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Thread: Spotlight on Stills in 2017

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    Spotlight on Stills in 2017

    Taken mostly from a Fin-siders article,

    Dolphins have one of the deepest, most talented wide receiving corps in the NFL. That fact is undisputed. They boast not only one of the gameís best slot receivers in Jarvis Landry, as well as breakout candidate DeVante Parker, and productive deep threat Kenny Stills... This leaves us with an obvious question: which of these receivers will hold the most importance in Miamiís offense in 2017?

    The quick and easy answer would be the man who has held that title for the past three seasons: Landry himself. However, last year proved that other pass catchers can play big roles in this offense. Tannehillís deep ball accuracy finally improved after years of flailing downfield pass attempts, providing the opening for explosive plays from Parker and Stills. After Stills recorded 9 touchdowns last year, teams can no longer simply blanket the underneath routes.

    His long touchdowns against the Bills, Chargers, 49ers, Cardinals, and Jets were the products of throws that weíve seen Tannehill attempt countless times over the past five years, yet only last season did they actually connect. A large part of that success can be attributed to the rapport that Stills built up with his QB. Stills completes Miamiís receiving unit and he complements the other weapons on this offense better than any deep threat the Dolphins have had over the past decade.

    The Dolphins clearly understand Stillsí value too. Otherwise, the team would not have rewarded his production with a four-year $32 million contract this offseason... The simple truth is that no one on the Dolphins, not even Parker, can provide the same field stretching acumen that Stills possesses.

    Parker is the biggest wildcard in this equation. While the 2015 first round pick made some big plays last season, his level of production was not what one would envision of a teamís #1 receiver. Thatís why Gase and the rest of the coaching staff are expecting Parker to be, given his draft pedigree and obvious athletic talent. Go watch Parkerís toe-tap touchdown against the Ravens, his TD catch against the Browns, and his game-sealing score against the Rams, and youíll get a glimpse of that talent. This season, the Dolphins organization and fans alike are ready to see more.

    That leaves Landry, the face of the franchise, the heart and soul of the team, and most importantly, Tannehillís favorite target over the past three seasons. When it comes to leadership, attitude, and spirit, there is no questioning that Landry is the most important wide receiver, and possibly overall player, on the Dolphins. The rest of the team feeds off of his energy, and it shows on game day. But that does not necessarily mean that Landry is far and away the most important receiver on the field when it comes to marching the offense from endzone to endzone. His role in clutch moments is undeniable. We all know that Tannehill is most comfortable looking his way on key third down conversions or when heís under pressure. But Landry, despite how talented and fearsome he may be, doesn't provide the wins alone.

    Stills might record the most touchdowns, Landry might haul in the most receptions, and Parker might come away with the most yards, but each one complements the other. Look at last season and the big D cannot be ignored. It might spell the difference again this time, but without Vance Joseph's coaching we just don't know.

    Here's what we do know. The stats say the Fins should have been a 20-something ranked team. Opponents made 349 first down conversions to the Fins' 278, they made 86 3rd or 4th-down conversions compared to only 69. Yardage-wise, they were both out-rushed and out-passed, and were 3 minutes behind in TOP. Only a disruptive defense, the performance of the three WR's and Matt Moore, and general coaching acumen gave them any playoff shot.

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    For years we've been lectured the NFL is a passing game when it's always been a passing game. Norm Van Brocklin? Hadl? Now we're seeing guys pass for 4,000 yds like it's expected,...and it is expected today. As usual it takes time even for a speed burner to get up field and pass protection for a pocket passer will mean something.

    Oh one other thing,...I've noted there are lots of seriously talented WR corps on lots of teams. Not to diminish the Dolphins WR corps just sayin' it's a different game than it was say, 5 years ago.

    Additional,...from profootball rumors,...Will the Packers keep seven receivers on their roster for a second-straight season? “I’d like to think we’ve got more than seven guys there who can play,” receivers*coach Luke Getsy said today (via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky on Twitter). Behind starters Jordy Nelson,*Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb, the Packers are rostering wideouts*Jeff Janis,*DeAngelo Yancey,*Geronimo Allison,*Trevor Davis,*Malachi Dupre, and*Max McCaffrey.

    It's gonna be a wild, wide ass open season and let's hope the Dolphins bunch do some hurt to the Brady bunch.
    Last edited by Penumbra; 06-14-2017 at 03:25 PM. Reason: Additional

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