One thing the Dolphins have been able to count on since 2014: Jarvis Landry getting open.
Regardless of who’s at quarterback or how much the offense is struggling, he’s continued to be one of the most high-volume receivers in the league during his four years with Miami. He was tied with Odell Beckham for most catches in the first three seasons of an NFL career and now holds that record alone.
Landry was leading the league with 61 receptions before Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown overtook him with 10 catches Thursday night to move to 70.
“I was getting after (Adam Gase) a little bit today,” Landry said after Friday’s practice. “I told him I need a couple of extra passes this week.”
Landry leads the team in yardage (472) and total touchdowns (five). He’s on track to threaten his own franchise record for most catches in a season, which is 110 in 2015. He had 84 as a rookie and 94 last year, putting him first, second and sixth on the all-time list.
His current pace has him at 109 catches, 838 yards and nine touchdowns for the season. The touchdown mark would be a new career high, but the yardage would be his lowest since 2014. He’s averaging a career-low 7.7 yards per catch, which is fourth on the team behind DeVante Parker (12.6), Kenny Stills (12.4) and Julius Thomas (10.4).
Still, this will likely be his third consecutive season at 90-plus catches despite Miami’s instability at quarterback with Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and Jay Cutler all starting multiple games during that time.
“My job is easy, just catch the ball no matter who’s throwing it to me,” Landry said. “It could be Adam throwing the ball for all I care. Honestly, Tannehill, Jay, these guys have been so easy to work with. They’ve been very much on the communication side with me just as far as what can I do to help them? I think that helps me get the ball more and I have no problem with that.”
Of Cutler and Moore’s 324 pass attempts this year, 30 percent have gone to Landry. When it was Tannehill and Moore last season, that number was at 27.5. No one else on the team has been higher than 18 percent either of the last two years.
There’s been an adjustment with each quarterback, and Cutler’s arrival presented the biggest challenge since they’d never worked together prior to him signing in August. Even among NFL quarterbacks, Cutler is known for his arm strength and velocity. Landry said he was accustomed to it after two days.
“You can simulate that on a JUGS machine and catch faster balls or balls that come in a little harder,” he said. “For me, it was just focusing on his release… The harder part is for him getting adjusted to our body language and things like that.”