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The Miami Dolphins passing game is going to look a lot different in 2015 after a major overhaul to the receiving corps by the front office.
Gone are Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and tight end Charles Clay. In their place are Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, 1st round pick DeVante Parker and tight end Jordan Cameron. Only Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews are returning.
The Dolphins are entering their second year under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The offense certainly looked improved in his first year in Miami but now with all the personnel changes, expectations are even greater.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is entering his fourth season in the NFL and he has improved each season so far, but took a big step forward under Lazor in 2014.
With new pass-catching options that better match the style of offense that Lazor wants Tannehill to run, it seems that the sky is the limit for the soon-to-be 27-year-old QB (his birthday is July 27th, two days before training camp begins).
Landry, Miami’s lone returning starter, may only be entering his second year in the league but he already seems to have a firm grasp on the Dolphins recent history and knows how important it is for the team to break their playoff drought.
“As the Dolphins, we’ve always been known as a .500 team,” Landry said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Can’t get over the hump. Can’t make the playoffs. As many weapons as we can add, I’m really appreciative of it because it allows us to be that much more successful.”
It’s true, the Dolphins are running out of excuses. The team they’ve built for the upcoming season is the most talented roster that head coach Joe Philbin has had to work with since coming to Miami in 2012.
While Miami added several talented new players to go along with the guys that have been here, improving and developing over the past few years, the front office and coaching staff has had the luxury to bring in players that are not only good but also fit into the mold and schemes that Philbin and his staff want to run.
Will that be enough to get them over the top and back into the playoffs?
Training camp beings next week so the answers are coming, and while fans are surely hesitant to think that the upcoming season will be any different than the past decade, the collection of players that will take the field in Davie wearing aqua and orange is certainly good enough to bring winning football back to South Florida.
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