Miami Dolphins’ Reshad Jones on Pro Bowl bid: ‘I was counting on it.’

Reshad Jones of the Miami Dolphins reacts after intercepting a pass intended for Austin Hooper of the Atlanta Falcons to seal a win on October 15. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DAVIE — Reshad Jones of the Dolphins has always considered himself one of the best safeties in the NFL.

Jones took his daughter and sister to Cirque du Soleil, outside Hard Rock Stadium, on Tuesday night, when Dolphins coach Adam Gase called to say he had been selected to his second Pro Bowl.

And Jones really wasn’t surprised.

“I was excited,” Jones said Wednesday. “I was counting on it. I worked hard throughout the offseason. It doesn’t just start during the season, it starts during offseason training. I put the work in, so it’s expected.”

Jones is second on the Dolphins with 99 tackles, trailing only Kiko Alonso with 101. Jones also has 0.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hit, 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.

Jones sealed Miami’s upset at Atlanta with a late-game interception. He also picked up a fumble and returned it 38 yards for a score against Tennessee and scooped up another fumble and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown at New England.

Jones was raised in Atlanta so he cited the interception as his signature moment of the season.

“Hometown victory, a big play that we needed earlier in the season,” Jones said.

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Jones was added to the Pro Bowl in 2015; this time he was voted in by fans, players and coaches.

“I have to give credit to all of my teammates: my front seven, who put pressure on the quarterback and guys who stepped up, like ‘X’ (Xavien Howard) came and made plays to make my job easier, Bobby (McCain) playing all over the field playing everywhere for us this year and T.J. (McDonald) coming in, filling in for Nate (Allen),” Jones said. “It was a total team effort. It shouldn’t be just me that gets the accolades.”

Jones said he’s looking forward to playing with fellow Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, who he cited as a good friend with whom he frequently speaks. “He’s a veteran player,” Jones said. “He played a lot in this league. He studies film, he knows where he’s supposed to be and he’s a leader.”

According to Pro Football Focus, Jones was actually more effective in 2014-16 than he has been this season. At times it seems Jones has had a hard time adjusting to his return from a serious shoulder injury.

That makes this Pro Bowl appearance even more special. He enjoyed the 2015 experience.

“Just the camaraderie being around other elite athletes at the top of their game,” Jones said. “It’s just a cool experience for family and friends to come out and be able to see other athletes and enjoy the festivities and the different things they have for families.”

Jones hopes a few more Dolphins make the team when roster replacements occur. He had a hard time believing he was the only Pro Bowl-worthy Dolphin, as Ndamukong Suh, Cam Wake and Jarvis Landry were initially passed over.