DAVIE — Jarvis Landry was Ryan Tannehill’s most popular target over the last few years, and seeing him go to Cleveland in the offseason couldn’t have been fun for the quarterback.
In four years with the Dolphins, all but last season being with Tannehill, Landry piled up 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns on 400 catches. No player in NFL history has caught that many passes in his first four seasons, and Landry was always Tannehill’s emergency option.
From 2014 through ’16, he was targeted a team-high 409 times, and last year’s quarterbacks threw 161 of their 602 attempts (27 percent) his way.
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“Losing Jarvis is tough,” Tannehill said today. “He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s one of the most competitive guys on the football field. He loves the game. He loves playing. He loves competing. He loves winning. I think everyone saw that.
“Obviously he’s not the easiest guy to replace and he’s tough to replace, but I’m really excited about the guys that we brought in. I think we’ve brought in veteran guys, guys that have played at high levels, guys that have played for championships and can really help us.”
While the Dolphins still have Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, they’ve replaced Landry with the duo of up-and-comer Albert Wilson and veteran Danny Amendola. They combined to go for 103 receptions, 1,213 yards and five touchdowns last year with Kansas City and New England, respectively.
Tannehill referred to that receiver group as “stacked” and said he’s confident in the weapons around him.
Miami also has running back Kenyan Drake looking like he’s poised for a breakout season and some potential sparks in the draft class. Mike Gesicki, a second-rounder out of Penn State, presents the best threat the offense has had at tight end in years, and running back Kalen Ballage was electric in college.
Of the receivers, Tannehill’s gotten extensive work with Amendola this year. They did some passing workouts away from the facility in March, and Tannehill found that he lived up to his reputation as a worker.
“That’s the first thing that impressed me is just how hard he works day in and day out,” he said. “He’ll just keep going, keep going, keep going and he’ll never question, look tired or anything. He just keeps going. He’s been a lot of fun to play with so far and we just have to keep building that relationship and get fully on the same page.”
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