Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry could become an impressive possession receiver in the NFL a la Anquan Boldin, whom he was compared to several times during the pre-draft process. While Landry doesn’t possess great speed and was overlooked by some due to subpar measurables, he has the best hands of any rookie wideout and displays a great feel for the game. A fluid pass-catcher, Landry can play inside or outside, because he runs clean routes, uses his size well, and simply knows how to get open. Even though he’s joining a crowded wide receiver corps that includes Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, he has still unsurprisingly found a way to shine this offseason.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Chris Perkins, Landry has been one of the standouts today at Dolphins minicamp, and he noted that both he and Ryan Tannehill are already displaying “nice chemistry”, highlighting a 17-yard reception today as one example. We’ve heard glowing reports about Landry throughout offseason workouts, which isn’t a surprise for those who fell in love with his game at LSU. Gibson is a solid player and was having a very good season last year (his first with the Dolphins) before suffering a season-ending injury, but he’s been put on notice as the team’s No. 3 receiver.
While Tannehill’s connection with Landry has been quick to develop, his connection with big 2013 free agent signing Mike Wallace is still a talking point for the wrong reasons. After dropping a wide-open pass that hit him right in the chest, the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley tweeted at the half-time point of the scrimmage that the Wallace-Tannehill connection still “needs work”. The deep ball hasn’t been working for Tannehill as hoped this offseason, but at least he’s been money on intermediate routes to Landry, who absolutely kills it in that zone of the field. I have faith that Wallace and Tannehill will click at some point, but it’s still at least a tad concerning that it’s still a worry after over a year of Wallace being a Dolphin.