After an amazing rookie season, Miami Dolphins safety Jevon Holland focuses on developing his professionalism along with his play on the pitch.
“I think it was just my general development as a professional,” Holland said. “Things will come into practice and as things start to accelerate, tackling the corners of the ball and things like that. But for me, acting like more of a pro was probably most things. It really was me, honestly. (Coaching staff) supported me and pushed me in that direction no matter what it is. Mostly it’s just me concentrating that drive in a specific area. “
The former Oregon Ducks safety entered the scene last season contributing 69 total tackles, two interceptions, 10 defended passes, three tackles per loss, 16 pressures and 2.5 sacks in 13 starts.
Many successful NFL players make a significant leap in their second season, but the Netherlands are more concerned with steady improvement over multiple seasons.
“I’m not in my second year yet, so I can’t really tell you,” Holland said. “But I feel it’s important, yes. I feel like you have to improve every year. I don’t know which year I’ll stop improving each year and be the best I can be, but right now I’m always in an uphill battle ”.
THE AWESOME MAIN SEASON OF THE NETHERLANDS
The Netherlands’ overall PFF rating of 84.6 ranked fourth among NFL Securities while its coverage rating of 87.7 ranked third. Those votes are even more impressive considering what the Netherlands’ role is in defending Miami.
Holland spends a lot of time watching the team’s only profound salvation in Cover 1, which means he’s responsible for stopping the big plays on the entire pitch.
Any player who takes as many shots as a single deep safe has to be responsible and professional because they are the last line of defense which is why it’s surprising that Holland says that’s where he needs to improve.
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Holland doesn’t feel he wasn’t a pro last season; he just wants to be more professional next season as he’s a little bit older.
“I feel like I’m getting old,” Holland said. “Now I’m 22, I get up there in age. I feel like I’m getting older, so I should just be acting a little bit more mature, even if it already seems like that. “
THE NETHERLANDS BECOMES LEADER
Holland also said he has become more comfortable as a leader and is willing to correct mistakes made by his teammates if he feels he can help.
The high single security position also requires a lot of mental processing and the ability to quickly adapt to what the attack is doing.
Holland hopes that all the experience he gained last season and his work during the OTAs this offseason will help him play faster this season.
“I’m already a year in the league, so things are starting to slow down, just like they did when I started playing more,” Holland said. “Yes, just reacting more is definitely much easier. But that’s how college was, from first year to second year. You go in there, you are at ease, you have your swag, your atmosphere. Things start to slow down as you get closer. ”
Holland are essential to Miami’s defense, doubling the success they had during the second half of the 2021 season, when the Dolphins gave up more than 20 points just three times and kept teams at 10 or fewer points five times. .
One of Holland’s best games of the season came in week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens. He recorded six quarterback pressures of the season and only conceded six yards in reception on four targets.
The Dolphins are taking back all of their starters in defense from last season and the Netherlands know it will help them get started as they did at the end of last season.
“I feel like a collective, like a whole defense, it’s amazing that we’re all back in one area,” Holland said. “This is really important and it’s rare, honestly, to have everyone back in the group. I’m excited. It is comfortable in the room. Everybody knows each other. Now that we are going through all these activities, practice and adversity, you find yourself increasingly hurt together as a group. “