There are a lot of dark clouds hanging over the Miami Dolphins organization. The team needs to find a new coach for 2016. It probably also will be searching for a new general manager and at least a dozen new players following a needed offseason housecleaning.
But there has been one bright spot in Miami's horrendous season: young receivers Jarvis Landry and, of late, DeVante Parker have excelled. They combined for 11 catches and 204 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Dolphins dropped to 5-10, which at this point doesn't matter much. These final games are more about evaluating the team for the future than watching the standings.
Miami drafted Landry in the second round in 2014, and he has quickly become one of its best and most dependable players. He led the team with seven receptions for 111 yards Sunday and also became the first player in franchise history to notch 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. Parker was picked 14th overall in this year's draft. He was expected to make an immediate impact but summer foot surgery set him back, and once he got on the field he got off to a slow start. But an injury to former starter Rishard Matthews opened the door for more playing time, and Parker has taken advantage.