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How Jarvis Landry can help the Dolphins offense

It might have been a bit of surprise when the Miami Dolphins selected LSU receiver Jarvis Landry in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The team already has Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews on their roster. While the Dolphins are loaded at receiver, Landry brings a different dynamic to the Dolphins offense.

Landry led the LSU Tigers with 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013. Of those 77 catches, 62 went for first downs.

Landry is a smooth route runner that won’t slow down in his breaks. He can also make some spectacular and acrobatic catches.

The second team All-SEC receiver has good patience and plays well off defenders to create room to make catches. Landry doesn’t have great speed, but he uses his good hands and high jumping ability to grab a lot of 50-50 balls. His specialty is getting open on underneath routes and attacking the soft zones in coverage.

Landry is a tough receiver in coverage and consistently shows the ability to win in contested situations with defensive backs. While teammate Odell Beckham received more hype during the draft, Landry was just as good at LSU. Landry will have a solid pro career because of his large, reliable hands and natural build and athleticism to catch the football and do something after he catches the ball.

Landry isn’t like a lot of receivers that aren’t willing to block down the field. There were a number of plays at LSU where you can find him blocking downfield for Beckham and other LSU players. Landry loves to compete and it shows on game tape.

A lot of scouts have compared him to Eric Decker. While Landry isn’t as tall as Decker, his hands are more reliable and he probably has more toughness than Decker.

So why did Landry slide to the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft?

He’s only 5’11, and ran a 4.77 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. While Landry ran faster at the LSU pro day (4.6), he will never be considered a burner.

I’m not one of those combine guys that measures what happens when a guy runs in shorts.  Landry finished his college career as one of the most productive wide receivers in LSU history with 137 catches for 1,809 yards and 15 touchdowns. I think that says a lot more than what he did at the combine.

With Wallace, Hartline and Gibson on the roster, Landry won’t be expected to a starter right away. With his skill sets and excellent route running, there is no reason to think Landry won’t productive in the Miami Dolphins offense in 2014 and years to come.

 

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