The Miami Dolphins competition at the running back position was one of their two biggest storylines this offseason, with the other being the potential breakout of third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is one of the more underrated signal-callers in the game today. Tannehill has plenty of weapons around him heading into the 2014 season, as the Dolphins have Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Jarvis Landry, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, and Charles Clay at his disposal with all of them providing different roles in the offense.
Landry could have a big impact as a rookie for the ‘Fins, as he is already an incredibly reliable pass-catcher. At LSU, Landry had the best hands in the nation, and he drew Anquan Boldin comparisons due to his physicality and precise route-running. It is incredibly difficult to beat him at the catch point, and he has surprising quickness for his size, which allows him to make up for his 40-time concerns.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said of Landry, via the Palm Beach Post’s Andrew Abramson, “He has good hands, he has good judgment on the football when he’s up in the air. He has instincts as a runner.”
Well said. It will be interesting to see how Landry fits into the Dolphins hierarchy as a rookie, but it’s clear to me that he can become a great WR2 for Tannehill down the road.
As for the running back competition, the more talented Lamar Miller is still the team’s feature back on the ground, though veteran offseason signing Knowshon Moreno will likely displace the former Miami Hurricane on passing downs. Philbin stated, also via Abramson, that the Dolphins will partition their carries based on who has the “hot hand” (somewhat like the New York Jets purported approach) and “what gives us best chance to win on any given day”. This is pretty broad, but it basically means that the situation is fluid and could change from week-to-week based on performance, including split in-game adjustments. That said, I think Miller is the superior rusher and will lead the Dolphins in carries.