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Bengals at Dolphins: Positional Analysis

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Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) tries to intercept a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receivers:

AJ Green has 734 yards and 5 TDs. The Dolphins top 2 WRs (Hartline and Wallace) have 834 yards and 3 TDs combined. Now with the season ending injury to Brandon Gibson (3 TDs), Green may be better than all 3 of the Dolphins WRs combined. Now with the emergence of Jones and Sanu (and possibly the return of Hawkins), the Bengals are heads and heels above the Dolphins WRs.

The Dolphins don’t have a “true #1” WR – Brian Hartline is a quality WR but not a true #1, and Wallace is paid like a #1, but does not play/produce like one. Part of Tannehill’s minimal progress in his second year may be the result of his new and less QB friendly supporting crew. Wallace may have a big price tag and lots of speed, but he is a poor route runner, has questionable hands, and a poor attitude. In 2012, Tannehill had Hartline, a sure handed and good route running WR (Bess) and an explosive check down option (Bush).

Tannehill’s shiny new toy has just 2 more catches (30), 137 more yards (398) and 1 more TD (1) than the bargin toy he replaced (Bess).Now with the loss of Gibson (ACL), Tannehill will have little NFL experience in the passing game outside of Hartline and Wallace.

Advantage: Bengals

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