Brian Hartline took his game to new heights in 2012 by posting career-highs and leading the team with 74 receptions and 1,083 receiving yards. What made Hartline’s breakout season even more impressive was the fact that he overcame a turbulent offseason in which health issues sidelined him for the majority of the Dolphins offseason program. Heading into 2013, Hartline is healthy and looking to help the offense get to the next level. During a quick break at the team’s recent Mini Camp, Hartline chatted with Jesse Agler of The Finsiders:
(On offense gelling together)- “Good, can’t complain, it’s early in the process but yeah, it’s amazing how many new faces can come in and out in one year but there’s a lot of good guys on this time. I like guys that work hard which is basically the foundation for anything so, we have a bunch of guys that work hard and we’ll work together and communicate well and with those things it’s a good recipe…We’re looking forward to fall camp too but we’re definitely taking a good step forward. “
(On tempo of practice during Mini Camp)- “Our tempo is definitely at a high pace. We’re rocking two groups at a time so we’re getting a lot of reps, getting a lot of good film. A lot of guys are playing at a fast pace so that’s always a good recipe for some success.”
(On possibly taking on more of a leadership role after signing a new contract)- “Yeah, it does, it kind of gives you that foundation because it shows that the coaches are behind you and other people on the staff are behind you so it kind of gives you a little boost. But I’ve always kind of been there; it just gives you more of a platform to speak up on. But there are a lot of great guys that want to learn, a lot of guys asking questions, myself included. So we have a really good group in the room and a lot of guys working hard so you don’t have to ask a lot of other guys; you just have to show up and get your work done and if you have questions ask. We’re happy with the group so far.”
(On what are he’s working on to improve)- “Staying consistent; you talk about the leadership role, if you’re not doing what you need to do day in and day out, then whatever you say doesn’t carry as much merit. In order to be a leader you have to take care of your own job so I’m really trying to focus on that, make the plays when they’re there and really just be there for the team and that’s really my main focus; the leadership you were talking about and making plays. “
(On the difference between Tannehill and the receivers from last year to now)- “His handle on things. Instead of just learning we expand our mind. We have all the basics down. We are doing things that take advantage of the defense. We are expanding our horizons. We have a lot of smart guys on our end in the receiver room. The cohesiveness has definitely grown in. Ryan has done is great job leading us that way.”
(On excitement about fans getting their first look at 2013 Dolphins during training camp)- “Yeah, it’s a little boost, a little adrenaline rush. We have some guys that can run, we have got some fast guys, and it’s going to be fun to see and fun to watch. We’re throwing that ball around and the running backs are running well. Fans come to see the offense so we’re really happy with where we’re at. It’s high flying right now but the defense is playing good too so if you’re going to come to a practice you’re going to see a lot of good competition.”
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