"After trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears, cornerback Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts and electing to select QB Ryan Tannehill with their eighth overall pick, it became clear the beady eyes of the helmet-wearing porpoise were set only on the future. The Dolphins, however, became a surprisingly competitive group in 2012, finishing second in the AFC East and leapfrogging the trainwreck New York Jets and preseason darling Buffalo Bills. Their incredibly stout defense had a lot to do with that after finishing the season seventh in terms of points allowed, resting on the shoulders of premier pass rusher Cameron Wake and linebacker Karlos Dansby.
The offensive output, however, would have to come from something of an unknown. It would be silly to rely completely on the raw and unproven rookie quarterback, and even after coming off of a stellar 2011 campaign, the approach would have to extend beyond running back Reggie Bush.
Enter wide receiver Brian Hartline.
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