Abdul-Quddus has been helping Miami’s defensive backs, including free-agent additions T.J. McDonald and Nate Allen, the safeties signed to take his spot opposite Pro Bowler Reshad Jones.
“(Abdul-Quddus) is helpful to be around,” McDonald said Monday. “He’s the one on the film right now that we were watching from last year. He’s got experience in this system, so having him in the meeting room definitely helps and he was out there on the sideline today and things like that. Having him in the room, someone who’s been there, someone who’s done it in this system, is definitely helpful.”
In March, the Dolphins waived Abdul-Quddus at the age of 27 due to a failed physical. Abdul-Quddus’ effectively career ended on a Christmas Eve play at Buffalo.
The Palm Beach Post reported then that Abdul-Quddus was not expected to be able to play football again. But coach Adam Gase and the Dolphins organization have been very supportive of Abdul-Quddus’ continued involvement with the team.
McDonald will be suspended for the first eight games of the season due to a but he showed his strengths during a practice Monday that included tackling to the ground.
During a period that McDonald said was simply supposed to be “thud” (or, wrapping up the ball carrier) he instead propelled with sudden explosiveness into running back Jay Ajayi.
“I’m trying to get comfortable in this system and just make sure I’m on the same page with everybody,” McDonald said.
At the end of the spring, safety Reshad Jones, who is still nursing a calf injury, was asked how good the secondary can be without Abdul-Quddus.
“It’s early to put any rankings or anything like that; but I do think we have a good group,” Jones said. “We have a lot of good pieces in Nate Allen we added and T.J. (McDonald). ‘X’ (Xavien Howard) is playing good and like I said, Tony Lippett is playing probably the best ball he’s been playing. I think we can be special. We’ve got the ball rolling in the right direction, we’ve just got to continue to put the work in and make it happen.”
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