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Hartline: Dolphins Best Receiving Corps In AFC East
By on May 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

brian-hartline1The Dolphins, dissatisfied with the amount of big plays generated in 2012, targeted a handful of offensive playmakers this offseason. The subsequent acquisitions of Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller should give the passing game that sought-after jolt.

The unit’s key returnee, Brian Hartline, told “NFL AM” on Monday morning that the Dolphins’ retooled receiving corps is the class of the AFC East.

“Absolutely, I think we are,” Hartline said. “Then you have to add Dustin Keller in there. Lamar Miller’s a great back and then Daniel Thomas is a great back out of the backfield. The whole passing game is an advantage of ours.”

Hartline quickly became Ryan Tannehill’s safety valve during the latter’s rookie season, establishing himself as the team’s go-to receiver. The end result: For Hartline, it was an undeniable breakout season, finishing with a team-high 74 receptions and 1,083 yards.

With so many new options, the dynamic may be a bit different in 2013 . Some of those opportunities will go elsewhere at times, no doubt, affecting Hartline’s numbers — for better or worse.  But the fifth-year receiver is more concerned about bottom-line results, anyway.

“Any kind of value for a player always goes up the better your team is,” Hartline said. “There’s only one football; there’s always not enough to go around. But Gibson’s a great addition, Mike’s obviously a great addition, Dustin Keller’s a great addition. We’ve got a lot of moves. I’m looking forward to working these guys and really just playing my part and when I’m called upon, make some plays.”

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3 Responses to “Hartline: Dolphins Best Receiving Corps In AFC East”

  1. midwestfinfan says:

    I think Wallace will draw a lot of attention that Hartline, Gibson, and Keller will benefit. Look for them to have big seasons.

  2. dolfaninnj says:

    Too bad Bess is gone..that was a mistake.

  3. professorlou says:

    I definitely agree with Hartline that we have the best receivers in the East at this time. With Wallace and Hartline, you have some excellent speed on the outside; you can’t discount Hartline’s speed. So now, they have two fast receiver. In addition, you’ve got Gibson and Matthews. Gibson is more of an outside guy so I don’t see him in the slot. If anyone play the slot it may end up being Thigpen due to his 4.4 speed and his experience as a receiver with Hamilton. However, the wildcard and the guy who could end up being a huge sleeper is Terrell Sinkfield and it’s not because of his speed but because he runs routes very well and has great hands. The offense is beginning to look a lot better.

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