Rookie Jordan pushing for bigger role

The Miami Dolphins dropped the third overall pick in this year's draft on Dion Jordan with the hope that he will give them a long-term pass-rushing beast. By the sounds of how he performed in practice Wednesday, he may be ready to do that sooner than later.

"The rookie defensive end was a terror against Miami's starting offensive line," wrote ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker. "Jordan registered two sacks while matched up against starting left tackle Jonathan Martin. Jordan also looked good in one-on-one drills. Jordan is very fluid and athletic in his movements and showed flashes of why Miami made him its top pick in April's draft."

Jordan appears to be over his offseason shoulder surgery at this point. The Fins have enough talent and depth on their D-line to simply use Jordan as a third-down pass-rush specialist until he is ready for more responsibility, but if he continues to shine through the preseason, he could push for a bigger-than-expected role once the regular season kicks off.