Dolphins WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline talk to media after OTA

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are currently holding their first OTA of the 2013 offseason, beginning yesterday and continuing through tomorrow. After the completion of the day, yesterday, Dolphins wide receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline spoke with the media. Here's the transcript as provided by the team:

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace

(On experiencing his first rain storm at practice) - "Yeah I forgot about that part when I came here, but it's all a part of it so it's fine."

(On whether he has learned about the new group of receivers since he's been here, specifically Dustin Keller and Brandon Gibson) - "I learned about those two guys that they look a lot better on the field than in off-season drills. They looked a little slow out there but then they get on the field and they're a lot faster on the field than in workouts."

(On whether he thinks he and Ryan Tannehill will need an adjustment period) - "We'll be fine. It was the first day that we ever went at it with guys defending us. It's always going to take a little time just being on the field running routes, but by the end of OTAs we'll be fine."

(On the capability of the offense) - "We can do anything, anything you go out there and work for. Everybody is going to work hard and come to work every day, and as long as we keep going in that direction, the sky is the limit."

(On how the fast pace of the offense will be helpful)- "Oh it will be helpful for us. Once I get used to it, I thought I was in pretty good shape before today. It is really different just going out there and not really getting a break. It's so up tempo and so fast paced, you just have to get used to it, be able to catch your breath and stay locked in because when you get fatigued things happen sometimes. You've just got to get in good football shape, even better football shape than I was before."

(On what this group needs to do to make it a winning team) - "We just have to stay hungry like we are. I feel like every day, everybody comes in with a great attitude and really works. We're a young team, so that's all we know. Everybody has the college mentality around here, so it's a lot different coming from where I come from with the older guys. I think everybody is hungry, everybody wants to get better, and everybody wants to be what we need to be to have a winning record."

(On what it was like for him going up against Brent Grimes) - "It was cool, man. I like Brent. I liked him as a player before I ever got here. It's a little different going (against) a guy so short. One time Hartline thought he was falling down but he was actually just back peddling, so he's just short. But it's cool though, he's one of the most athletics guys I've ever seen. He can jump, he can run, he can do it all. He plays a lot bigger than his height."

Wide Receiver Brian Hartline

(On how Ryan Tannehill looked) - "I thought he looked pretty good. You guys were probably watching him more than I was. I was just trying to survive. But, it was a good first step. It was a good first day. I'm not going to lie, you do a lot of things on your own to get yourself prepared, but it's never like actually preparing for football. It was a good first step, it needed to be done, and I look forward to tomorrow."

(On whether he will take a larger role in the punt return game this season) - "Possibly. In what situations I couldn't tell you, but they made it a point to tell me to go back there and catch punts every day, so."

(On whether he caught punts at Ohio State) - "I did. Longest return in OSU history."

(On how the communication is with the new receivers) - "It's good. He's obviously a ways under construction, but they want to work hard, so it's an easy fit. Brandon (Gibson) is doing a great job, Mike (Wallace) as well. The young guys are stepping up, and asking questions of Rishard (Matthews) and Armon (Binns) and (Jeff) Fuller, so we are definitely making the right steps, we definitely have the right guys in the room. Now it's just about putting in the work over a period of time."

(On the competitions at the wide receiver position) - "It's great. I mean I've always kind of said it's a passing league, you have to run the football but you have to be very faceted, but you have to be able to throw the football and do it effectively. Have depth have guys that can do many different things brings a lot to the table."

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