ATLANTA—For all the chaos the Dolphins have faced over the past two seasons, one guy they can always count on is Jarvis Landry. Miami’s had three starting quarterbacks in two years, and the common threat is all of them trust Landry.
Jay Cutler is seeing what Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore learned before he got here, that the best throw he can make is usually one to Landry. Granted he’s had some trouble with drops the last two weeks, but he turned up again today with eight catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Of Cutler’s 33 pass attempts, he targeted Landry 14 times. He accounted for eight of Cutler’s 19 completions.
“He’s just a football player,” Cutler said. “He has a high football IQ, tough as nails, competitor, wants the ball on the play. You know he sees those third- and fourth-down plays, he’s going to get a catch and he’s going to get more. He’s going to attack the defense.”
Cutler’s inclination to throw Landry’s way Sunday tracked along his season numbers. Nearly 35 percent of Cutler’s throws have gone to him.
DeVante Parker, who leads the team in yardage, was out with an ankle injury.
Cutler threw to Landry four times on third downs against Atlanta and converted two of them. He also hit him on a seven-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter in which Landry fooled the defense by faking as though he was running behind the line from the left side to the right, then cutting back into a sea of open space for the catch.
Landry now has 38 catches, which puts him on pace for 121. That would break his career-high and franchise record of 110.
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