Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry got off to a faster start to this career than any other receiver in team history, setting a new rookie record with 84 receptions. His performance in 2014 placed him just six receptions behind the all-time team record for receptions in a year, a total O.J. McDuffie has held since he caught 90 passes in 1998. Landry now comes into his second year as the longest tenured starting receiver on the team, having watched Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson all leave South Florida and Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and rookie DeVante Parker all join the squad.
Landry is looking to get better as he heads into his second season, potentially to make a run at that 90-reception mark, and he is doing it by working out with another Dolphins great. Drafted in the second round of the 2001 Draft, Chris Chambers rank in the top five all time in team history in receptions (405 - fifth), yards (5,688 - fourth), and touchdowns (43 - fourth). He was selected to the 2005 Pro Bowl, and now is mentoring Landry.
"He just continues to work," Chambers told the Dolphins radio team this week. "He actually came over to (The Chamber- Chris' fitness facility), and I got a chance to work with him a little bit and be able to put my hands on him for a few weeks, and he's really into it. A lot of guys right now, they're on vacation for another couple weeks until after the 4th (of July), and then guys will crank it up. He's already training, getting ready for this season."
Landry putting in the time to build on a great rookie campaign is a great sign for the Dolphins and for Dolphins fans. Players typically have a down second season in the NFL, being hit by a "sophomore jinx." Landry looks like he is trying hard to avoid that, and is setting himself up to be a leader among the receivers.