Halfway through 2014 training camp, the Miami Dolphins have had many bright spots during the last two weeks of camp. Many players have stood out from all of the other competition in all three phases of the game. And with the scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium over the weekend, Dol-Fans got a chance to see what the team looked like in front of a little over 10,000 dedicated fans.
But there is one player on both sides of the ball that I feel have made the biggest impact to far in camp. Both players play positions that have a lot of depth and good talent but seem to be pulling away from the competition. On the offensive side, WR Jarivs Landry and on the defensive side CB Cortland Finnegan.
Lets start with Jarivs Landry:
Landry’s name has been mentioned very often since camp began. His ability to get open and run clean-cut routes give him more of an advantage over some of the other WRs fighting for the 3rd receiver spot. Many fans got to see Landry for the first time on Saturday and they were not disappointed and his brightest moment from the scrimmage was his 25-yard reception from backup quarterback Pat Devlin where he broke a couple tackles and finished the play celebrating with his teammates in the endzone. I would say that Landry is one of the most important pieces to the Dolphins’ offense this season.
Finnegan has been nothing short of perfect so far in camp. From the two practices that I saw, he was one of the more active DBs aside from the pro bowlers Rashard Jones and Brent Grimes.
Finnegan is a very aggressive CB that doesn’t take his play very lightly. He seems to be very comfortable with Kevin Coyle’s defensive scheme. One of his highlight plays from the scrimmage was an interception of Devlin where he got in front of the receiver and was able to come down with the ball in the endzone. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins’ secondary is one of the best in the league this year.
Miami’s first preseason game of the year is this Friday against the Falcons in Atlanta. Now is the time that we get to see all of the hard work these players have put forward and we’ll see how some of the younger guys react to a game time situation.