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And today we blame the Miami Dolphins receivers, starting with Jarvis Landry

Let's see ... we've blamed Ryan Tannehill for Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. We've blamed the run defense. We've blamed the offensive line here and the Dolphins offered an amen to that here. We've blamed a lot of people for Sunday's loss.

But some folks have apparently escaped the fire.

Until now.

Let's look at the Dolphins receiver corps.

They usually get mostly love and credit when they perform at a high level. But none of those guys reached a high level on Sunday. And it wasn't just about catches or the lack thereof. It was other things that go into playing winning football that the receiver corps did not bring to this game.

Take Jarvis Landry, for example. He's Miami's most consistent receiver. He had a bad game. Forget for a minute that he had only three catches for 28 yards. That's not the reason he had a bad game.

He had a bad game because he failed multiple times to play winning football.

Consider that Landry cost the Dolphins a touchdown. In the third quarter, Tannehill passed to Jay Ajayi who then ran nine yards for a touchdown to make it a 24-20 game with the extra point to come and a quarter-and-a-half to play.

Except Landry was called for holding and the 10-yard penalty not only nullified the touchdown but put a Dolphins offense that was under siege all day and basically has very little margin for error this year, behind the sticks. Predictably, the Dolphins didn't get the TD back. They settled for a FG.

So that lost opportunity was on Landry.

Screens and blocking for them were of a particular problem for Landry this day. In the second quarter, on what could have been a 20-25 yard gain, the Dolphins settled for seven yards on a slip screen to Kenyan Drake because Landry took on his defender with a roll block. Kenny Stills says I should call it a cut block. 

No. 1. Landry has been taught not to roll block on that play.

No. 2. It was a terrible roll block anyway.

The man Landry was supposed to block basically skipped over Landry's block and made the play. If that man is blocked by Landry, the Dolphins have the football at midfield or better with 40 seconds left in the half. And that's about 12-15 yards from FG territory. In other words, the Dolphins run that slip screen to the right correctly, they can run another one to the left and they have a FG. That's three more points.

I'm not even going to get into the idea that Landry ran a wrong route later in the game and all the receivers failed to haul butt on the game's final play -- which in my estimation is an unpardonable sin. I mean, the game was lost by then, but these guys get paid ... PAID ... a lot of money to provide maximum effort on every play.

Yet on the game's final play Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker all seemed to be offering three-quarter speed. Why? Because they all had such great days and were good with their efforts?

The point is there's more to Landry playing winning football than catching eight passes in 12 targets for 80 yards. There's more to it for Parker than posing a threat and looking athletic and catching one deep pass every two games. There's more to it than for Stills than being super fast, and working super hard, and wanting it super a lot but having only nine catches in five games.

This is supposed to be the best receiver corps in the AFC East. It is not.

Stills cost the Dolphins a win at Seattle. Parker believes he's really good but hasn't produced like he's really good and it is a win when he rolls out of bed in the morning and has a good breakfast -- which he had to be taught to do. Landry until Sunday led the NFL in catches, but he's also had a fumble at New England which he lost and has run wrong routes and been penalized in previous games.

And please don't get me started on the Dolphins tight ends.

I know the Dolphins really like Dion Sims. Obviously they paid good money for Jordan Cameron.

So which one is a security blanket for Tannehill? Which one catches everything thrown to him? Which one is always in the place he's supposed to be, the right place?

Indeed, as the Dolphins search for an identity this season, I ask which of these receivers is Tannehill's security blanket? Who is the go-to guy?

Everyone has always assumed it is Landry. And -- if you do not mistake the top paragraphs for anything but dispassionate review -- please understand Jarvis Landry is a good player and is a net-plus for the Dolphins. But he has the potential for so much more. He can be the calm in the storm for Tannehill when he's under pressure and reading only half the field or staring down a receiver.

If Landry always runs the right route, always carries out his assignment, always gives maximum effort, avoids dumb penalties or fumbles trying to fight for extra yards, he can be that security blanket.

He wasn't that on Sunday against the Titans. 

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