Success in the passing game for the Miami Dolphins involves a lot of moving parts and chief among them are the wide receivers.
Sunday’s 23-10 season-opening win at the Cleveland Browns highlighted the versatility of that unit and each receiver’s knack for efficiently playing off of each other. Head Coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman have emphasized the fact that they don’t target a specific receiver’s number but rather utilize a system of progressions for second-year quarterback
So even though speedster
“I’m happy those guys had a great game,” Wallace said. “That’s my teammates and I’m always happy when they do well every single time. Every single catch they work hard for it.”
Hartline led all receivers with nine receptions for 114 yards and matched his touchdown total from all of last season in the very first game with his 34-yard score in the third quarter. Gibson added seven catches for 77 yards, including a 24-yard catch-and-run on Miami’s second touchdown drive.
Tannehill went 6-of-7 for 78 yards on that drive, which culminated with running back
As Sherman pointed out, each week is different and next week it could be Wallace catching the majority of the passes. That’s how the offense is designed and that’s why the chemistry among the entire receiver group is so important to the team’s success.
JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR STURGIS
“I got out there in enough time in warm-ups to see what it was like,” said Sturgis, who had a stellar college career at the University of Florida before being taken in the fifth round of April’s NFL Draft. “It was a really neat atmosphere and obviously the Browns fans are loud. They have a good team and it was good to come out of there with a win.”
Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium is situated right on the shores of Lake Erie and the wind coming off the lake is very tricky. It changed directions numerous times throughout the game, but neither Sturgis nor punter/holder
“Every different spot the wind felt a little bit differently,” Sturgis said. “But that’s why you go out there and warm up so you can test out every spot on the field and see what the wind’s going to do to the ball.”
THE LAST WORD
“This is an aggressive defense. We’re just aggressive and we’re going to get after it and we sacked the quarterback a good amount of times and hit the quarterback a bunch of times yesterday. Anytime you can do that that will put a halt on a lot of offensive attacks.” – cornerback