2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Dolphins not perfect, but handle Browns in opener

By TOM WITHERS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-09 02:51

CLEVELAND (AP) - Mike Wallace's speediest route may have been the one from Miami's locker room to the bus.

Following the Dolphins' 23-10 win Sunday over the Browns, an upset Wallace didn't want to discuss his forgettable debut with his new team. The lightning-fast wide receiver, who signed a five-year, $30-million free-agent contract with Miami in March after spending four seasons as Pittsburgh's over-the-top threat, was visibly upset after catching just one pass for 15 yards.

``Ask coach,'' was all Wallace offered when poked for comment.

Wallace was only targeted on three passes - none in the first half - by second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who completed 16 passes to Brian Hartline (9) and Brandon Gibson (7) in the win. Wallace was signed to help Tannehill, and he'll have 15 more games to live up to his contract, assuming, that is, the Dolphins make him a bigger part of the game plan than they did against the Browns.

The Dolphins won despite gaining just 20 yards rushing. Coach Joe Philbin acknowledged that formula won't work often.

``That's not a good way to live in the NFL, you've gotta have balance,'' Philbin said.

Wallace seemed to put his personal interests ahead of the team, but Tannehill said the speedster helped as decoy.

``They were clouding up on Mike, which was singling up Hartline on the back side, so it's kind of one of those things,'' said Tannehill, who played wide receiver at Texas A&M before switching to quarterback. ``It's frustrating for Mike but then it opens up the other side for Hartline.''

Wallace's situation is worth monitoring, and so will the days ahead for the Browns, who dropped to 1-14 in season openers since 1999 and disappointed a crowd brimming with optimism.

Here are five things to know from watching the Dolphins bash the Browns:

1. TANNEHILL'S TALENT: Miami's young QB displayed polish and poise.

He finished 24 of 38 for 272 yards and one touchdown, a beautifully thrown 34-yarder to Hartline in the third quarter. Tannehill waited for Hartline to make a second move on cornerback Buster Skrine before hitting him in stride down the left sideline.

But Tannehill shined most on Miami's game-clinching, 85-yard TD drive in the fourth. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 78 yards to set up Daniel Thomas' 1-yard plunge.

``Any quarterback's job is to get the ball in the end zone,'' Tannehill said. ``It felt really good, we got into a rhythm.''

2. WEEDEN'S WOES: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden got treated roughly by Miami's defense and some Cleveland fans.

He threw three interceptions - two on deflections off receiver's hands - and was sacked six times. Weeden was officially hit 16 times by Miami's defense, which teed off on Browns second-year right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and fill-in right guard Oneil Cousins, who was called for two holding penalties, a false start and a hands-to-the-face infraction.

Weeden went 26 of 53 for 289 yards, respectable numbers. But he forced a few passes and heard scattered boos from Browns backers in the final minutes.

3. WAKE-UP CALL: Miami's Cameron Wake spent his afternoon in Cleveland's backfield.

He recorded 2 1/2 sacks, hurried Weeden several times and was arguably the best player on the field. Wake's pressure forced the Browns to keep a running back near Weeden for protection, but that didn't even work.

Wake is the leader of a strong, deep defensive line that includes rookie Dion Jordan, who registered his first career sack in the final two minutes.

``We have a lot of guys that can do a lot of things pretty well,'' Wake said. ``We have guys who can stand up, that can drop, rush the middle, rush the outside.''

4. MISERY LOVES COMPANY: Rob Chudzinski's debut as Cleveland's coach went the same way as it has for his six predecessors.

The Browns have not won in an opener for any of their first-year coaches since Bud Carson in 1989. Bill Belichick (1991), Chris Palmer (1991), Butch Davis (2001), Romeo Crennel (2005), Eric Mangini (2007) and Pat Shurmur (2011) all lost their first games with Cleveland.

The performance may have been an eye opener to Chudzinski and his staff, who have one of the NFL's youngest teams.

``There were points in the game where I thought we were going to get over the hump but we weren't able to do it,'' he said.

5. HOMETOWN HERO: Hartline is from just down the road in Canton, but he made Cleveland look like his backyard.

The former Ohio State wideout took advantage of the Browns' decision to focus on Wallace and finished with nine catches for 114 yards. In addition to his 34-yard TD, Hartline caught three passes on Miami's final TD drive.

``I was just trying to do my part,'' Hartline said. ``We started kind of slowly as an offense. We could have definitely gotten off to a better start. We kind of let the plays come to us, so I was there when the team needed us to move the chains. I had the opportunity to make a big play and I was able to do it.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Tramaine BrockOct 1 08:53p

San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (toe) is likely out another week. He was able to start on-field rehab work with the team's strength and conditioning staff. He has [ More ]

Vernon DavisOct 1 08:53p

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. He said he is experiencing some back spasms, and is listed a 'day to day.'

