VIDEOS: T.J. McDonald, who returns for Miami Dolphins today, delivers violent hits

Miami Dolphins defensive backs T.J. McDonald and Cordrea Tankersley tackle Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in an August preseason game. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — When Miami Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald signed with the Dolphins in March, he clearly laid out his identity as a player.

“I’m definitely a physical player,” McDonald said. “I’m going to attack the ball. I’m going to be physical at all times, no matter where it is on the field.”

McDonald said he the kind of player who can “make an impact.”

After an eight-game NFL suspension, McDonald returns to the Dolphins today. He’s expected to start on Monday at Carolina.

Want to know what kind of player McDonald is? Do a search for “T.J. McDonald” on YouTube. What you’ll find is a series of heart-pumping, testosterone-rising, hard-hitting, old-school videos featuring McDonald destroying, mauling and blowing up opponents.

McDonald doesn’t hit players just to end the play. He hits players as if he wants them to feel immense pain, and question if they should come near his area of the field again. In an era when many defensive backs shy away from contact, McDonald craves it.

As a captain at USC, McDonald set a tone for Trojans’ games and regularly fired up his teammates with big hits. With the Rams, McDonald attacked opponents without fear.

On one play seen in a video below, McDonald shoves Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., hard off the field. And then McDonald follows Beckham 10 yards off the field and puts his facemask on Beckham’s facemask as he shouts — well, he shouts something.

On one play, a blitzing McDonald blows up Ryan Tannehill. (OK, cover your eyes for that one.)

On another play, McDonald hits Andre Caldwell of the Broncos so hard, as a launched missile, that Caldwell falls forward in pain.

Sound good?

Enjoy.

McDonald is a predator. He’s a 6-feet-2, 223-pound heat-seeking missile, capable of hitting like a linebacker and covering like a safety. It will be fascinating to see how he meshes with Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones.

Earlier this year, McDonald predicted his body would feel better in Week 9 than it would have if he had been playing. But he also added, “I think it’s unrealistic to say that I’ll be able to go out there and pick up like it was nothing.”

How ready is McDonald to jump right in?

“I don’t know,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said on Monday. “Run across the middle and you’ll find out.”

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