Reshad Jones desperately wants to make the Pro Bowl.
Perhaps he wants it a little too much.
On Sunday, his eagerness to make a play hurt his team.
In the first half Sunday, Jones picked off a pass by Philip Rivers only to lose it right back during his return.
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Jones had a careless grip on the football, making it easy for Orlando Franklin to knock it loose. Rivers fell on the fumble three yards behind the original line of scrimmage.
The Chargers converted the second chance into three points, and were never really threatened again.
Jones also got work as a kick returner for the first time this season, returning two for an average of 22 yards.
Going out in style
If this was the Chargers’ final game in San Diego, they went out in style.
Not only did they hammer the Dolphins in their home finale, but there was an emotional buzz all day, beginning with player introductions.
Rivers and Antonio Gates received the loudest cheers from the 66,676 in attendance.
The C-17 flyover during the national anthem was also special, with the massive Air Force transfer plane nearly scraping the top of Qualcomm Stadium.
The Chargers are one of three teams considering relocation to Los Angeles this offseason.
Bad day for Mccain
Bobby McCain started. Bobby McCain got beaten. And then Bobby McCain got pulled.
McCain, who sustained a concussion in last Monday’s loss to the Giants, was back in the lineup Sunday.
He struggled early and then gave way to fellow rookie Tony Lippett, who broke up the first pass thrown his way. McCain returned to action early in the second half, but Lippett worked in coverage, too.
Brent Grimes had a nice bounce-back game, picking off Rivers at the goal line a week after Odell Beckham Jr. exposed him.
Landry sets mark
Jarvis Landry is now the Dolphins’ single-season record holder in receptions.
With a 3-yard catch in the first half, Landry broke O.J. McDuffie’s record of 90 in a season.
Landry finished the game with eight catches for 54 yards, giving him 97 receptions on the season.
This and that
▪ Full list of Dolphins inactives: QB Logan Thomas, WR Rishard Matthews, LB Jelani Jenkins, DE Jordan Williams, T Ja’Wuan James and DT Earl Mitchell.
▪ With Jenkins out, the Dolphins were already thin at linebacker. They got even thinner when Koa Misi left the game with a back injury. Plus, Chris McCain injured his knee early in the second half and did not return.