is at the beginning of his career. I am unconcerned with him doing anything in preseason and am fine with taking some games before he sees serious or any play. What I am concerned with is that IF he can develop into a Jason Taylor, we manage him in such a way as to help make that happen and do not damage him by pushing him faster than his body can handle.