Expect Tyler Van Dyke getting back to throwing deep in 2023

Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Under former offensive coordinator, Josh Gattis the Miami football team had a more conservative offense in 2022 than his predecessor Rhett Lashlee ran in 2021. Part of that was because of an injured shoulder plaguing Tyler Van Dyke. Van Dyke was ineffective far too often during the 2022 season.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald noted on Tuesday that under Lashlee in 2021 Tyler Van Dyke had “20.1 percent of his throws traveled at least 20 yards in the air, and Van Dyke completed 36.9 percent of those passes for 932 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions, according to Pro Football Focus.”

Jackson also noted that “In 2022, with Gattis calling plays in a different system, just 11.1 percent of Van Dyke’s throws traveled at least 20 air yards, and Van Dyke completed 42.9 percent for 374 yards, three TDs and no interceptions.” Those numbers should change under new OC Shannon Dawson in 2023.

Houston finished 19th in 2022 with 19 completions of 20 or more yards during the 2022 season. Those numbers include yards after the catch. Van Dyke had a high completion percentage on deep throws in 2022, but the production was significantly less. Part of that was not having a reliable outside wide receiver.

Per Jackson, nine of the 12 TDs that Van Dyke has had in his career that have come on throws of 20 yards or more were under Lashlee in 2021. The hybrid air raid, power spread system that Dawson will run in 2023 should be more beneficial to the strengths of Van Dyke. With better protection, Van Dyke should thrive in 2023.

Per Jackson, Van Dyke faced heavy pressure from a pass rush on 24.5 percent of his 2022 passing attempts. In 2021, Van Dyke only faced heavy pressure on 15.1 percent of pass attempts. Miami has significantly improved its OL in 2023 with transfers Javion Cohen and Matt Lee and freshmen Francis Mauigoa and Samson Okunlola.

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Jackson also stated that Van Dyke completed 37.1 percent of his passes under pressure in 2022 compared to 71.1 percent with a clean pocket. The OL is even more critical for an offense that wants to take deep shots. Expect the Miami offense to evolve from spring practice to August training camp and throughout the season.