By season’s end, Hartline had reeled in a career-high 74 passes for a career-high 1,083 yards to become just the eighth player in franchise history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Before
Hartline burst on the scene as a rookie in 2009 with 31 catches for 506 yards and three touchdowns, which is the only season he has caught more than one touchdown. That’s the one area he hopes to improve on in 2013, but to put up the numbers he did with no OTAs, training camp or preseason games really made a statement.
Clearly, Hartline’s breakout performance came at the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 when he caught 12 passes for a franchise record 253 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown reception. He helped rookie quarterback
“Considering the fact that he missed training camp, OTAs, and didn’t get with us until the preseason and had been really absent the entire time, that was more of my concern. Based on last year’s tapes, I thought he did everything he was asked to do, so I had a lot of respect for him coming in to the season. The physical setback that he had with the surgery and what he went through, I thought may take him a little bit longer to get on track.” – Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman
“He is deceptively fast. I’ve had that label before too. It’s just kind of a stigma that comes with it. If it helps you, then it helps you. I don’t know if teams underestimate or anything, but he’s making plays for us and doesn’t matter what color you are. If you can play football, you can play football. It’s not a racist game. Once you’re out on the field, everything’s the same. I’m excited about what he’s done for us.” – Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill