[caption id="attachment_18563" align="aligncenter" width="620"] bleacherreport.com[/caption] Well, there goes the first quarter of the 2012 NFL season. Flies by quick, doesn't it? Yes, the Cardinals are 4-0. No, I don't want to talk about Seattle's loss to the Rams. Yes, the real refs are only marginally better than the replacement refs. Enough. Player of the week, is -
Brian HartlineWide receiver, Miami Dolphins. DOB: 22 November, 1986 (25 years old) College: Ohio State Height: 6’2 (1.88m) Weight: 90kg NFL Draft: 108th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft Career games: 48 games Week 4 stats: at Arizona Cardinals – 12 receptions, 253 yards, 1 touchdown, 21.1-yard average, 19 targets Career stats: 134 receptions, 2,125 yards, 6 touchdowns
Why he won player of the week (week 4)Well, with 12 receptions and 253 receiving yards, this one was really just a dead-set gimme. Brian Hartline, who has clearly established himself as Miami's No.1 WR and is rookie QB Ryan Tannehill's favourite target, played a game he'll never forget and set a Dolphins record in the process. The fourth-year wideout caught the ball everywhere and made some huge plays. He caught eight passes over 10 yards, including a 57 and 30-yard bomb in the second and third quarter. His most impressive play - albeit a result of a blown coverage and a complete gift - was an 80-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter which saw Hartline burn defenders down the left sideline. Not only was that particular play big, but the gravity of the play was even bigger. Miami was down 13-14 with 8min left on the clock at the time, when Cards QB Kevin Kolb threw an interception in the endzone. Miami capitalised on this error and immediately responded with the massive TD, giving them a 21-14 lead (after a successful 2-pt conversion) with 7min to play. Alas, it wasn't enough as the Dolphins went down in an OT nail biter. No, the Miami didn't win. Yes, they probably should have won. They did, after all, outgain Arizona in yardage 480-297. While no-one likes to play the blame game, not a single person will be pointing fingers at Hartline after this week's loss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSfbTwa3OuU
Facts and figures
- Hartline has been targeted 48 times this season, good for second in the league. His seven red-zone targets also sees him at second place.
- Hartline currently leads the NFL in reception yards with 455. The Bengals' A.J. Green is second on 428. Week 5? Dolphins at Bengals. Showtime.
- He ranks 179th in YAC this season with 20 yards. Um, wow.
- Hartline began his football career as a QB. He switched to WR in his sophomore year.
- The 6'2 WR is now on pace for a 100-reception, 1,820-yard season. Not bad.
- Hartline is only 160 yards off his career-best 615 yards in 2010. Going on his current trend, it should only take him 1.25 more games to get there.
What he said
"I really don't know what to say... Losing isn't fun, but there are games where you just get beat. I don't mind saying it -- I don't feel we got beat." - Brian Hartline