Ryan Tannehill Fantasy News

Dolphins Beat: Jarvis Landry could double his touchdown total

Friday, August 28, 2015, 2:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer James Walker: I expect second-year receiver Jarvis Landry to do a lot of damage in the red zone. He had only five touchdowns in 2014, but I wouldn't be surprised if that number doubles this season. Landry runs precise routes, has the best hands on the team and the trust of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. With so many new receivers, I expect Tannehill to stick to what's most familiar (Landry) on “money” plays such as third down and in the red zone, especially early in the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so unless his touchdown rate increases, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62% of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 22nd WR off the board in PPR drafts.

Dolphins Beat: Jarvis Landry 'clearly' the go-to receiver

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 3:23pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry caught 84 passes to lead the team in receptions as a rookie in 2014. He is clearly quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s go-to receiver, so there are questions whether he might eclipse the team record of 90 catches in one season.

Except Landry doesn’t seem to care about any team record except the wins and losses.

“Honestly, the focus right now is on winning,” he said. “Things like [the catch record] come. But It’s about this team. It’s about overcoming I wouldn’t say a couple of bad years but it’s about overcoming what the Dolphins standards are and redefining them.”

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should still expand. He only played 62% of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.

Ryan Tannehill hopes to improve on deep throws

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 6:49pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

QB Ryan Tannehill stood in the Miami Dolphins' practice bubble Tuesday lobbing a succession of 35-yard passes, hitting each receiver in stride and making it look easy.

It's not.

A controlled-climate atmosphere with no pass rush, no secondary and receivers running at half speed isn't quite the same as going deep in New England in December. So we won't know for a while whether Tannehill has improved his accuracy on long passes, a glaring weakness in his first three NFL seasons.

But two weeks into training camp, Tannehill senses progress.

"Not only am I better at it, but our receivers are doing a great job of adjusting to the football and making plays on it when it's in the air," he said. "I'm excited about that and the potential that we have. It's something that's going to be a factor for us."

To support his contention, Tannehill's success rate on deep throws in practice has been higher than in past years. He caused a stir Sunday with three long completions during team drills.
A breakthrough? Nah, veteran receiver Greg Jennings said.

"You can't put so much into it," Jennings said. "I'd love to say we're going to complete deep balls this year at a high percentage. But none of this now means anything if we can't translate it into games."

Fantasy Impact:

While Tannehill has steadily improved overall since he became a starter as a rookie in 2012, his grade on throwing long remains incomplete. Last year he connected on 24 percent of his passes thrown more than 20 yards (10 for 41), which was even worse than his career figure of 27 percent. Aaron Rodgers, by comparison, hit 51 percent last year (20 for 39). In 2014, Tannehill threw one touchdown pass that traveled more than 20 yards in the air. Andrew Luck threw 11 and Rodgers nine. Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo threw eight each, the story said. A revamped group of WRs should also help Tannehill improve, which will make fantasy owners happy.

Dolphins Beat: Ryan Tannehill has 'improved his touch dramatically' on his deep ball

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:08pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, who struggled with the deep ball throughout camp last year, has improved his touch dramatically. He completed two more vertical throws today, including a 50-yarder to Rishard Matthews, who beat Louis Delmas.

Fantasy Impact:

This bodes well for all the Dolphins receivers and Tannehill himself. A good deep ball has been the one glaring deficiency in Tannehill's game thus far. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace and let Charles Clay walk, but that group (along with the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to more than offset those losses. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Lazor: Miami offense will go 'as fast as Ryan Tannehill can go'

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:00pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

OC Bill Lazor, who took over play-calling duties last year and elevated Miami’s offense to 11th in the NFL at 24.3 points per game.

He oversaw a faster offense that made space for playmakers and took advantage of mismatches.

But he could do only so much with the personnel he inherited. This season, the Dolphins have brought in bigger red-zone threats in 6-foot-5 tight end Jordan Cameron and 6-3 rookie receiver DeVante Parker, who is recovering from foot surgery.

They traded for receiver Kenny Stills, who replaces Mike Wallace as the team’s deep threat but is a stronger route runner. They also signed veteran Greg Jennings, a former Pro Bowl receiver.

It’s a lot of new faces for Lazor, but he said it all starts with his quarterback and center, who already have a year of experience in the offense.

“We’re gonna go as fast as Ryan Tannehill and Mike Pouncey can go,” Lazor said. “The other guys got to keep up.”

