The Dolphins had a revelation last year. This came in the form of running back Jay Ajayi. His coming out party came week five against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He ran the ball 25 times for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His 8.2 yards per carry wasn’t bad at all. He followed that up with another 200 yard game against the Bills a week later and 111 yards against the Jets. After that, he was rather pedestrian until the Dolphins played the Bills again and he proceeded to remind everyone that he was still a player to pay attention to as he posted another 200-yard game. 57 percent of his yards game during these four games, which isn’t ideal, but it does show that he has the potential to take over games and is more than qualified to be a feature back in the league.
Fortunately, Ajayi isn’t the only offensive talent of the Dolphins. Miami also has Pro Bowl receiver, Jarvis Landry. In both 2016 and 2015, Laundry was able to bring in more than 1,000 yards and finished with 94 and 110 receptions respectively. He has also been the team’s punt returner, adding to his value and allowing him to showcase his versatility.
The receiving corps will also feature young talents like Kenny Stills and Devante Parker. Stills was able to average 17.3 yards per reception and take 9 of those to the house for scores. His receiving average suggests that he is a legitimate threat to take the top off of the defense every time he steps on the field. Parker, on the other hand, has great size and potential. He improved significantly from his rookie year to last season and should continue to benefit from a solid run game and if he can improve on capitalizing on catching the ball more when it is thrown his way (56 receptions on 90 targets) his numbers and impact should rise as well.
Julius Thomas was also added to the roster. He should benefit from having a talented running back and receiver corp surrounding him. His time in Jacksonville is forgettable, and if he can bounce back with a performance similar to his last year in Denver or first season in Jacksonville, he should help significantly.
There is plenty to be hyped about in Miami. If the defense is able to meet expectations and Tannehill has the breakout performance some are expecting from him, expect to see the Dolphins back in the postseason in 2017.