NFL Network’s show NFL Total Access is announcing which team has the best group of pass catchers in the league tonight at 7pm ET. Their tweet about the announcement contained hashtags for five teams, none of which were the Dolphins. The Tampa Bucs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, New England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers were all represented in the tweet over Miami. While those teams do have a talented array of receivers, there’s an argument that can be made that the 2017 Dolphins could be even better than those teams.
Starting off with Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins already have a star pass catcher that strikes fear in opposing defenses. Landry’s 94 receptions and 1,136 yards receiving in 2016 placed him tenth in yards and tied for seventh in catches overall.
Kenny Stills also performed at a high-level in his first year in the Adam Gase offense. Although he only caught 42 balls for 726 yards, his scoring production far outpaced his competitors that also finished in the top ten of the league in touchdown caught. Stills nine touchdown receptions meant that he caught a scoring pass once every 4.67 times the ball was completed to him. The player with the closest ratio, Green Bay’s DaVante Adams, caught a touchdown pass every 6.25 receptions.
DeVante Parker overall performance makes him an ideal member of a dynamic trio of wide receivers. With the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator already going on record to say that Parker has the skills to be a No.1 receiver, all he needs to do is keep progressing from a solid 2016. Parker caught 56 passes for 744 and four touchdowns last year. If he can increase his production and consistency, he should be able to take that next step toward greatness.
Finally, the Dolphins have a number of wild cards that could step up to make the team’s pass catchers one of the most feared in the league. If tight end Julius Thomas returns to the form he had during prior stints with Adam Gase and young receivers Leonte Carroo and rookie Isaiah Ford step up, the Dolphins may indeed have the best group of pass catchers once the 2017 season ends.