Hartline: Wallace Is Definitely A Rare Talent

Posted Jul 22, 2013

Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline talks with the media about the Dolphins new-look wide receiver corps and the chemistry of the passing game at this early stage of camp. Also, listen as Hartline details the work that the offense has done away throughout the offseason to help the unit gel quickly.

(On how he feels about the wide receiver core) – “I’m excited, but I’m probably more excited for camp not really the season, I guess I would say day 1 of camp is the beginning of the new season, but as far as season, season goes I’m not even focused on that now. The excitement level is not there yet, I would say that I’m more excited to get to camp and be efficient, and be the best I can, when I know that the team is operating at a high level, that’s when I’ll really be excited.”

(On being a leader of the team) – “It’s great, I really enjoy it, I like having the opportunity, having the foundation that I’ve kind of tried to build over the last couple years, and even throughout this year. Like you said there are a lot of new guys, a lot of new leaders, a lot of guys at this level are leaders, I guess at some point you need leaders to be leaders of leaders, if that makes any sense. I think at this point, we are kind of developing, we’re getting our identity down, and really working on a day to day basis.”

(On confidence he has on the receiving core) – “I’m really confident, being confident is kind of like your armour in the NFL, if you start doubting yourself, no one else believes in you, you don’t believe in yourself, you don’t see yourself making plays, it’s just a steady slope from there. I’m very confident in our group, I’m confident in myself, I’m confident in our quarterback, and I’m confident to be ready to play”

(On how Ryan Tannehill is different from last year) – “He’s a better player. I think anytime you are in a system and you work hard day to day, you are going to get better, at least you should, being over 12 months, shoot more than that at this point. He’s doing well, he’s going day to day, he’s communicating telling us what he expects and what he wants, and we’re trying to deliver that.”

(On why he’s confident that with a lot of new parts they can still be successful) – “I think it depends on what kind of parts. Having your center, having your quarterback are always staples in your offense and on a team. Defensively you’re probably talking about how some D-lineman, and some linebackers and free safeties lining things up. We’ve got a lot of guys that are new, and a couple of guys that have been around. We’ve got successful guys in those positions. I think that fitting other guys in and having a guy like myself in the same room won’t prove to be a curveball like some expected.”

(On what things have developed where he can feel that he’ll be alright in the last couple of days) – “We started in April, we are probably like four or five months into this thing, the grace period is kind of over…doesn’t really kind of exist anymore around here, everyone’s a Dolphins here now and they’ll play if they can play”

(On what he thinks the receiving core is capable of) – “I think we are a bunch of guys who can contribute on a consistent basis, that whenever the offense picks that day. Hopefully it’s evenly spread, if its evenly spread it’s hard to defend, between the running backs getting out, or tight ends, or the receiving core. There’s a lot of weapons on this team and a lot of guys are going to see opportunities.”

(On how Brandon Gibson’s skillset allows him to play inside) – “ I’d say Brandon’s very efficient in his route running, a lot of body control which you need a lot of times inside with the backers and safeties and a lot of trash going on inside the interior of the defense, he’s smart he can feel coverage. I think at this point he’s continuing to learn the offense, continuing to be where Ryan wants him to be, and really getting on Ryan’s page. At this point almost every body’s got the tools necessary, it’s just using them efficiently at the right now and really communicating throughout the group and with the quarterback.”

(On how it’s been playing with Mike Wallace and how it opens up the field) – “It’s good, it’s easy to play with Mike. He wants to win, he wants to be even better, he wants to be a staple down her for a while, he wants to win football games, anytime you’ve got someone like that and he works hard, anytime you’ve got those kinds of characteristics it’s pretty easy to get along with. He’s easy to talk to, he wants to work, he wants to be good, he wants to win, so the rest is kind of white noise in a way.”

(On a lot being said about Wallace’s speed) – “He’s a fast guy man, he’s got rare capabilities and I’m out of his running class, he’s definitely a rare talent, a rare breed and he knows how to expose it.”

(On if there is a greater sense of urgency to start the season fast due to the playoff opponents within the first few weeks of the season) – “It’s awesome. That’s kind of the way you want it to go out, if you want to get started and have high expectations, to be sharpened right off the bat with either wins or tough losses, or however it goes, playing the best of…obviously its 2012 but, the best of the best within the past year, it’s a great opportunity. I think it’s a great chance to see where we’re at. I think we’re probably building more and more confidence coming through the offseason, and to hit those teams right off the bat, is a great opportunity for us and a great chance for us to really get some good competition, what it’s all about and sharpen our tool set and see where we match up.”

(On how confident he is that there are more big plays coming) – “I don’t know if there are a lot of 1 play, 80 yard drives but I’m hoping to see more 1 play 50 yard drives or 2 play 70 yard drives, you know big plays in general, quick turnaround fumble recoveries from defense that can turn into instant points. Nonetheless when you’re at the bottom of the group, you always want to expect more. How much more is probably what we’re working on, we all set goals and we have high standards going into 2013, but at this point, Ryan’s throwing a great ball, we’re trying to get open, we’re still growing, we’ve got a lot of great work done in OTA’s and we’re trying to carry that into fall camp.”
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