Another Miami Dolphins wide receiver that the Buffalo Bills will have to contend with will be Brian Hartline who has excellent route running abilities to get himself open for passes thrown by second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Hartline stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 180 pounds so he has to rely on his route running as he isn’t the fastest receiver and with his weight he can’t be physical much as most corners outweigh him despite he might have a height advantage. Last season was Hartline’s best as he was a starter for all but one game last year and had 75 catches for 1,083 yards, and the only disappointing thing about that stat line is the fact that he only had one touchdown reception.
The cornerback that will be responsible for covering Hartline will be second-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore and while this normally wouldn’t be a problem; however as he is still recovering from his broken wrist, so it is likely that the big cast he had on last week against the Cincinnati Bengals will likely be there this week as well. This will severely limit the number of things he can do as tackling, which was one of the biggest positives coming out of college last year as he wasn’t shy about tackling wide receivers by himself. This is extremely unlike most cornerbacks who couldn’t tackle a dummy if their life depended on it, as they are sheer coverage guys. Another thing the bulky cast will not enable him to do is intercept passes thrown to him by quarterback Ryan Tannehill which would be nice to have another guy that can force turnovers and flip the field on the Dolphins.
All and all, it should be interesting to see if Brian Hartline can have more than six catches for 61 yards this season versus the Buffalo Bills despite splitting the series last year.