Mike McDaniel provides updates on Brandon Jones, Nik Needham
The Miami Dolphins are holding their second organized team activity (OTA) session on Tuesday, and it’s the first that’s open to media viewing.
Prior to the start of the session, head coach Mike McDaniel took some time to speak with the local media, and one of the first things he was asked about was the recovery processes for both safety Brandon Jones and cornerback Nik Needham.
“I see Brandon and Nik every day,” McDaniel said. “When I say diligent, that’s what their days are. I feel good about where they’re at right now. What does that mean down the road? I try not to get consumed with like ‘alright you’re going to be ready down,’ so that you’re wearing that anxiety. We just want to stay on schedule and/or ahead and all reports have been just that because of the way our medical staff goes about their business and the way they attack their whole rehab. [I’m] excited about them.”
Needham’s 2022 season ended prematurely as a result of an Achilles tear during the team’s Week 6 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, and Jones tore his ACL the following week, finishing his year as well.
If both players come back for the start of the regular season, they’re expected to have some important roles in Vic Fangio’s defense. Needham will likely be in the mix for the nickel cornerback spot, while Jones could end up starting at safety again or in a big nickel role.
While both players have been active in showing their progress on social media, we’ll have to keep an eye out to see when they practice for the first time this offseason.
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