If the Miami Dolphins are going to make improvements on the offensive line and in the running game, they had better figure out how to find more consistency in their passing attack - most notably the connection between quarterback Ryan Tannehill and free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace.
The next 10 games should be used to form more of cohesion of the two so the Dolphins will have a true “go to” receiver should they earn a postseason berth.
The connection by the two is also loosely connected to a more solid running game as defenses might be looking to stopping the passing attack, which might open more holes on the offensive line. To say Miami is almost exclusively a passing team with some hint of a running attack is not an exaggeration. And to say the issues of there not being a running game and a weak offensive line may have been a reason Tannehill has been on his back 24 times due to sacks this season sounds reasonable.
Both Tannehill and Wallace have not found the right set up yet for greatness, but things could work itself out in a hurry.
Hopefully, the week off from playing time will be used to correct those issues.
But the connection between quarterback and receiver must be solved this week with the Patriots on the schedule the following weekend.
Wallace has only caught 22 passes in his first five games with Dolphins and has one score to show for his efforts. The Dolphins have been playing cat and mouse with the former Steelers star, finding him quickly in the offense in the first half of games against Indianapolis and Baltimore, and then not finding him at all, as was the case in the first game of the season against Cleveland, leaving him a bit frustrated.
Since injuries have been an issue with the Bills, especially in the secondary, Sunday could be huge game for both players.
In other Dolphins news:
The week off gave the Dolphins' defense a chance to rest and heal from injuries to major players on the unit.
According to the Miami Herald, “It’s been more than five weeks since Patterson has taken a defensive snap; he has been shelved longer than expected by a nagging groin injury. But when the Dolphins got back to work Monday, they did so with Patterson on the practice field — great news for a secondary that ranks 26th in passing yards allowed.”
Patterson is not the only player the Dolphins have been without and are counting on to have a huge impact when they return. Cameron Wake, Paul Soliai, Dannell Ellerbe, Chris Clemons, Koa Misi, Philip Wheeler and Nolan Carroll all have missed parts of — if not entire — games because of injury.