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Rishard Matthews to take over slot role
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:09am
But there is some concern about the process being rushed because Matthews doesn't have much experience playing the slot receiver role, which involves a lot of route adjustments and defensive reads.
Matthews has practiced in the slot going back to last season, but not on a full-time basis. Even quarterback Ryan Tannehill admits his chemistry with Matthews will be a factor in the passing game moving forward.
"It takes time and some reps," Tannehill said. "It is a chemistry thing in the slot, knowing when to get uncovered, hot throws, timing in and out [of breaks]. But I feel good about it. I feel like he has a good handle on it."
Thursday, September 12, 2013, 10:48am
"I’m going to play the quarterback position the way the coaches install the plays," Tannehill said. "I’m going to go through the reads just like they install it. We’re going to try and get him the ball when he’s in the play, but we’re not going to force him the ball."
The Colts don't have a corner like Joe Haden, so Wallace should be better in Week 2. Just don't expect him to explode in production given Tannehill's comments and their relative lack of chemistry in the preseason.
Dustin Keller out for the season
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 9:03am
The good news for Keller is the source said the injury is not believed to be career-threatening and that he could be back to work next spring. Keller will undergo an MRI on Sunday to confirm all of these initial fears.
This is obviously a big loss for the 'Fins and QB Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins will ask Charles Clay, Michael Egnew and rookie Dion Sims to step up. What's even sadder for Keller is he turned down a four-year deal, instead signing a one-year contract in hopes of a bigger pay day after 2013. There was serious concern that it was a potential career-threatening injury, but that no longer looks to be the case.
Mike Wallace has had an unimpressive camp
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 11:26pm
Dolphins WR Mike Wallace isn't a strong practice performer, he struggled in his contract year and he's just been set with generational wealth. I heard that Dolphins corner Nolan Carroll, not exactly a household name, pretty much had his way with Wallace through OTAs, he's already been nicked up in preseason and he's a guy who shows up in flashes more than on every drive, the way you would expect the fourth-highest paid receiver in the game to do so.
We're skeptical that Wallace will have a big impact in his first season in Miami, especially since he has had trouble building chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill. We currently have him ranked #30 in standard formats.
Mike Wallace misses practice
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:34pm
At least four of the Dolphins' receivers have sustained injuries in camp, and Mike Wallace also stood on the sideline for all of team drills during Wednesday night’s practice, for reasons the team would not explain.
Wallace participated in individual drills and appeared to be moving normally. Coach Joe Philbin refused to discuss Wallace’s status or why he did not play in Monday’s scrimmage.
What’s more, Brian Hartline did not participate in Wednesday’s practice and appears to be nursing an injury to his lower leg, in the calf area. Hartline declined to discuss his injury, saying his absence from Monday’s scrimmage “was coach’s decision — nothing to do with me.” He missed all of last preseason with a calf injury.
There have also been reports that Wallace and QB Ryan Tannehill haven't shown good chemistry thus far in camp. Missing practice won't help with that.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:15pm
Perhaps the most noticeable improvement Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has made thus far from last year to this year has nothing to do with his ability to read a defense and make a throw but rather with his comfort level in his new role as a leader.
"He looks and sounds like a guy who is exponentially more comfortable than last year," says The Finsiders host and preseason play-by-play man Jesse Agler. "There’s a confidence, a sense of ‘I got this’ that he seems to have."
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1:36pm
Tannehill on Saturday looked as sharp as he has all camp, hitting Wallace on a pair of deep throws during 1-on-1 drills against cornerback Brent Grimes.
After practice Wallace said he and Tannehill “are going to progress every day” but that the chemistry isn’t there yet.
“We’ve got a long way to go, man,” Wallace said. “But we have a long time to prepare … we’ll be fine.”
Wallace comes in ranked 23rd but has a chance to finish as a solid WR2 if that chemistry develops. Wallace's ADP is the sixth round - about a round lower than some other WRs around him on our list, which shows owners are taking a shot a littler earlier than his current value.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 1:26pm
Wallace hasn't roasted any cornerbacks deep.... YET. Without hitting we really can't tell his run-after-catch skills.....YET. And to be completely honest, Wallace doesn't have great chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill....YET.
That was evident the entire offseason.
However, I can't help but recall Brandon Marshall's first training camp as a Dolphin. The four-time Pro Bowler truly lived up to his "Beast" nickname by pushing around all of Miami's defensive backs back in that 2010 camp.
Mike Wallace has the #17 PPG average (in standard formats) over the last two seasons, and if he's able to develop a rapport with QB Ryan Tannehill this offseason, he should be a capable fantasy WR2 in 2013. His YPC (13.1) and Catch % (55%) dropped, but that was partly due to Ben Roethilsberger missing three games during the season. Even though he had a down year in 2012, he averaged 4.5-63-.67 in 12 games with Roethlisberger, which are similar to his 4.5-75-.50 averages in 2011. We typically prefer receivers whose situations are obviously improved (or at least relatively unchanged), but Wallace should be able to make some noise in South Beach if he can get on the same page as his quarterback. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 12:07pm
Tannehill is a popular breakout candidate in the QB2 ranks. He was decent in his rookie season given a woeful receiving corps (which has been upgraded) and he has one of the easiest schedules in the league.