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Dolphins Landry on pace for another record-setting season

Roy Cummings

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Outside of those who own him in their fantasy leagues, there may not be many who realize just how good a season Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry has had this year.

Landry is the only player in the NFL who has caught at least five passes in every game and with four games still to play his 80 total catches are already the ninth most by a Dolphins receiver in a single season.

By the way, the single-season catch record Landry has a chance to eclipse is his own. He set it in 2015 when he caught 110 passes. Landry also ranks second (94 catches in 2016) and sixth (84 in 2014) on that list.

Not bad for a player who was accused by some of  not buying fully into coach Adam Gase’s scheme and was reportedly on the trade block largely, or at least in part, because of his pending contract issue.

Landry, in case you’ve forgotten, is currently slated to become a free-agent after this season because the Dolphins have chosen to play chicken with him and have yet to offer him a contract extension.

It’s a curious stance given his production and the fact every other core Dolphin, including fellow wideout Kenny Stills (four years, $32 million), who had an expiring contract has already received an extension.

And make no mistake, Landry is a core Dolphin. Gase said as much after the trade deadline passed when he was asked if there had been any attempt to move Landry the way the Dolphins moved running back Jay Ajayi.

“We told (Landry) a while ago, I can’t remember when but it was when everybody was saying we were trading him, that he wasn’t going anywhere,’’ Gase said. “We have a vision for what we want that wide receiver room to look like and we expect him to be a huge part of that.’’

 So there you have it. Though they have a funny way of showing it, the Dolphins apparently want Landry to be a part of their future and well they should.

Landry may not be the deep threat that Stills is, but with DeVante Parker regressing this year there is no Dolphins receiver who is more consistent than the two-time (and maybe soon to be third-time) Pro Bowler.

And while the Dolphins offense hasn’t looked all that good with him this year, it’s hard to imagine, what with its inconsistent running game and poor quarterback play, how it would look without him?

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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