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.
Nice reception from Jarvis Landry. Stopped on a dime to change directions. Potential for YAC.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) June 18, 2014
Even his quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, has praised Landry for having "some of the strongest hands I've seen ever", according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Nice job going to one knee for catch by WR Jarvis Landry. Kid looks good.— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) June 18, 2014
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 touchdowns—not to mention his three receiving touchdowns as well.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins and their fans, Moreno has reportedly shown up to OTAs overweight.
Knowshon Moreno admits he's not in shape http://t.co/7leSmZJcf4— rotoworld (@rotoworld) June 13, 2014
Miller hopes to take advantage of Moreno's offseason struggles and potentially earn another shot as the Dolphins' featured back.
BTW, Lamar Miller is still the #Dolphins' first-team RB. It looks to stay that way heading into training camp.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) June 17, 2014
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 old—practically the prime of his career—and 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.
Ryan Tannehill likes what he sees from Dolphins' new offense http://t.co/8uue6jn4vk— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) June 18, 2014
Many reports from OTAs have stated that Tannehill has looked very impressive.
Philbin on Ryan Tannehill: "I think his understanding and knowledge of the system is very good...I'm pleased with his development."— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) June 17, 2014
There are also reports that Tannehill has tried becoming a more of a vocal leader.
Plenty of first impressions from Mini Camp: Leading the way is Ryan Tannehill's maturity and leadership. Really seems to get it now.— Andy Cohen (@ACohenFins) June 17, 2014
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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