After missing earlier drills, Jones is at Dolphins mini-camp

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones reported Tuesday to the Miami Dolphins’ mandatory mini-camp after skipping earlier voluntary offseason practices.

Jones, the team’s highest-paid player at $13 million this year, was on the field for the first of this week’s three workouts under first-year coach Brian Flores.

“It’s great to see him,” Flores said. “He looks like he’s in really good shape.”

Flores has said Jones’ recovery from offseason shoulder surgery was one of several factors in his decision to miss the earlier practices.

There has been speculation the Dolphins want to trade the 31-year-old Jones as part of their rebuilding effort. They also have veteran safety T.J. McDonald, and 2018 first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick and veteran Bobby McCain can play safety or cornerback.

Flores has made no guarantees about playing time for Jones, a starter since 2011.

“He has a lot of experience and could play a lot of roles for us,” Flores said.

Jones’ role was an issue last year under coach Adam Gase. Jones took himself out of a midseason game against the New York Jets and watched the second half from the sideline, unhappy with a plan to rotate safeties.

Flores said he hasn’t discussed that episode with Jones.

“My conversations with Reshad are about playbook, communication, fundamentals, technique,” Flores said. “Last year is last year.”

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