Finally, I've been saying for months how the WR job opposite Brandon Marshall was Brian Hartline's to lose. That is what I was told would be the situation.
But Sparano today pulled back the curtain on why that is so, on why it is Hartline that is getting first dibs on the spot.
"Honestly, it's run after catch," he said. "He had some big plays for us with his hands on the football running the ball so there was a little bit of that there."
Sparano cautioned that just because Hartline has the job today doesn't mean he'll keep the job.
One would expect the Dolphins coach to say exactly that on the fourth day of training camp. That's why they call it competition.
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(On what about Brian Hartline made him decide to pair him with Brandon Marshall) – “Well, it’s just honestly, at the end of last season when you looked at what Brian did, Brian had good run after catch, he had some big plays for us with his hands on the football, running with the ball. There was a little bit of that there, as you looked at it right now, when you had to put a starting lineup out there today, and you’re putting two receivers out there, Brian’s run after catch, those things, I think were pretty good. http://www.miamidolphins.com/content/co ... cript-8110
Now is that the way it’s going to stay, we’ll see as we get going here. We feel like no matter what, we have four of these guys, five of these guys right now that we feel like could be in the mix in a rotation and a couple of the young guys that we really want to see. I have no way of knowing it’s going to stay like that. It’s been like that for a couple days, and who knows, it might change later.”
(On whether this is because he knows what he will get from Greg Camarillo and wants to see what Brian Hartline will give him) – “No, I kind of feel like I have a good idea of what I’m going to get out of Brian right now. He made some big plays in some big situations. I know what I’m going to get out of Camarillo; I pretty much know what I’m going to get with (Davone) Bess and these kind of guys.
I don’t have a problem with that; it’s not about trust, honestly with any of them. A little bit more about production at the end of this whole thing and who will play. I mean the most productive guy will play, but they’ll all have roles someplace or another. In other words, somebody’s got to go out and play that third receiver on third down and somebody’s got, so they’ll all have roles. I think there’s a big enough piece of the pie there for everyone.”