Reshad Jones is talking about a tackle for loss in Sunday’s defeat of the Titans.
“I’ve seen a lot of ball,” Jones is saying. “I’ve played a lot of ball. And I prepare. I mean, preparation creates opportunity.”
Jones is talking about dropping shifty Titans running back Dion Lewis in the backfield. Jones had pretended to drop back in coverage, crept toward and the line, triggered toward the runner and exploded through his torso.
“I saw a familiar formation and I was able to diagnose it,” Jones said.
Jones is asked more about the play. And more about the interception he made. And the other interception.
And it’s evident that even though he’s discussing his prowess, he’s becoming a bit annoyed. It’s as if he’s thinking, “Do you not watch me play?”
And so, Jones sort of says just that.
“That’s what I do,” Jones said. “I’ve been here nine years. Go look at the film. You’ll see the same thing. It’s the same s---.”
Jones carries a chip on his shoulder. Pro Bowl status or not. He feels he’s not given enough credit. He feels there are many true doubters.
Real or not, it simply fuels him.
“I always feel like I have something to prove,” Jones told me last week. “Being a late-round draft pick. This is a show-me league. You have to get it done each and every year.”
Jones has always been good. He was exceptional in 2015 and very, very good in 2016 before sustaining a season-ending injury.
Perhaps Jones knows or senses that some (including this journalist) felt he wasn’t quite all the way back last season. Just another chip for Jones.
Asked if anybody stood out to him in the Titans game, Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke seemed to take a cue from Jones on Thursday.
“Reshad Jones,” Burke said. “Did he stand out to you?”
Yes, Jones did. He did on the tackle for loss. And he did on two interceptions, one in particular where he reached out while falling down and basically on his rear end.
“I’ve got receiver hands, man,” Jones said, with a smile. “I’ve got great hands. I was able to see the ball come out of the quarterbacks’ hands. I just made a good catch.”
There have been crowds of reporters around rookie defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick this week. There was a crowd around defensive back Bobby McCain on Thursday.
McCain is a team captain, as chosen by coach Adam Gase. He’s rah-rah. Jones is lead by example.
It doesn’t mean one is right and one is wrong. It takes all types of players. And all types of personalities.
Jones feels overlooked — still — always. Jones feels like he is not given the overall credit he should for his his career accomplishments.
Jones is great because he’s convinced himself nobody thinks he is.
So, fine, we’ll say it. Jones an outstanding player, with outstanding speed, outstanding instincts and outstanding playmaking abilities. He is a unique talent.
“There’s a reason why guys like Reshad Jones go to the Pro Bowl year in and year out,” Gase said.
Just look at the film, as Jones would say. You’ll see the same thing, time and time again. As Jones would say, “Same s---.”