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Decision by Dolphins’ Jones has an ironic twist. And one player had best game in years

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A six-pack of Dolphins notes on a Tuesday:

Here’s one irony of safety Reshad Jones essentially quitting on the team Sunday and removing himself from the Jets game:

After last season, one factor that was weighed in Dolphins personnel decisions was what players quit during lopsided games. For example, the Dolphins believed some players quit during the second half of the Carolina game on Monday Night Football, when the Panthers ran roughshod over the Dolphins.

But a Dolphins source said before the season that one of several reasons the Dolphins kept Reshad Jones is that he didn’t quit and always gave maximum effort. That source cited one play in which Jones ran a long way for a tackle late in the 29-13 Christmas Eve loss in Kansas City.

So the Dolphins emerged from that game, and last season, believing Jones was one of their least likely high-end players to quit on the team.

Adam Gase seemed forgiving of Jones’ Sunday decision in his Monday news conference, partly because of issues that he declined to disclose.

Gase said Jones will play Sunday against Green Bay and declined to say if Jones will be disciplined.

With Jones pulling himself out of the game, cornerback Bobby McCain leaving because of a suspected head injury (he’s fine) and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor lost for the season with a foot injury, the Dolphins gave defensive snaps Sunday to two new players (tackles Ziggy Hood and Sylvester Williams), a rookie who hadn’t played previously on defense (Cornell Armstrong) and a veteran who had played only three defensive snaps all year (Walt Aikens).

Hood and Williams each played 24 of 66 defensive snaps and were OK. Armstrong played 14 snaps and Aikens 6. Aikens had the game-clinching interception.

“When it’s their first game, those guys are trying to get used to playing with that group,” Gase said. “I didn’t think anybody stuck out as, ‘Wow, that was terrible.’ It was good to see Walt out there. Any time he gets a chance to make some plays, he’s one of our guys that gives us everything he has on special teams. I know he wants to do whatever he can on defense when he can. He was in the right place at the right time.”

With Jones logging only 10 snaps, safety T.J. McDonald’s excellent work Sunday was well-timed.

Per Pro Football Focus, he earned the highest grade for the team at 91.1 overall in Week 9, his best individual performance since Week 11 of the 2014 season (92.3).

McDonald had nine tackles, three stops and allowed just 21 yards on three receptions (four targets) with an interception in pass coverage. Coming into the game, McDonald’s 11 missed tackles were tied for the most at the safety position, but he didn’t miss any against the Jets…..

A couple of other things from PFF: For the season, 303 of Frank Gore’s 438 rushing yards have come after contact (69 percent) while Kenyan Drake has racked up 57 percent of his rushing yards after contact. PFF rates Gore 7th and Drake 49th among all running backs this season. …

Brock Osweiler, who missed a deep ball to Danny Amendola that would have gone a long way, is just 5 for 16 for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and a 64.3 rating on passes thrown at least 20 yards in the air this season. Last season for Denver, Osweiler was among the league’s best on those deep throws, going 8 for 17 for 232 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 108.6 rating.

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▪ Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins auditioned three veteran cornerbacks Tuesday: David Amerson (played for Redskins and Raiders), Dontae Johnson (Bills/49ers) and Demetri Goodson (Saints/Packers).

Armstrong and Torry McTyer are Miami’s backup cornerbacks in the wake of Cordrea Tankersley sustaining a torn ACL in a practice last Thursday.

Neat social media photo of the week: Taylor, who finished the season ranked 22nd among all NFL defensive tackles before his foot injury, actually watched Sunday’s game dressed in his entire uniform — including his helmet — from the couch.

Though the Rams lost to New Orleans on Sunday and are no longer unbeaten, CBS decided to keep Rams-Seahawks as their primary game going to most of the country in the 4:25 p.m. window on Sunday, with lead team Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on the call.

With CBS having the Super Bowl this year, it’s also a chance for Nantz and Romo to work a Rams game.

Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon call Dolphins-Packers at the same time on CBS, with that game going to 22 percent of the country.

I’ll tweet the national TV regionalization map on my Twitter account (@flasportsbuzz) when it’s finalized on Wednesday.

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