8. SS Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
In 2012, Reshad Jones bursted onto the scene as a surprise standout for the Miami Dolphins, and he became known as one of the league’s best strong safeties when the organization rewarded him with a five-year deal worth about $30 million. Jones’s first season under the new deal, however, didn’t go as planned, and some worried that his 2012 season was merely a fluke.
However, improved run defending in front of him allowed Jones to bounce back, and the 27-year-old enjoyed a successful bounce-back campaign in 2014, re-asserting himself as arguably the game’s best run-defending safety. Jones had PFF’s highest Run Stop% when in the box, and he was also pretty darn good in coverage. In fact, I’d wager that Jones is the most underrated strong safety in the game in coverage, as he his own against Rob Gronkowski on one occasion and had PFF’s 17th-lowest yards per snap in coverage among 60 qualifying safeties.