Having Brandon Marshall on the team should open up opportunities for our other receivers. They will be more open and have higher yards/catch this season. A couple of weeks ago Dave.Phuller posted an excellent article Feed the Beast: Brandon Marshall's Impact on the Miami Offense where he projected Marshall's effect on the Dolphins. Some of the points he made included:
- Ronnie and Ricky will run up the middle early and often,
- Shotgun and lone-setback formations will be more prevalent than in the previous year,
- Three-receiver sets and single tight end sets will be far more prevalent this year, and
- The Dolphins have one of the strongest third/fourth-down receiving tandem in the league.
So it got me to thinking who is going to get fewer passes this year, if any?
The Dolphins attempted to throw it 545 times last year, including sacks, spikes, etc. Will we throw it more at the expense of the running game? If our offense is better and we are scoring more, we could be throwing less later in games as we are handing off to burn time off the clock. Similarly, if our defense is better, there will be less pressure to pass and score. Dan Henning likes to spread it around, but as Dave.Phuller pointed out, Henning also knows how to feed the beast.
So how many passes do you think the Dolphins will throw this year? And specifically, who do you think will get thrown at less this year if any, including the tight ends and running backs, and why? And how many receptions do you think they will have this year? We can give Marshall all of Ginn's "thrown ats" but that still leaves up to 76 passes that have to come from somewhere, unless you think we will throw more and Ronnie and Ricky will used less this year.
To help with the discussion, here are the receiving stats from last year: