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Dolphins safety Reshad Jones deserves first Pro Bowl selection

Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones did a hula dance on Sunday following his interception against the Baltimore Ravens. The statement was clear, but subtle: Jones wants the public to know he is playing at a Pro Bowl level this season.

“It was another pick, and I felt like it was Pro Bowl-worthy,” Jones said of his celebration.

Jones is on point with his assessment. He is having the best year of his career and deserves his first Pro Bowl selection to Hawaii in January.

Miami’s top safety is not a big talker or self-promoter, but his play speaks volumes. He is first among safeties with 107 tackles and tied for fifth at his position with four interceptions. Jones also is tied for the NFL lead with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Despite bigger names on defense such as Ndamukong Suh, Brent Grimes and Cameron Wake, Jones has been Miami’s best defensive player from Week 1 through Week 13. He has double-digit tackles in four games and also recorded eight or nine tackles in six additional games this season.

Jones has made game-breaking plays, such as his pick-sixes in back-to-back weeks in wins over the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans. He also had a game-saving interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter that sealed a road victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The biggest obstacle for Jones is playing for the struggling Dolphins, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and likely will extend that streak for a seventh straight year. Jones also is not a well-known player to fans across the league and has never been to the Pro Bowl.

However, there are not four safeties in the NFL who are playing better than Jones this season, let alone four safeties in the AFC. Jones is unlikely to get to Hawaii through the fan vote. But there is a solid chance league players and coaches are wise enough to give Jones his due and send Miami's hard-hitting safety to Hawaii in January.