“It’s always a good position when I’m standing up and the quarterback is on the ground,” Wheeler said. “So I was happy.”
The Dolphins are thrilled to have receivers (plural) who can compete with those like the Colts have. Last year, Brian Hartline was seemingly the lone playmaker in a desert of 15-, 16-, 17-play touchdown drives.
Miami’s three touchdown drives against Indy went six plays, three plays, and six plays.
Now the Dolphins can connect on big plays in the passing game. Think of it, Charles Clay caught a 67-yard pass, Hartline had a 24-yard catch and Wallace caught a 34-yarder. Wallace also caught an otherwise innocuous bubble screen and in a blink he turned it into an 18-yard touchdown play.
And there’s potential for more because Wallace and Tannehill are admittedly not fully comfortable with each other just yet.
“Him and me are getting on the same page,” Wallace said. “Him and [fellow newcomer Brandon Gibson] are already on the same page. Now, we’re getting on the same page as well.”
A year ago the Dolphins lost two games in overtime and another one in regulation by three points. They claimed they were close to winning games, close to making plays because, well, they were.
But they were never good enough to actually make those plays. They weren’t good enough to win those tight games.
This team has more talent.
It doesn’t win on every play but it doesn’t consistently fall just short, either. It wins on its share of plays because there are playmakers throughout the lineup. That means close games that became losses a year ago might be wins this year.
And that absolutely makes the Dolphins relevant again.