Dolphins S Reshad Jones says ‘something needs to change’ after 6-10 season

Dolphins S Reshad Jones is getting tired of his best years not meaning anything. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—The Dolphins haven’t been a legitimate contender in the AFC during any of their current players’ time with the team, and veterans are feeling the frustration of good individual seasons being wasted.

For Reshad Jones, a Pro Bowl safety, this is the seventh time in his eight years here watching the team go through locker cleanout day while a dozen other NFL teams are getting ready for the playoffs.

“Yeah, I would like to make the playoffs and do bigger things, but you’ve got to deal with the cards that have been dealt,” he said. “Just continue to do what I’ve been doing, taking care of my body, and come out and lead this team and try to help this team win football games.”

Jones added that “something has to change” for the organization to get where it wants to be, but said Miami has the right players already on the roster. He didn’t give any specifics on what he wants the team to address.

“I can’t put one finger on it right now,” he said. “I’ve gotta take a moment to evaluate the whole season and look at a couple of things, but I think we’ve got resilient guys in this locker room. We’ve got the right pieces in this locker room; it’s just a tough league to win in.

“It’s kind of tough not making the playoffs, knowing the potential we have in this locker room. It’s just another season I feel like we’ve wasted. I think we have the right guy in Adam Gase. I know he’ll get this thing turned around.”

Jones, who will be 30 next season, led the team with 122 tackles to go with two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two touchdowns and 1.5 sacks. This will be his second Pro Bowl trip.

He went through a grueling rehabilitation process after last season ended six games in with a rotator cuff injury and made the Dolphins look smart for signing him to a five-year $60 million extension in the recent offseason.

“I put a lot into it,” he said of his comeback season. “It was a long offseason, a lot of hard work and dedication. I had to sacrifice a lot. It means a lot knowing my shoulder held up a full season. I played well. I made a lot of plays for this team.”

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