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WR Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

6-2, 195Born: 11-22-1986College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 4

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Week 9: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill have taken care of business and beat the teams they should have defeated over the past two weeks, with 16/29 for 196 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown at Jacksonville (a 27-13 win) and 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions tossed at Chicago (a 27-13 win). Mike Wallace leads all Miami receivers with 15 targets during that time span, for 7/105/1 receiving; Charles clay has seen eight targets for 5/59/1 receiving in the Dolphins' spread-it-around pass offense. The Chargers have not taken care of business in the past two weeks, dropping two games straight while allowing 25/35 for 286 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to Peyton Manning last week (zero sacks) and 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks for -10 yards, to Alex Smith at San Diego two weeks ago. Though the Chargers are sixth in the NFL averaging 219.1 net passing yards allowed per game, they've coughed up 14 passing scores vs. a mere four interceptions and 15 sacks generated to date (tied for 23rd- and 18th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). The Chargers' D is reeling entering Week 9. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 vs GB 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
7 at CHI 0 0 0 3 3 35 0 0
8 at JAX 0 0 0 4 1 19 0 0
9 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brian Hartline had one of his worst games as a pro on Sunday, failing to reel in either of his two targets. It was more a case of Hartline not being involved, as Jarvis Landry took full advantage of his fairly heavy snap load. Wallace and Landry saw 17 of Tannehill's 31 targeted passes, and with Charles Clay and Miller seeing another 8, there wasn't much in the way of scraps for Hartline. Arguably, with the Dolphins starting slowly on offense in nearly every game this season, hitting a few slants, comebacks, or quick outs to the consistent Hartline could be a way to pickup a few first downs and get into an early rhythm and tempo. The up-tempo attack, which Bill Lazor was supposed to bring with him from Philadelphia, has been mostly non-existent. One of Hartline's targets was Tannehill's second interception. It wasn't a great decision, as Tannehill was simply taking a shot down the field on first down with a few minutes left in the half. Hartline didn't really have a chance, as Sam Shields and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were both in his back pocket. Hartline's struggles are really just a sign of his value eroding further. Landry can't be expected to take Hartline's job, but the Dolphins run plenty of 11 personnel, so it's certainly possible that the rookie out-targets the vet over the rest of the season. Over the last four games, Landry is besting him on looks, 25 to 24, on far fewer snaps. Hartline has never had a high ceiling, and now that he's not even the clear #2 option anymore, his consistency takes a hit.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

There was an emphasis put on getting the ball to Brian Hartline and Charles Clay this week, but Hartline still looked like the #4 option in the passing game. After getting shut out in Week 6, Hartline did see an uptick in targets, hauling in all three he saw. Mostly matched up with Kyle Fuller, before the promising rookie had to leave with a foot ailment, the savvy vet did run some good routes against the rookie, crossing him up on a few comeback routes. It's a reminder that Hartline is a very good route runner, and is a reliable chain-moving wide receiver. In closer games, where the Dolphins may not have been leading by two scores for most of the game, his line could've been closer to 5/60 or 6/70. However, three targets will not sustain value for any receiver. Lazor and Tannehill won't make a concerted effort to get Hartline the ball either, so he's left as a very shaky option, even during the bye weeks.


Latest News

Dolphins | Brian Hartline a forgotten man (Fri Oct 17, 05:33 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has become a forgotten man in the team's offense after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He is currently fourth on the team in catches (16) and third in receiving yards (161), and he's on pace for his worst statistical season since 2011. The Dolphins have basically stopped throwing his way; he was targeted just twice in Week 6 and was without a catch for the first time in almost two years. Tannehill has had the most snaps of any receiver on the team in every game this year, but only once was he targeted more often than WR Mike Wallace.

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Dolphins | Brian Hartline on injury report (Fri Oct 17, 05:21 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (finger) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

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