Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) escapes the grasp of Chicago Bears free safety Brock Vereen (45) during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
We all expect to see Jarvis Landry improve over last years rookie season but just how much is Landry needed to the success of the offense? A lot as it turns out. Landry is the one player that Ryan Tannehill can rely on. The Dolphins made several additions to the offense including Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Cameron but it’s Landry who has the watchful eye of Tannehill.
When the games get real so will the connections between quarterback and Landry. Landry is far more than an outlet slot receiver and while he will make Tannehill’s job easy, his play on special teams will also play a big role in the teams success.
Landry told the media that he wants to be more involved in all aspects of the game. While the Dolphins have held him out of pre-season return duties that is something that will likely change when the season starts. Landry is dynamic in his return abilities. He is not a speed returner but has incredible vision and knows how to follow his blocking leads. On the offense Landry has been taking some reps outside as well and is one of the key players that will be in motion pre-snap to maximize the coverage.
The Dolphins can compete without Landry but without him they would lose a major weapon on offense and take away a comfort level for Tannehill.