Brian Hartline Fantasy News
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 5:08pm
"He wants to play fast," Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said of new OC Bill Lazor, who is widely credited for the emergence of Nick Foles, who led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (27:2). "I think that's his biggest point at this time is just getting to the line, playing fast, putting pressure on the defense. We're going to huddle. We're going to take our time in that standpoint, but once we break we want to put pressure on the defense."
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Dolphins receivers like the new offense
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 2:51pm
We are only in Phase 3 of the Dolphins’ offseason program, but OC Bill Lazor is getting rave reviews from his players.
“It’s really interesting. I’ve never been in an offense like this, how it’s called, how it’s run, the combination routes,” Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline said. “There’s a lot of things going on that I haven’t done. It’s really exciting and actually, I’m really enjoying it. You can tell it puts a smile on my face. I can’t wait to learn more, do more and then put it into action.”
One of the major criticisms last year of Sherman was the fact he didn’t move No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace around to get favorable matchups. That’s one of the first changes we’ve seen from Lazor, using Wallace on both sides and the slot depending on the formation. Wallace has looked good in organized team activities. He had three touchdown receptions in Tuesday’s practice in Lazor’s new scheme.
“Nobody can ever key on me,” Wallace explained after Tuesday’s practice. “Last year, you kind of knew where I was every single play, what you had to do because I was there every game, same spot. Moving around, it’s harder for the defense to know where you’re at, harder for them to adjust.”
It's a good sign that Wallace and Hartline like the new offense, though we try not to get too excited about puff pieces in early June.
Mike Wallace enjoying the flexibility of new offense
Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:31pm
Impressive day for Ryan Tannehill, who threw two touchdowns to Mike Wallace, a dart in the middle of the end zone to Brian Hartline for a touchdown and another great throw that should have been a touchdown to Charles Clay (who dropped it). He threw one interception (to Jimmy Wilson) but also wisely threw the ball away when nothing was there.
Wallace, as we wrote a couple times last week, is in clearly better spirits. One reason is that he loves Bill Lazor’s offense and the flexibility it gives him to change where he lines up.
Mike Sherman wouldn’t permit him to do that last year, and Wallace said today that as a result, opposing defenses knew exactly where he was going to be.
Wallace finished the season as the #25 WR, but was an unreliable option for most of the year. Thanks to four touchdowns in his final six games, he averaged 10.8 FP in that span, which equates to low-end WR1-type numbers. We're not expecting that kind of production, though he should be a top-end WR3 if his late season surge continues into this season. The arrival of OC Bill Lazor should help.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 10:57am
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:15pm
Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is immediately an option as a slot receiver but he will have to play special teams like the dickens to be active on game days. Here is the reason for the uninitiated: The first three WRs -- Brandon Gibson, Brian Hartline, Mike Wallace -- get their reps on offense. None play special teams. The fourth active WR has to play special teams. Period.
The takeaway here is that beat writer Armando Salguero does not think that Landry will initially be a threat to Brandon Gibson, even though Gibson is coming off of a patella tendon tear.
Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:18pm
The Dolphins have been with the rehabilitation of their injured wide receivers, GM Dennis Hickey said, adding that he's been "pleased" with the manner Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns have looked in the offseason conditioning program.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8:23pm
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:58am
Two Dolphins people dispute a CBS report that Joe Philbin will have a shorter leash on Ryan Tannehill and might play Matt Moore. But the Dolphins feel strongly that Tannehill must improve his chemistry with Mike Wallace. One Dolphins official said Tannehill can throw a ball anticipating where Brian Hartline will be, but cannot consistently with Wallace.
Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:11pm
No surgery will be required for Hartline and it's expected he will be ready for training camp in 2014.
Mike Wallace misses practice
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:34pm
At least four of the Dolphins' receivers have sustained injuries in camp, and Mike Wallace also stood on the sideline for all of team drills during Wednesday night’s practice, for reasons the team would not explain.
Wallace participated in individual drills and appeared to be moving normally. Coach Joe Philbin refused to discuss Wallace’s status or why he did not play in Monday’s scrimmage.
What’s more, Brian Hartline did not participate in Wednesday’s practice and appears to be nursing an injury to his lower leg, in the calf area. Hartline declined to discuss his injury, saying his absence from Monday’s scrimmage “was coach’s decision — nothing to do with me.” He missed all of last preseason with a calf injury.
There have also been reports that Wallace and QB Ryan Tannehill haven't shown good chemistry thus far in camp. Missing practice won't help with that.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 1:14pm