Friday, May 9, 2014

Dolphins' new receiver Landry ready to hit weights


If the Miami Dolphins were planning to re-dedicate themselves to the running game in 2014, their moves in the first two rounds of the draft would have us fooled.

After adding a tackle that specializes in pass blocking in round one, the Dolphins added to their already crowded receiving corps by drafting Jarvis Landry, a wide receiver from LSU, with the No. 63 overall pick.

The Dolphins traded back twice in the round before making their choice, collecting the No. 125 (fourth round) and No. 171 (fifth round) picks in the process as a part of a very active second day of the draft.

In Miami, Landry will join Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson in the receivers room, all of who received substantial free agent deals in 2013. Late-2013 standout Rishard Matthews will also be competing for playing time, and perhaps a roster spot, next season.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be able to play in Miami," Landry said, via the team's Twitter account. "I can't wait to get into the weight room and get stronger."

"We're thrilled to have Jarvis Landry," Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey told reporters. "He's a guy we watched for a long time in the SEC, he's a captain, he's tough, he's smart, he's productive. When you watch the tape he jumps out at you."

Landry logged his best season as a junior in 2013, recording 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns and earning second team All-SEC honors.

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