When Ryan Tannehill returns in 2018, he will no longer have his #1 wide receiver to throw to. Jarvis Landry, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns for a 2018 fourth round pick and 2019 fifth round pick, will now catch passes for the Dog Pound next season. This leaves a major void in the receiving group in Miami, which features returning players DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills next season. Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier added some pieces to this group on the first day of free agency. Welcome newcomers, Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola, to the Dolphins.
Wilson had his best season as a pro last season for the Chiefs; he hauled in 42 passes for 554 yards and three touchdowns. The speedster was a solid #4 option in Kansas City last year, behind pro bowlers Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Kareem Hunt. The other signee, Amendola, comes in as the veteran of the group. Entering his 10th season in the league, the slot wide out from New England is the perfect candidate to take on a “Landry-like” role in the passing game.
Amendola will take a hit on his value, because going from future Hall of Famer Tom Brady to Tannehill will hurt his floor in 2018. But with the potential to be the intermediate route runner in this offense could pay dividends. Depending on how many games Amendola plays, it’s realistic to see the former Patriot receive 6 or more targets a game. Last season, he equaled or surpassed that total 7 out of 15 games played.
On the other side, Wilson has some sneaky potential in 2018. During Tannehill’s last two seasons (2016 and 2015), the Dolphins averaged the ninth and tenth-most passes over 25 yards. This aggressiveness to go down the field plays right into Wilson’s skill set. Also, the potential for more targets in this offense, compared to the Chiefs passing game, should benefit Wilson as well, especially since Landry’s 161 targets from 2017 are now up for grabs.
All things considered, the Dolphins passing game will be up wide open in 2018. Parker still hasn’t reached his full potential yet and Stills has been up and down the last three seasons in Miami. So the opportunity is there for any wide receiver to make an impact this year.