NFL: Breaking Down the Latest Twitter Buzz About Miami Dolphins' Offseason

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NFL: Breaking Down the Latest Twitter Buzz About Miami Dolphins' Offseason
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Last season, the Miami Dolphins had a decent year, but they made headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Not only were the Dolphins in the middle of a serious bullying scandal, but they were unable to get a playoff-clinching win at the end of the season.

Fortunately for the Dolphins, this offseason has been very productive.  Even without a scandal, the Dolphins were able to create a buzz with a few of their new acquisitions.  

 

Jarvis Landry has been impressive

Last year, Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibson struggled at the slot receiver position due to inconsistency and injuries.  

In the 2014 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins tried addressing this problem by selecting Jarvis Landry in the second round.  It's early, but many are already impressed with Landry's strong hands and ability to make plays after the catch. 

Even his quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, has praised Landry for having "some of the strongest hands I've seen ever", according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Many writers and fans tend to read too much into OTAs, but Landry's strong hands were evident even back in his college days at LSU.  And he must have impressed the Dolphins because they already signed him to a four-year contract, according to ESPN.  

 

Knowshon Moreno is not in shape

Last year, Lamar Miller had an mediocre season for the Dolphins as their primary back, rushing for 703 yards and only two touchdowns.  The Dolphins tried boosting their running game by adding Knowshon Moreno, who is coming off a career year.  

In 2013, Moreno ran for 1,038 yards and racked up 10 touchdownsnot to mention his three receiving touchdowns as well.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins and their fans, Moreno has reportedly shown up to OTAs overweight. 

Miller hopes to take advantage of Moreno's offseason struggles and potentially earn another shot as the Dolphins' featured back.

After a few weeks of OTAs, many analysts and writers were starting to see improvements in Moreno's performance, but then it was reported that he is suffering from a "medical issue."

There's plenty of time until training camp and even more time until the preseason, so there's no need for Miami fans to panic.  

 

Ryan Tannehill looks like he is finally taking the next step

Tannehill's first two seasons as the Dolphins starting quarterback have been adequate.  His career total quarterback rating is 47.8 (according to ESPN), which is slightly below the average of 50.  

Even though his numbers are disappointing, it's fair to say his struggles have been due to his lack of weapons and protection.

In Tannehill's first year, his two best receivers were Brian Hartline and Davone Bess.  Hartline has proved to be a solid and dependable weapon, but Bess is 28 years oldpractically the prime of his careerand he's not even on a team at the moment.  

In Tannehill's second year, the Dolphins added Mike Wallace, a dangerous weapon who will keep any defensive coach sweating.  Even though Tannehill finally had a true No. 1 receiver, his offensive line was atrocious, and he was sacked a league-leading 58 times.  

This offseason, the Dolphins have added Landry to their receiving corps, and they added a few new pieces to their O-line.  With a new receiver and better protection, Tannehill is set to have a breakout year.

Many reports from OTAs have stated that Tannehill has looked very impressive.

There are also reports that Tannehill has tried becoming a more of a vocal leader.  

If the Dolphins want Tannehill to become their franchise quarterback, they'll need their new acquisitions to step up and do their jobs.

 

 

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