Fantasy Impact:

Expectations are high for the Miami offense but a lot will depend on the offensive line too the story said. Like the Eagles, the team wants to move fast at times and the hope for them is Tannehill now has the weapons around him. Tannehill comes in 10th on our QB list this year so fantasy expectations are high too. He's among a tier of QBs owners who wait on the position will be thinking about when it comes to the mid-to-late rounds. His ADP is the ninth for 12 team leagues.

Philbin: New WRs better fit for Ryan Tannehill

Monday, July 27, 2015, 1:28pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Miami Dolphins overhauled their wide receiver group this offseason, with the exception of promising second-year player, Jarvis Landry. Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson are all out of Miami, and have been "replaced" by Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, and DeVante Parker.

Three new receivers, three better fits for Ryan Tannehill, according to head coach Joe Philbin. He is confident the trio of Jennings, Stills, and Parker are better for Tannehill than the previous trio of Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson.

"I do think it’s a better skill set to match [Tannehill]," Philbin told the Palm Beach Post.

Fantasy Impact:

As expected, first-round pick DeVante Parker should be a big part of the offense this season. Philbin had great things to say about Stills' speed and called Parker and Jennings QB-friendly guys. A combination of these three receivers, plus Landry, the story said, should give Tannehill the weapons he needs. Add in newly-acquired tight end Jordan Cameron and the Dolphins look like a dangerous offense. As a result, Tannehill finds himself ranked 10th on our QB list. If he can produce QB1 numbers, he could be a real steal with an ADP of the ninth round in 12-team leagues.

Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry working on straight line speed

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 11:44pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

While most NFL players are vacationing this month, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry and his buddy and former LSU teammate, Odell Beckham Jr. (the NFL offensive Rookie of the Year) are pushing themselves through grueling morning workout at well-regarded trainer Pete Bommarito’s Performance Systems facility in Davie.

Landry is determined to improve his speed to prove he’s more than a slot receiver.

Is his speed better? “Absolutely,” Landry said this week. “I can’t wait to show it.”

Landry flashed that explosiveness when he caught a deep ball from Ryan Tannehill during the Dolphins’ minicamp last month.

“You can see the difference with Jarvis,” Bommarito said. “There’s a difference between straight line speed and football speed. He’s excelled at both.”

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62% of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 4:39pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Giants QB Eli Manning, 34, signed a six-year, $97 million deal with the Giants in 2009. It's been re-worked frequently to create salary-cap room but Manning's still on the same deal. It expires after the 2015 season.

Despite his age and despite his propensity for throwing picks (he's led the league three times, including 2013), Manning has two Super Bowl MVP awards and certainly qualifies as a top-end quarterback.

Fantasy Impact:

From a fantasy perspective, Manning had one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2014, throwing for 4,410 yards with 30 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions. That he did it in a new offensive scheme is only more impressive. It was a rough start for the Giants but the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr at WR certainly helped turn around the offense. WR Victor Cruz should be back healthy and the team signed Shane Vereen as a pass-catching running back. The point of the story is more times than not, QBs tend to get deals done with their current team, so there's a good chance Manning stays in New York - and he has the potential for a nice 2015. He's ranked ninth on our QB list heading into camps. With an ADP of the 12th round, he's a potential sneaky pick because guys behind him in our rankings - Tony Romo, Ryan Tannehill, Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford - all project to come off the board before Manning.

Dolphins Beat: 'Even the deep throws are improved' for QB Ryan Tannehill

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:39pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins players have been effusive about how Ryan Tannehill has looked all offseason. Even the deep throws are improved. “Ryan is way better than last year and more of a leader,” tight end Dion Sims said.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace and let Charles Clay walk, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to more than offset those losses. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill 'has played well' throughout OTAs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:10pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was as good as a $96 million player could be in Wednesday's minicamp practice. He threw seven touchdowns and no interceptions, made good decisions, threw accurate passes, showed good footwork and pocket presence.

Tannehill, who received a lucrative contract extension in the offseason, has played well throughout the offseason program, and Wednesday was one of his best practices. Tannehill, frequently criticized for his inability to throw deep, even connected with wide receiver Jarvis Landry on a beautifully thrown 45-yard touchdown pass. He later hooked up with veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

"I feel really comfortable in this offense right now in the sense of knowing exactly where everyone is supposed to be," Tannehill said, "and being more of a coach on the field this year as opposed to trying to learn the whole system with everyone else like I did last year."