Justin SmithOct 1 08:43p

San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (toe), OT Anthony Davis (ankle, knee) and DE Justin Smith (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. FS Antoine Bethea (ankle), DE [ More ]

Brandon ThompsonOct 1 08:23p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), DE Robert Geathers (toe), DE Margus Hunt (shoulder), OG Mike Pollak (knee), DT Brandon Thompson (knee) and OG Kevin Zeitler (calf) were unable [ More ]

Andre EllingtonOct 1 08:23p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) has seen improvement with his foot injury, although he is still not at 100 percent. However, he is able to practice more, and [ More ]

Dave ZastudilOct 1 08:23p

Arizona Cardinals OG Paul Fanaika (knee), LB Alex Okafor (thihg), DE Frostee Rucker (calf) and P Dave Zastudil (groin) were each listed as limited participants for practice Wednesday, Oct. [ More ]

Alfonzo DennardOct 1 08:23p

New England Patriots FS Nate Ebner (finger) and OT Cameron Fleming (finger) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. LB Jamie Collins (thigh), CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), LB [ More ]

Kendall JamesOct 1 07:33p

The Houston Texans signed free-agent CBs Charles James (Giants) and Kendall James (Vikings) to their practice squad Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Shiloh KeoOct 1 07:23p

Chicago Bears LB Terrell Manning and WR Rashad Ross, Houston Texans S Shiloh Keo and Jacksonville Jaguars DBs Deion Belue and Winston Guy cleared waivers and became free agents Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Derek CarrOct 1 07:03p

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) said he expects to play against the San Diego Chargers in Week 6 following the team's bye week.

Dashon GoldsonOct 1 06:43p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Larry English (hamstring), SS Dashon Goldson (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (ankle) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. [ More ]

Carson PalmerOct 1 06:43p

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) isn't being ruled out for Week 5 against the Denver Broncos by head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said Palmer [ More ]

Anthony SpencerOct 1 06:33p

Dallas Cowboys LB Bruce Carter (thigh) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. DT Henry Melton (hamstring) and DE Anthony Spencer (knee) were limited, while LB Rolando McClain (groin) practiced in full.

Dez BryantOct 1 06:33p

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) had his first full practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, since injuring his shoulder in Week 2. He has caught nine passes for 133 yards [ More ]

Jonathan GoodwinOct 1 06:23p

New Orleans Saints C Jonathan Goodwin (neck), RB Erik Lorig (ankle) and CB Corey White (foot) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. OT Terron Armstead (concussion), [ More ]

Joe ThomasOct 1 06:23p

Cleveland Browns WR Marlon Moore (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. DE Desmond Bryant (gluteus, wrist) and OT Joe Thomas (non-injury) were limited, while LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) [ More ]

Brandon MarshallOct 1 06:13p

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) practiced without restrictions Wednesday, Oct. 1, for the first time in a while. 'It was good to get him (Marshall) back out there [ More ]

Roberto GarzaOct 1 06:13p

Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs (knee), S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), LB Shea McClellin (hand) and LB D.J. Williams (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. DE Jared Allen (illness), [ More ]

Louis VasquezOct 1 06:13p

Denver Broncos S Quinton Carter (knee), TE Virgil Green (concussion), LB Danny Trevathan (knee) and G Louis Vasquez (rib cage) were full participants in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. LB [ More ]

Terrell SuggsOct 1 05:53p

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (illness), DT Timmy Jernigan (knee), OT Eugene Monroe (knee) and LB Terrell Suggs (thigh) all did not participate in practice Wednedsay, Oct. 1. CB [ More ]

Tamba HaliOct 1 05:53p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) and S Eric Berry (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. LB Tamba Hali (knee) and CB Sean Smith (groin) were limited, [ More ]

Ryan MathewsOct 1 05:43p

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) said he's feeling good, but he has no timetable for when he might return. He wants to make sure he's fully healthy [ More ]

Dee MillinerOct 1 05:33p

New York Jets WR David Nelson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. OG Willie Colon (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), CB Dee Milliner (quadriceps) and SS Calvin Pryor [ More ]

Tavon AustinOct 1 05:33p

St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Shaun HillOct 1 05:33p

St. Louis Rams CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Barrett Jones (back) and CB Brandon McGee (foot) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. QB Shaun Hill (thigh) fully practiced.

Dwight FreeneyOct 1 05:33p

San Diego Chargers LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), C Richard Ohrnberger (back), LB Manti Te'o (foot), LB Reggie Walker (ankle) and CB Shareece Wright (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. [ More ]

Odell Beckham Jr.Oct 1 05:23p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will be a part of the game plan heading into the team's Week 5 game. Beckham did everything in practice Wednesday, [ More ]

Marvin JonesOct 1 05:03p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1, because of a possible ankle injury. The injury does not appear to be related to his broken foot.

Andre JohnsonOct 1 04:53p

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Julio JonesOct 1 04:53p

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Roy MillerOct 1 04:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz (concussion), WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) and TE Mickey Shuler (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. DE Ryan Davis (shoulder), DT Roy Miller (ankle) [ More ]

Brett KeiselOct 1 04:53p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness), LB James Harrison (illness), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), SS Mike Mitchell (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury), LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and CB Ike [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group