Brian Hartline — B+
Everyone knew that Brian Hartline was going to be a target for Tannehill. Yet despite that Hartline still turned in a very well played game despite not producing as much as one would think.
But when a catch was needed, Hartline was there. Only targeted six times throughout the afternoon (by my count), Hartline caught four of those passes for 59 yards, while another pass to him drew a key pass interference penalty on the Bengals in the fourth quarter.
Was it spectacular? No, but it was solid, and just what Miami needed.
Davone Bess — B
Davone Bess only had two catches for 29 yards, and was targeted many more times.
But two of those targets were long passes where Tannehill was attempting to go long. Both times Tannehill overthrew his target by at least five yards.
As for Bess' receptions, each one played an important role in keeping a drive alive, especially a 28-yard reception on a third-and-nine in the third quarter that set up Reggie Bush's 13-yard touchdown run to put Miami up 14-6.
Anthony Fasano — B
Fasano is another target of Tannehill's who didn't get many passes thrown to him, but made key catches when needed. One catch that went for 10 yards in the second quarter would set up Miami's first touchdown of the game, a one yard run by Daniel Thomas.
Fasano was a big safety blanket and showed sure hands, just as you'd expect from him.
Charles Clay — C-
Charles Clay started off the afternoon playing very well and looking like he would be integrated into the offense more, as he had three catches for 35 yards.
But in the fourth quarter, Clay fell apart. The very first offensive drive of the fourth quarter for Miami started off with a beautiful Ryan Tannehill pass that went right into Clay's hands. Unfortunately Clay seemed inspired by Bengals' wide receiver A.J. Green's juggling abilities and juggled the pass that would've gone for not only a first down but at least 10 more yards. Mr. Clay feel free to take up juggling in your spare time (it helps with hand-eye coordination, which is somewhat for a tight end or H-Back), but not while you're actually trying to catch the ball!
Clay had two more blunders on Miami's final offensive drive (not counting the kneel-down). First came another dropped pass that Clay seemed like he was juggling. I could give him a pass there since he did have some contact with a Bengals player, but the ball again went into his hands. The next blunder came a few plays later on third-and-eight. The Dolphins called a nice screen play that Cincinnati's defense had snuffed out. Clay was able to gain some yards, but would be met by at least three or four Bengals had he attempted the first down. Just by getting tackled in bounds, the Dolphins would've still run at least 0:45 seconds off the clock (which was at 1:53).
Clay wound up stepping out of bounds, which would have been disastrous had it not been for Reshad Jones' interception.