Defensive end Dion Jordan, conditionally reinstated by the NFL from a drug suspension, was back at Dolphins headquarters on Saturday. But coach Adam Gase said he has no idea when he will be back on the field.
In its announcement Friday, the NFL said Jordan may “participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities.” But the league said he could not begin practicing or play in preseason games until “arrangements have been confirmed regarding Jordan’s clinical resources in Miami.”
Said Gase: “We’re taking everything very slowly. We’re trying to make sure we do everything by the book, exactly the way the league wants us to do it. He’s trying to do a good job of doing exactly what he’s told to do. You talk about Step 1 of like 500. It’s going to take some time for us to make sure we do every little thing right for this thing to turn out the right way.”
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Miami signed 6-2 cornerback Rashaan Melvin after a Saturday workout, according to agent Mike McCartney.
Originally signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois in 2013, Melvin has played in 12 NFL games, all over the past two seasons — four for Baltimore and eight for New England after the Patriots claimed him off waivers last October.
Melvin was briefly on the Dolphins’ practice squad in 2014 before the Ravens plucked him. Melvin has played well at tines in the regular season but allowed 12 catches for 224 yards against New England in a January 2015 playoff game. But the Patriots claimed him when Baltimore released him last October.
To make room for Melvin, the Dolphins released tight end Jake Stoneburner.
▪ Dallas Thomas again lined up with the starters at left guard in the first 11-on-11 team drills, with Billy Turner at right guard.
But rookie first-round pick Laremy Tunsil later got some first-team work at left guard in 11-on-11 drills, and Jermon Bushrod received some first-team snaps at right guard. And during one sequence, Tunsil was with the starters at left guard and Thomas at right guard.
Asked about Tunsil’s progress, Gase said: “Once we get in pads, we’ll figure out more. Right now, we’ve been nothing but jerseys and cleats and helmets.”
▪ Left tackle Branden Albert is mentoring Tunsil.
“He is the future left tackle of this team,” Albert said. “When my time is done, he’s going to step in [and] I’m going to make sure [he’s prepared]. That’s how you leave your legacy.”
Albert said Tunsil “has the potential to play next to me and Mike [Pouncey]. He’s going to have his bumps and bruises. But for the most part, he will flourish.”
▪ As for other starting battles, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell again opened with the starters, ahead of Jordan Phillips. Isa Abdul-Quddus opened with the starters at safety, opposite Reshad Jones, after Michael Thomas got the nod on Friday. But Thomas remained the first-team slot corner in the absence of Bobby McCain.
McCain said he was placed on the physically unable to perform list Friday because he cramped up late in the team’s conditioning test Thursday. He was removed from PUP late Saturday afternoon.
▪ Running back Kenyan Drake, who played with both the fourth team and first team, fumbled on a poor exchange with Matt Moore but also had a nice run.
Arian Foster remains on PUP. The coaching staff likes Jay Ajayi, and it’s clear the Foster signing was more a reflection of the Dolphins believing they need a second back that can be relied on. Damien Williams is on PUP because he’s out of shape.
▪ Chris McCain, who said he’s very happy to be back at defensive end after being moved to linebacker last year, made two notable plays, including what would have been a strip sack of Brandon Doughty, but faces an uphill climb to make the 53-man roster. He still has practice squad eligibility.
▪ With Bob Griese working the team’s three preseason telecasts on CBS-4, former Dolphins great Jason Taylor will replace him in the booth for preseason games, alongside Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose on new rights-holder WQAM 560.