Admittedly it was as wacky an opening day as you could have envisioned for the Dolphins, as they outlasted to weather delays and the Titans, in their 27-20 victory at Hard Rock Stadium.
And while it’s only one game and not a big enough sample size, in the first regular-season game “post Jarvis Landry,” the Dolphins saw who they actually invested in pay dividends..
Kenny Stills had quite the 2018 debut, including this 75-yard bomb in in the fourth quarter, which helped Miami build a 14-point lead.
Speed thrills. Speed Stills.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 9, 2018
Remember that Stills was given a contract extension in March, while the team refused to give “megabucks” to Landry. And, They eventually traded Landry to the Browns and the questions became: who or what combination of whom, would replace him?
And yes Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson were both signed in free agency and both made contributions on Sunday. Amendola with four catches for 26 yards and Wilson with three balls for 31 yards were solid.
But, make no mistake, the six year veteran Stills is the proven game-breaker that Miami will be counting on. He averaged nearly 27 yards per catch on Sunday and helped secure the opening vitory.
For what it’s worth Landry also delivered in his debut for Cleveland catching seven passes for over a hundred yards in their 21 – 21 tie with the Steelers Sunday.
And, so will go the comparisons throughout this season and maybe for the next couple of years, as to whether the Dolphins were smart or foolish to not pay Landry what Cleveland did?
At the end though, if Miami is getting production, including like what they got Sunday from the combo of Stills, Amendola and Wilson, then it doesn’t really matter what Landry does.
No, Ryan Tannehill will be just fine with distributing the ball around, and then looking deep for Stills, like hit the Titans with on Sunday afternoon.
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