"A player descending fast, and I was a fan of his in minicamp," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said.
"You watch the tape on Jerry, he's a catastrophe on tape today," offensive line coach Jim Turner said.
That’s definitely not the way the third-year veteran hoped to be portrayed on this season’s third episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” The series chronicles building an NFL team. And Jerry is a player who should be emerging as a cornerstone for the Dolphins.
The third-round draft pick out of Mississippi has struggled to keep his 6-foot-5, 328-pound frame in shape, and his lack of attention to detail has the coaching staff scratching their heads. Jerry reportedly showed up to camp closer to 360 pounds.
As a result the team has had to put him through a rigorous training camp to get him into shape. This has led to Jerry vomiting on the practice field several times -- and a spot on the third team.
“That’s a TV show,’’ Jerry told Fox Sports Florida. “I understand that. I don’t get caught up in that. I’m not going to get mad at my coaches for anything, for something they’re saying about me.’’
But that’s not the only thing they are saying about him. Some of the coaches are holding out hope he still finds a way to put it all together.
“If he buys in,” Turner said, “he’ll be an All-Pro.”
Top Twitter reactions to 'Hard Knocks'
“Rivera did not watch Hard Knocks last night. Reminded media he is not a fan of the show. "I live it every day, no need to watch." -- Carolina Panthers official team Twitter feed on coach Ron Rivera.
“Again, "Hard Knocks" with an amazing look behind the curtain with Reggie Bush and other players talking to Coach Philbin re Chad release” -- ESPN radio host Trey Wingo
“Ratings numbers in for Hard Knocks, Episode 3: 865K viewers Tuesday, making it the series' third-most watched episode since 2002.” -- Miami Herald sports reporter Adam Beasley
Top quotes from 'Hard Knocks'
"We're going to find out about these guys tonight because the way this group is playing, there's going to be spots to be won." -- Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle on the unit’s play against Carolina.
“The last couple of years, we haven’t been good enough about holding players accountable.” -- Dolphins OL Jake Long.
“Am I on drugs?” -- Turner watching the poor play of the OL in the loss to Carolina.