When breaking down the Dolphins’ host of free agents, S Chris Clemons often gets forgotten, what with fellow starters Jake Long, Reggie Bush, Randy Starks, Anthony Fasano and Brian Hartline all in contract years.
The fourth-year pro has proven his worth this season, though, after regaining his starting spot. Injuries are part of the reason Clemons was relegated to special teams, but it didn’t take him long to win the job for this year and he has started every game. Clemons has 86 tackles, three tackles for loss, four passes defensed and two interceptions this season.
Clemons had 10 tackles in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville and received praise from his defensive coordinator, Kevin Coyle.
“Clem had probably his best game of the year. He graded out at over 90 percent yesterday and it was probably his most consistent game,” Coyle told reporters on Monday. “He’s been very quietly consistent for the most part, just out there doing his job and doing it well.”
Clemons’ partner in the back end, Reshad Jones, has received more of the headlines for having a stellar season, but Clemons has helped as the last line of defense. We hear he will be a priority to re-sign — it will help that he shouldn’t be nearly as expensive as the team's other free agents — and can give the defense some continuity heading into 2013 should he remain a Dolphin.