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Upgrade at safety would complete Dolphins' defense

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Dolphins have some question marks on the defensive line because of free agency, and another outside linebacker might be pursued, but the biggest hole on Miami's defense remains at safety.

Reshad Jones, a fifth-round pick in 2010, won the free safety job from Chris Clemons, who battled injuries and was mainly a special-teams contributor. Jones started 12 games, with Tyrone Culver starting four. Jones, who we hear is one of the team's better playmakers, had 67 tackles, two sacks and four passes defensed. There is still room for improvement at the position, though, especially in a division that includes the Patriots and their tight ends.

SS Yeremiah Bell led the team in tackling again and started all 16 games but will be 34 when next season starts, and it might be time for the team to look for its next strong safety. There is also DB Jimmy Wilson, who can play safety or corner.

The future of the safety position also depends on the next head coach and defensive coordinator, and what they think of Jones' play. The Dolphins are skilled at corner, and an improved safety duo would round out one of the league's better defenses.

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