Now, no one is suggesting that Hartline is in the same class as Marshall as a receiver, but Hartline sure looked impressive in setting career highs with nine catches and 111 yards in the 35-13 victory over Oakland.
It was an even more impressive performance when you consider that Hartline missed virtually all of training camp and the preseason because of a calf injury."Just to see him out on the field is a plus because obviously he's missed so much time," said offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. "I told him, I said you're going to screw everything up for us because everybody is going to miss minicamp, OTAs and preseason and think they can play. He's kind of a coach killer in some ways because of what he was able to do, but I'm pretty excited not just that he was on the field, but the opportunities he had he took advantage of those opportunities, so that was good. It was good to have him out there."
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was asked Friday about Hartline and whether he might be ready to make a big jump in his fourth season, similar to what Jordy Nelson did in Green Bay.
While Philbin wasn't ready to go crazy over Hartline's one big game, he did say he's liked what he's seen from the 2009 fourth-round pick.
"He's contributed in both games and when the ball is thrown to him, he has come down with the ball almost every time, which is an important part of playing receiver. I don't know that you can count on nine receptions every single game; that's hard to manufacture every time. That takes you to 144 for the season.
"So while we're delighted that he had nine last week, game plans change, coverages change and so forth, but I do think he's making improvements and he's developing. Obviously the more he can contribute to the offense, the better."