NFL rules might prohbits teams from speaking with suspended players, but they say nothing about collegiate teammates doing so.
New Dolphin Kiko Alonso chats with good friend and fellow Oregon Duck Dion Jordan all the time.
So when Alonso spoke with local media Thursday, he of course answered a bunch of questions about Jordan, who has been out of football for 11 months.
“Dion, he’s one of my best friends,” Alonso said. “He’s a great player, a great guy. I talked with him recently. Hope everything works out with him.”
When asked if Jordan, who is serving a yearlong suspension after failing three drug tests in as many years, still has a love for the game, Alonso responded: “I bet he’s going to come back and have a chip on his shoulder.”
Left unanswered: if Jordan even has a place on the team when he does return. Dolphins decision-makers have repeatedly avoided talking about the former No. 3 overall pick, aside from saying that he needs to show a desire to play.
As for Alonso, who is on his third team in as many seasons, he expects to finally be back healthy this fall.
Alonso, traded to Miami from Philadelphia on Wednesday, said his recurring knee issues are “definitely all behind me. I feel great.”
He expects to play middle linebacker for the Dolphins, and insisted that he will be full-go during spring practices.
MAXWELL CLEARS THE AIR
Byron Maxwell also had a conference call with Miami reporters Thursday, but jumped on a few minutes late.
He had a good — and encouraging — reason. He was finishing up a workout.
Guess that troublesome shoulder injury might not be so troublesome after all.
A day after medical concerns dominated the news surrounding the Eagles-Dolphins trade, Maxwell insisted that his shoulder is “good now.”
He shot down a report out of Philadelphia that he told Dolphins doctors he couldn’t do push-ups. And he expects to participate in the team’s spring practices.
“I’m supremely excited that I’m here,” Maxwell said. “... I plan on doing special things with the Dolphins.”
Of course, that was the plan last year with the Eagles. But playing in a scheme not suited to his skills, Maxwell struggled.
When asked why, he responded: “You know it’s a lot of reasons. None that I feel like I need to go into. Just that it’s in the past. Right now it’s just all about moving forward and all about the Miami Dolphins and me helping this team win. When the chances are there, that’s what it’s about.”
Maxwell, who acknowledged that he in recent days he restructured his unwiedly contract, believes Vance Joseph’s defense is a better fit.
“I think it’s similar to what he ran with the Bengals, the Cincinnati Bengals,” Maxwell said. “It is big corners that can get in your face and be versatile and go get the ball. I mean I’m one of those guys… so the meeting went well. He’s a former player and he understands what goes through a player’s mindset. So yeah I’m looking forward to working with him though.”
▪ The Dolphins on Thursday re-signed offensive lineman Jacques McClendon and linebacker James-Michael Johnson, both of whom spent time on the team’s roster in 2015.