DAVIE—It doesn’t seem to matter who’s playing quarterback for the Dolphins. They all like Jarvis Landry.
The chemistry between Landry and Jay Cutler has been good, with Landry being his No. 1 target in the passing game. Between Cutler and Matt Moore, 28.7 percent of their attempts have gone his way.
“He’s a guy that I’d want to play with year-in, year-out,” Cutler said. “I think he’s a heck of a teammate. I think he plays extremely, extremely hard. He’s smart. He’s tough. When things break down, he’s going to make plays for you.
“Whenever you get in the fourth quarter, he wants the ball. He’s going to make plays for you. He’s got a lot of production in this offense. For him as kind of a slot guy, not playing outside as much as some of the other guys throughout the league, it’s a lot of balls. It’s a lot of production he has had here.”
Landry currently stands fourth in the NFL in catches with 80, trailing Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown by eight. He’s caught 65 percent of the passes thrown to him, is second on the team to Kenny Stills in receiving yards (699) and tied with Stills for the most total touchdowns (six).
He and Cutler had no prior experience when the Dolphins brought him in to replace Ryan Tannehill in training camp. Tannehill and Landry had a great connection, but it didn’t take long before he established similar rapport with Cutler.
“I think it’s just like with all quarterbacks, it’s just trust,” Landry said after practice today. “When the trust level is built, regardless of the situation, regardless of the defender or the play, you find a way to connect, and I think it’s been that way with Jay. Jay does a great job in the pocket moving around and extending plays and he gives all of us an opportunity to make plays down the field or in open field.
“A lot of times pre-snap, you know where the ball is going to go, where the ball’s going to end up and from there, it’s just Jay being on top of my body language, anticipating me and me knowing that he’s throwing the ball right out of my break and catching it, and from that point on, it’s on me.”
If that connection continues, Landry has a chance to top 100 catches for the first time since 2015, when he set the franchise record with 115, and hit 1,000 yards for the third straight year. To do that, he must average five receptions and 75.3 yards over the final four games.
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