What's buzzing:

Shutdown Corner

Dolphins teammates think Brian Hartline is underrated because he’s white

Shutdown Corner

View photo

.

Believe it or not, this guy is fast. (Getty Images)

Despite catching just four passes for 59 yards in last Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals — nearly 200 fewer yards than he had the week before against the Arizona Cardinals — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline remains the NFL's leader in receiving yardage and ranks in the Top 10 with a 17.7-yard per-catch average (which ranks ninth).

According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, Hartline believes he can be the deep threat the Dolphins offense has allegedly been lacking. Volin notes that when Hartline was in high school in Ohio, he was state champion in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and briefly competed in track while at Ohio State University. Hartline ran a 4.52-40 at the 2009 scouting combine and a 4.49-40 at Ohio State's pro day, respectable numbers for a 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver, yet many don't feel he has the speed to be a deep threat at the NFL level.

With so few white wide receivers in the NFL these days — Volin counts 18 among the 194 on current NFL rosters — race could play a role in Hartline's underrated speed.

"Yeah, man. Definitely." Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess said when asked if race prompted opponents to underestimate Hartline's speed. "He can run. That's good that they sleep on him, because come game time he can open up on them."

Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill can relate. The 2012 first-round pick was moved to wide receiver as a freshman, catching 112 passes for 1,596 yards and 10 touchdowns before being moved back to quarterback on a full-time basis midway through his junior season.

"I've had that label before, too. It's just kind of a stigma that comes with it," Tannehill said. "If it helps you, then it helps you. I don't know if teams underestimate him or anything, but he's making plays for us, and it doesn't matter what color you are."

If Hartline finishes the season as the NFL leader in receiving yards, he'll be the first white receiver to do so since 1985, when Seattle Seahawks Hall of Fame receiver and future United States Congressman Steve Largent led the league with 1,287 yards.

View Comments (235)
  • Froome pulls out of Spanish Vuelta with broken foot

    Chris Froome pulled out of the Spanish Vuelta on Thursday after fracturing a bone in his right foot. The two-time Tour de France champion - and two-time Vuelta runner-up - said on his Twitter account that the navicular bone in his foot was … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago
  • Pirelli inquiry reveals 'unusual number of cuts' in F1 tires

    Pirelli inquiry reveals 'unusual number of cuts' in F1 tires

    Pirelli says that ''a highly unusual number of cuts'' were reported by the Formula One tire supplier's engineers at the Belgian Grand Prix, one of which caused the failure on Nico Rosberg's car. While Rosberg's incident occurred in practice, the … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Samoan lock to miss World Cup opener after punch

    Samoan lock to miss World Cup opener after punch

    LONDON (Reuters) - Samoan lock Kane Thompson will miss his nation's first Rugby World Cup clash against the United States in Brighton on Sept. 20 through suspension after punching an opponent, World Rugby said on Thursday. The 33-year-old was … More »

    Reuters - 24 minutes ago
  • Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took his city's newly-launched bid for the 2024 Summer Games to IOC headquarters on Thursday, saying it's time ''to bring the Olympics back home'' to the United States after an absence of nearly three decades. … More »

    AP - Sports - 25 minutes ago
  • Chelsea ties up with India's Wipro in digital, fan engagement drive

    Chelsea ties up with India's Wipro in digital, fan engagement drive

    Reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea FC will team up with Indian IT services group Wipro Ltd to help improve its digital media strategy, the two said a day after rival Manchester United made a similar announcement. Wipro will work to … More »

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago