Dolphins: Jarvis Landry inspires offense
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been a revelation this season. The second round pick out of LSU has really carried the receiving load as of late, helping transform the Dolphins 26th ranked scoring offense from 2013, into the 10th ranked unit in 2014, improving from 19.8 points per game to 25.1.
Since entering the starting line-up in Week 6, Landry has recorded a +5.9 receiving grade and firmly established himself as a key part of this Dolphins offense. He’s become the number one target for Ryan Tannehill, being targeted on 25.7% the team’s passes, the 10th biggest mark of any qualifying receiver in that time frame. Despite that high volume of targets, Landry hasn’t dropped a single pass since becoming a starter, and his 3.39 Drop Rate for the season is eighth-best among qualifying receivers.
Landry has been particularly effective from the slot, using his quickness and route-running abilities to shake defenders in the open field. His 80.4% catch rate from the Slot is third-best in the NFL since Week 6, allowing him to rack up four touchdowns on 37 catches. In offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s quick-hitting scheme, Landry’s ability to get open quick and bring in tough catches has been invaluable.