Through six games of the 2012 season, we’ve certainly learned some things about the Dolphins. One of those things is that Brian Hartline (29 catches, 513 yards) and Davone Bess (28 catches, 388 yards) are a very solid 1-2 punch at WR.
Something else we’ve learned, though, is that the Dolphins are still looking for a consistent third option at that position.
In last week’s win over the Rams, Marlon Moore was that guy, catching three passes for 46 yards including a 29-yard touchdown–his first three receptions of the season.
But one game doesn’t answer the question and when Moore joined The Finsiders show last week, he made it clear that the guys in the WR room know that someone needs to establish themselves as the next option for QB Ryan Tannehill.
“We’ve talked about it as a receiving corps…we need somebody to step up.”
“We know that Hartline and Bess will be the ones on the field the majority of the time, but it’s up to us to back them up when they’re double covered or taken away.”
Moore made it clear it didn’t matter to him which guy was next. Whether he’s the guy, as he was vs. St. Louis, or whether it’s Jabar Gaffney, Rishard Matthews or Anthony Armstrong. Whoever is asked to step up, Moore told us, is capable of it.
There’s no doubt that as the season goes on, that defenses will continue to challenge Tannehill and the offense to go to a third option at wideout and there’s even less doubt that in order for the Dolphins to take their early-season success to the next level that they’ll need to get some consistency out of that position, no matter which individual player is the one stepping up.
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