Touted Miami Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan isn’t locked in as the starting right end for the Dolphins, because Olivier Vernon has been just that good thus far in training camp. Vernon looks poised for a breakout year, and he and Jordan have made Jonathan Martin and other tackles look like mincemeat in pass protection throughout camp and the preseason.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Dion Jordan is suffering from a shoulder injury and hasn’t practiced in two days. This means that Jordan may have suffered a setback on the shoulder he underwent offseason surgery on just two months before the draft, and it’s worth monitoring even if Jordan’s injury is only minor. It’s too early to start wondering if Jordan’s shoulder is going to be an issue going forward, but the Dolphins have to be at least a little bit concerned that Jordan is dealing with shoulder issues.
Jordan is one of the most talented rookies in this draft class without a doubt, and his raw level of agility, speed, and athleticism are off the charts. He can be a dynamic pass rusher in the NFL, especially once he refines his game and develops some more pass rushing moves. With Cameron Wake, Vernon, and Jordan, the Miami Dolphins have a ridiculously good group of defensive ends. The health of the Dolphins pass rush as a whole looks dandy, and the defensive line is an elite one with Paul Soliai and Randy Starks (also injured) anchoring the middle. Add that in with a top safety duo and good linebackers, and you have a defense that can more than overcome some question marks at corner. The Dolphins defense was good last year, and it looks elite heading into 2013.