For a quarterback, the most important asset at their disposal is usually their offensive line. It can also be their greatest weakness, as the past three seasons have shown. But a quarterback also needs efficient weapons, which came to a head when Seahawks QB Russell Wilson struggled to make things happen in the Super Bowl with his sub-par receivers.
This offseason's mission seemed to be to revamp the wide receiving corps and bring in weapons that would be able to help quarterback Ryan Tannehill make things happen during the season, and it would appear the Miami Dolphins did an excellent job, as they drafted Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker, and brought in veteran receivers Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills.
Recently, the fourth-year quarterback came out and said that he felt that this was the most talented wide receiver corps he's ever had, and he spoke about the new faces on the team and the skills they bring to the roster.
"It's been great, I think we're getting better each and everyday," Tannehill told TheFinsiders' John Congemi at his Football ProCamp, "You get Greg, a savvy veteran, he's a route-runner, it's unbelievable the way he can break corners down just with his route-running, his savviness of how to get guys leaning."
Jennings was passed over by the Dolphins a few years back in favor of Mike Wallace, who now ironically enough is in Minnesota where Jennings was signed when Miami signed Wallace. Jennings, who will be 32 near the end of September, is considered to be a better fit for Tannehill's skill set as he has better hands and is a very QB friendly receiver. Based on Tannehill's comments, those evaluations are correct.
Tannehill also had good things to say about former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills, who despite entering his third season in the NFL, is only 23 years old and is still developing into a better receiver.
"He's a smooth guy," Tannehill said, "He's really gonna stretch the field vertically for us."
Wallace's job while in Miami was essentially the same thing Stills is now being tasked with: stretching the field. But while Wallace had more pure speed, Stills is a more rounded guy and has better route-running capabilities and in some cases, better overall hands and YAC ability.
Stills had stated before that he didn't view himself as being Wallace's replacement since he also could brag having sub-4.4 speed with a 4.38 40-yard dash, but even if he doesn't view himself as Wallace's replacement, he'll likely wind up being used as such as the season wears on. However, thanks to his versatility, he also won't have to be limited to running 9-routes.
The whole wide receiver corps, on paper at least, is now a perfect fit for what Bill Lazor's offense is meant to accomplish and is now meant to emphasize Tannehill's strengths and mask his weaknesses, which is the one thing Dolphins fans have been wanting for a very long time. They all have similarities, but they also have their own specific strength that will be key to the Dolphins finally getting over the hump and making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
"I think all the guys we have now are different." Tannehill said, "They're all different in the aspect of they all bring something new to the table."
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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