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace and let Charles Clay walk, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to more than offset those losses. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker underwent foot surgery on Friday

Friday, June 5, 2015, 12:57pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Per a team source, DeVante Parker underwent foot surgery this morning. As is always the case when NFL players go under the knife, the surgery was a success. He’s expected to be ready to go for Week One in September.

It’s unclear how or when the injury occurred. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the surgery was performed as a precaution, and that the injury wouldn’t have kept Parker from playing this week, if it had happened in the regular season.

It’s also unclear whether and to what extent Parker will participate in training camp and the preseason. He’s definitely done for the rest of the offseason program. While he’s expected to be ready for Week One, his readiness for the rest of the work that comes before Week One could influence how effective he’ll be as a rookie.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a big blow to Parker's fantasy stock even though he's "expected" to be ready Week 1. As a rookie, he needs the practice reps to learn the offense, build a rapport with Ryan Tannehill and beat out Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings. He could come back strong a la Odell Beckham, but holding him to that sort of standard is probably a bad idea.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker 'catching everything' at practice

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:21pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Praise popped up for Dolphins WR DeVante Parker on Twitter throughout the team’s practice session. Afterward, quarterback Ryan Tannehill added his two cents.

“DeVante was great today,” Tannehill said, via the team’s official website. “We’ve been seeing [it] for the past few weeks just working on air, but today against the defense you got to see him make some tough catches with defenders on his back in traffic, and that’s what you want to see. You’ve got a guy with a big body who’s able to make strong catches with his hands in traffic. That’s when you’re able to cut it loose.”

Via Omar Kelly and Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Parker was “catching everything thrown his way,” and he was “impressive” against veteran defenders like cornerback Brent Grimes.

Parker still has a long way to go before he’s making those plays in pads against full contact, and an even longer way to go before getting it done in games against guys like Darrelle Revis. But at a time when this is the closest thing to football we’ve seen since football season ended, it’s encouraging for Dolphins fans that they may have used the 14th overall pick in the draft on a player who is poised to become a difference maker

Fantasy Impact:

Tis the season for puff pieces about how well draft picks are playing at OTAs, but the love for Parker seems universal and genuine. He has to beat out Kenny Stills for a starting role in Bill Lazor's offense, and he's off to a good start.

Dolphins lock up QB Ryan Tannehill through 2020

Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:50pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Miami Dolphins announced Monday they've signed Ryan Tannehill through the 2020 season.

It’s a four-year, $77 million extension on top of the two years and $18.255 million Tannehill had remaining on his rookie deal, a person informed of the contract's details told USA TODAY Sports.

The deal includes $45 million in guarantees, said the person, who was not permitted to speak publicly since the team did not release financial details of the contract.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to offset that loss. If healthy, Cameron should also be an upgrade on the departed Charles Clay. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller bulking up to break more tackles

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 11:19am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

When Dolphins RB Lamar Miller went back and watched film from last season, he saw flaws.

He didn’t break enough tackles, so he put on seven pounds of muscle in the University of Miami weight room to get up to 225 pounds.

And he didn’t catch enough passes (38 in 2014, with six drops).

So Miller has spent the offseason in front of the Jugs football-passing machine. He has worked on technique with standout wide receiver Andre Johnson, who’s now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

And he runs routes for Ryan Tannehill with the team’s other young skill-position players.

Fantasy Impact:

Miller carried the ball 219 times for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 38-275-1 on 52 targets in the passing game. This resulted in a #9 finish in both standard and PPR formats. Despite this, the team doesn't seem completely sold on Miller as a feature back and is looking to shore up the position in the offseason. It's good to hear that he's putting on some muscle and is working on his flaws to hopefully take his game to the next level.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Change is coming for the Dolphins at the receiver position. Miami was ranked 17th in passing with 233.1 yards per game last season, and the immediate futures of several veterans are in question. Starting receiver Brian Hartline and slot Brandon Gibson could be salary-cap casualties due to their $5.95 million and $3.26 million salaries, respectively. The Dolphins must also decide what to do with No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, who is due $9.9 million. Wallace was benched in the second half of Miami’s Week 17 loss to the New York Jets due to venting his frustration. It remains to be seen if both sides stay together or part ways. Either way, the Dolphins need to have a strong group of receivers around quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his fourth season.

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