It's a made-up honor, but it is nice to see two Miami Dolphins earn positions on the "Midseason All-Rookie Team" from NFL.com. The website's "Rookie Watch" series looks at all of the top rookies in the league each week. As we reach the halfway point of the season, however, they round up the top rookies at each position, building the All-Rookie class.
The Dolphins started their 2014 NFL Draft by selecting offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James. At the time, a lot of people called the move a reach by rookie general manager Dennis Hickey and that the Dolphins over paid for a right tackle. Since the selection, James has essentially locked down the right tackle position, has earned positive reviews, and now a spot on the All-Rookie Team at the midway point of the year. James takes the right tackle position, with Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin next to him, Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley in the middle, Clevelenad Browns guard Joel Bitonio on the left, and Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on the quarterback's blindside.
Joining James on the list from the Dolphins is second-round pick, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who cannot crack the top four players at his offensive position, but does make the list as a kick returner. Dolphins fans have been frustrated by Landry at times, particularly when he bobbles a return, but they may not have noticed one thing about the man who unseated veteran Marcus Thigpen this year. Landry leads the league in kickoff return yardage at 31.3 yards on 16 returns. He's only 22nd in punt returns, which is probably where some of that fan frustration enters the mix, but Landry is a danger when he gets the ball in his hands, especially on a kick return.
Midway through the season, the Dolphins have their top two draft choices represented on a list of the top rookies in the league. After two years of seeing entire draft classes essential redhsirt their rookie campaigns, it is really nice to see rookies actually playing, and contributing at such a high level.