Defensive back Reshad Jones is a ten-year veteran who had played his entire career for the Miami Dolphins. While that hasn’t given him a full spectrum of diverse experiences, it does prove his value to the Dolphins’ defense. Unfortunately, Jones was a senior veteran with an injury history, and the Dolphins are a team intent on building a young defense. Jones’ salary was set for $11.5 million in 2020, prompting the Dolphins to trigger his release.
Jones is still play-worthy and is able to play the role so critical for the Rams defense. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, he plays like a veteran version of Jordan Fuller. He can defend the pass but still has the ability to chalk up tackles as well. The NFL is not filled with defensive backs who will thrive in the Rams defensive scheme, but Reshad Jones is one who could do very well. That alone warrants an invitation to audition.
Seven-year veteran defensive back Tony Jefferson is a versatile player who had played four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. While not as strong in pass defense as some options, Jefferson is very familiar with the NFC West. And after playing a rotational role, he has stepped up and has become an NFL starter.
Jefferson was outstanding in 2018 but fell back to earth in 2019. In that year, he played in just five games before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Just 28 years old, he tried out for the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year, apparently with no success of landing a contract. As is the case with many recovering veterans, Jefferson was waived from the Ravens due to salary cap considerations. He could be a solid piece to the Rams defense, and most definitely should get an invitation to try out.