Miami Dolphins: New offense will help Ryan Tannehill


The new weapons on the offensive side of the ball will only help Ryan Tannehill. That said, the Miami Dolphins will benefit tremendously.

It’s been an interesting offseason for the Miami Dolphins. Whenever a defense, that was already a good one, adds a player like Ndamukong Suh, it’s clear that they’re making major moves to make a playoff push next season. With the addition of Suh, the Dolphins’ defense now becomes one of the bests in the league. That’s truly the type of player Suh is and the impact he can make on a defense.

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The Dolphins didn’t just make improvements to their defense. They needed to add better talent on the offensive side of the football to help out Ryan Tannehill. In the first three years of his career, Tannehill’s primary weapons were

Mike Wallace


Charles Clay

, and

Brian Hartline

. While Wallace has some skill as a deep-ball receiver, his experiment in Miami in coach Joe Philbin’s offense failed horribly.

In need of better talent on the offense, the Dolphins did a terrific job at adding talent across their offense. Not only did they bring in some offensive line help in versatile guard Jamil Douglas, they also added some talent in both free agency and through the draft.

In free agency, the Dolphins traded away Wallace, who was underperforming for the price he was getting paid. To add a veteran receiver to the group, the Dolphins added Greg Jennings. While the best of Jennings’ career is behind him, he still has the ability to dominate a few football games in the right scheme.

Also around the time of free agency, the Dolphins traded for vertical threat Kenny Stills. Dating back to his days with the Green Bay Packers, Philbin loves throwing the ball deep and Tannehill has that arm strength to take the top off the defense. However, with a receiver like Stills, the Dolphins now have a vertical receiving threat that can stretch the defense and open up holes for receivers running short to intermediate routes.

On top of adding a possession receiver in Jennings and a deep-ball guy in Stills, the Dolphins also added a reliable tight end in Jordan Cameron. Last year with the Cleveland Browns, Cameron’s season was cut short because of his injuries.

But in 2013, with quarterbacks like Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, and Brian Hoyer throwing him the football, Cameron caught 80 passes for 917 yards and a touchdown. With those quarterbacks throwing him the ball, it says a lot about Cameron and his ability to get open. With a quarterback like Tannehill, who is much better than the previous three quarterbacks, Cameron will have the chance to shine even more than he did in 2013.

And how could we forget about DeVante Parker? In the first round, the Dolphins added the Louisville product. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Parker is a bigger receiver, but he also has great speed to go with it. With Jarvis Landry coming into his second season, the Dolphins now have one of the best 1-2 young receiver duos in all of football.

Knowing all of these weapons, Tannehill has been put in the best position to succeed in 2015. These new weapons the Dolphins acquired will be huge for Tannehill and the offense. With the New England Patriots losing key players on both sides of the football and the Dolphins adding key players on both sids of the football, this may finally be the year where the Dolphins come out of the AFC East.

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