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WR Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 12: at Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 26/34 for 240 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions against the ball-hawking Bills last week, despite taking five sacks for -35 yards from their hard-charging defensive front. He leaned on a wide array of wide receivers last weekend, hitting Brian Hartline for the most receiving yards (four targets for 3/55/0 receiving), followed by: Jarvis Landry (five for 5/46/1), Mike Wallace (seven for 4/38/0), Damien Williams (three for 2/38/0, and Brandon Gibson (three for 2/13/1). Tight end Charles Clay handled six for 5/31/0 as well. The Dolphins spread the wealth among many receivers (as is usual this year). The Broncos allowed 20/29 for 220 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Shaun Hill last weekend, while sacking him three times for -14 yards during the loss in St. Louis. Derek Carr wasn't sacked at all two games back (30/47 for 192 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown), but the Broncos triumphed in that game 41-17 as Denver's offense was it's usual powerhouse self up until week 11. To date, the Denver pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 243.0 net yards given up per game, with 19 passing scores allowed vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 27 sacks (tied for eighth) generated. The Denver pass D is solid across the board, but tends to allow yardage/a garbage TD here and there after they build up a big lead. Tannehill and company have a tough draw this week traveling to partisan Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at JAX 0 0 0 4 1 19 0 0
9 vs SD 0 0 0 7 5 50 0 0
10 at DET 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
11 vs BUF 0 0 0 4 3 55 0 0
12 at DEN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
12 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
12 at DEN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs SD (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Brian Hartline had one of his better games of his season on Sunday, but it was still lacking any sort of big play ability or red zone chops. It was the veteran's fourth game in eight this season receiving 7+ targets and just his third five-catch outing of 2014. Not to pile onto the former Ohio State Buckeye, but Sunday was just the second time he's hit 50 or more yards this season as well. In a closer game, one could argue that Hartline would've had a few more chances, but the writing is on the wall here. Even when the Miami offense is humming, Hartline is a possession receiver with a very limited upside. He's still sitting on one touchdown for the season, and Charles Clay and Jarvis Landry only seem to be gaining steam in the offense. In what amounted to his second most productive game of the season, Hartline can remain on the waiver wire, even with a few bye weeks left this season.

2014 Week 10 vs DET (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Still the "starter" across from Mike Wallace in the majority of two wide receiver sets, Brian Hartline threw up another dud statline on Sunday vs. the Lions. That makes it six games this season in which Hartline has received 3 or fewer catches, and the once-dependable receiver for Ryan Tannehill has seemingly been passed by rookie Jarvis Landry and tight end Charles Clay. Of course, Hartline had a decent excuse in this one, as he ran the majority of routes against Darius Slay, a very good looking cornerback emerging in Detroit. Still, it's not shocking to see Bill Lazor essentially just let Hartline run his routes against Slay, while he looked to get matchups in the passing game for Wallace, Landry, and Clay. There's no really telling how the Branden Albert injury will really affect the Dolphins on offense, except for the obvious, "their offensive line gets worse" line. Will that force Lazor to use more timing routes and quick throws to get the ball out of Ryan Tannehill's hands? Hartline does excel in running those quick slants, as well the comeback and out routes on the boundary, so it remains to be seen if anything changes over the coming weeks. However, Hartline was droppable weeks ago and the Albert injury will only serve to speed up Tannehill's mental clock, looking inside and to the middle of the field more often to his other playmakers.

2014 Week 11 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)

Brian Hartline had one of his better games of the season on Thursday night against the Bills. However, his 18.3 yards per catch on just four targets is an outlier as to how his season has been going, and maintaining that level of production is very unlikely. His 43 yards after the catch was more than he had in his previous five games combined. Limited to being a low-target possession receiver, Hartline has to make plays after the catch, which just isn't his forte. The big play he did make was on a shallow crossing route. He caught it about 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Bills had been playing off coverage on him, which allowed him to streak down the sideline for a 30-yard gain. Hartline is now just the third or fourth option on the Dolphins, and isn't even playing a full complement of snaps anymore. Nothing to see here.


Latest News

Dolphins | Brian Hartline not complaining (Tue Nov 11, 10:50 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline was targeted just once in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, and he is on pace for just 76 targets this season, well below his 127 from last season. So far Hartline isn't complaining about the drop in targets. 'Coaches can use me as they see fit,' Hartline said Tuesday, Nov. 11.

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