Posted: 11:33 pm Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
By Andrew Abramson
Despite trading up to draft Dion Jordan with the No. 3 overall pick, Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said Tuesday that Jordan will continue to see limited action this season.
Jordan appeared in just nine snaps — or 14 percent of Miami’s defensive plays — in Monday’s 22-19 loss to Tampa Bay. Even with the limited snaps, Jordan produced two hurries on six quarterback dropbacks. He also played on 66 percent of Miami’s special team snaps.
Tampa Bay is a run-heavy team, and Coyle said Jordan will continue to see action in passing situations only.
“Dion is not going to be in there where teams are slugging it out running the football,” Coyle said. “This team threw the ball 21 times in the game, and he was in there for half of them in the rotation that he’s playing in right now. If teams are going to be featuring certain personnel and running the football on first and second down, that’s not Dion’s strength at this point in his time here with us. That’s not going to change this season.”
Here is a breakdown of the game courtesy of Pro Football Focus:
• Despite finding no room to run, running back Lamar Miller has taken full control of the backfield, out-snapping Daniel Thomas 43 to 13.
• Receiver Rishard Matthews played his highest snap percentage (73 percent) of the season.
• In his return from a toe injury, tight end Dion Sims logged 14 snaps behind both Charles Clay (43) and Michael Egnew (19).
• When quarterback Ryan Tannehill was blitzed, he went 3-for-9 with 28 yards and was sacked once.
• On throws of 10+ yards down the field, Tannehill was 8-for-19 with 92 yards.
• Matthews saw seven targets and caught five of them against Michael Adams for 55 yards. His touchdowns, however, came against Dashon Goldson and Leonard Johnson.
• Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis was targeted in coverage 6 times. All six targets were to Mike Wallace and he hauled in three of them.
• Matthews had more yards after the catch than all other Miami receivers, tight ends, and backs combined.
• Defensive tackle Randy Starks was dominant against the run. All five of his tackles were defensive stops, two of which went for a loss.
• Linebacker Philip Wheeler played 49 out of 67 snaps, with Jelani Jenkins (7) and Jonathan Freeny (9) picking up some snaps, possibly because of poor performance from Wheeler.
• Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson caught just 3 of his 8 targets, but two came with Dannell Ellerbe in coverage and the other came against linebacker Jason Trusnik.
• Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes was targeted four times by Mike Glennon, giving up just one catch to Tiquan Underwood.
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