The organization has made an admirable effort to surround Cam Newton with quality receivers. Kelvin Benjamin was drafted in 2014 in the first round, grabbed Devin Funchess with their second round pick in 2015, and did their best to fill in the rest of the gaps along the way. With that being said, there may be an interesting scenario involving a fellow receiver from the 2014 draft class becoming a free agent after this season…and that is Jarvis Landry. Currently, there have been no extension talks between the Dolphins and Landry, and the star receiver could be on his way out, and hopefully ushered through the doors of the Carolina Panthers organization.
First and foremost, if you have never really seen Jarvis Landry play, watch his highlights. They can be when he’s in the NFL, from LSU, or even peewee if you can find it, but go watch what he can do. He often draws comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr. with his speed, agility, and some of the best hands in football, but also because they were teammates at LSU and happen to be best friends. They also share the record for most receptions in the first three years of their career and are tied at 288.
So why don’t the Dolphins want to sign him to a new deal? It’s not for certain that they don’t, however there have been no reports of such talk of retaining their number one receiver. One theory is that Devante Parker, their 2015 first round draft pick, may finally play up to his expectations and therefore, want to build around Parker as their number one guy. If this is truly the case, the Dolphins need some serious guidance, and the rest of the 31 teams will happily lineup as suitors.
Coming in at five foot, eleven inches tall and 205 pounds, he’s a smaller frame than your typical, ideal receiver, but with that he is able to maneuver and dominate with any amount of space, similar to Antonio Brown and Julian Edelman. This style of play and sure hands is exactly what the Panthers need, especially since they ranked 11th in most dropped passes in the league last year. The two towers scheme in Benjamin and Funchess is a good idea, but that speedster, open-field master is the true compliment that Newton needs, and what will ultimately allow the two towers to really be used effectively. Of course some may argue that McCaffrey and Samuel provide that to the team, and that may be true, however Landry is too productive and reliable not to pursue. Plus, Landry could end up being the true number one receiver on the team if Benjamin does not prove himself by the end of his current contract. Of course, this entire scenario is contingent upon Miami not coming to their senses within the next year, but if and when they don’t, Carolina could add a young, explosive talent to their wide receiver corps.
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