Rookie Receiver Landry Emerging For Dolphins
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DAVIE (AP) — With three veterans in the Miami Dolphins' wide receiver unit, rookie Jarvis Landry has been emerging in the past month.
Landry leads the team with 49 receptions and has been the most productive wideout recently with 24 receptions, 195 yards and four touchdowns in the last four games.
"I have a lot of confidence in Jarvis," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "He's a playmaker. ... Once you get the ball in his hands, it's a chance of a touchdown every single time."
In addition to Landry's production, the former second-round pick out of LSU also leads the team with 32 targets during the stretch and credits the older receivers — Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson — for his development.
"I've learned from (Brandon Gibson), I learned from Mike, I've learned from Brian," Landry said. "I think from the other guys, it has just been picking their brain, not more of a physical thing, but more of a mental thing. As far as practice, just showing me how to practice, just showing me how to take care of my body and stuff like that has definitely been helpful."
Wallace leads the Dolphins (6-5) with 592 receiving yards and seven touchdowns and trails Landry by one catch heading into Monday night's game at the New York Jets (2-9).
With Wallace and Landry leading the way, the other receivers are looking for more production as the Dolphins rank 23rd in passing yards per game at 220.6. Hartline came into the year with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, but is well off the pace to make it three straight with 360 yards, Gibson has added 165, and Rishard Matthews has 106 to round out the group.
"It's kind of hard to keep everybody happy," Wallace said. "I don't think nobody's going to be really happy, honestly, just because we have so many guys that it's hard just to get off how you want to. But we appreciate having a deep receiving corps and appreciate having the guys that can play and anybody can step in. I'm happy with our corps. I love our corps. I love everybody in it. It's fun, exciting guys and playmakers. It's great."
Overall, coach Joe Philbin has been pleased with the play of the wideouts in recent weeks.
"I think we've been catching the ball relatively well and contributing in a positive manner," Philbin said. "There's still room for improvement there, but I like the group."
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