The Miami Dolphins completely rebuilt their wide receiver corps this year, adding Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and DeVante Parker to the weapons list for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. It might be Jarvis Landry, who set a team record for rookie receptions last year, who comes out on top of the entire group, however. Landry, a second-year player out of LSU, has proven he can catch just about anything thrown near him, and will be looking to turn that rookie reception record into a team record this year, with the franchise's 90 receptions in a second mark in his sights.
Dolphins fans are high on Landry, who they believe could become the top weapon in the offense, and should pair with Parker for years to come as a dynamic receiving tandem. Outside of Miami, however, there is not a lot of notice of Landry, who is overshadowed by fellow LSU product Odell Beckham, Jr., in the highlights. According to Pro Football Focus, who released their Top 25 NFL Breakout Players for 2015 Saturday morning, Landry could be about to step out from that shadow and make a name for himself.
The PFF list starts with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who many expect to have a good year in the NFC North. The second spot on the list belongs to Landry, about whom PFF's Gordon McGuinness writes:
Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins get most of the hype from the 2014 wide receiver draft class, and for good reason, but Landry had a very good rookie season coming out of LSU in his own right. A dangerous weapon from the slot, he forced 11 missed tackles from 84 receptions.
The Dolphins will likely look to get the ball to Landry early and often this season, especially as Parker recovers from foot surgery, and Jennings, Stills, and tight end Jordan Cameron all settle into their roles in the offense. Landry should be able to make a run at the 100 reception mark this season, especially if Miami looks to spread the field with Jennings, Stills, and Parker, then used Landry underneath. That does not mean Landry cannot be used as a deep threat, but his ability as a slot receiver may be exactly the role Miami needs from him.
If everything goes right this year, Landry should be able to step out of Beckham's shadow and let the league know there are two young LSU receivers who can make noise at the NFL level.