Mike Wallace Fantasy News
Mike Wallace likes Miami's new offense
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:27am
What Mike Wallace found in his return to Miami: A whole new offense, one that he believes is better suited to his strengths.
“My style: Big-play offense,” Wallace said, referring to first-year coordinator Bill Lazor’s new system. “I see [Ryan Tannehill is] excited about it. He’s called me about eight, nine times.
“I just want to make some plays for my team,” Wallace continued. “Go out and make some plays for my team and have a much better year than last year. We can't have the kind of year we had last year. We need to be on the same page.”
Wallace had a career-high 73 catches last year, his first in Miami, but believes he left 15 to 20 touchdowns on the field because he and Tannehill could never figure out the deep ball.
“It’s a process,” said Joe Philbin, also appearing on the team-run radio program. “We feel like we’re going to see greater dividends this year.”
Wallace finished as the #25 receiver in 2013 and is currently the #36 WR off the board in the 8th round. He will have a chance to bounce back this season in Lazor's offense. It's good to hear that he's a fan of Lazor's approach.
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Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:58am
Two Dolphins people dispute a CBS report that Joe Philbin will have a shorter leash on Ryan Tannehill and might play Matt Moore. But the Dolphins feel strongly that Tannehill must improve his chemistry with Mike Wallace. One Dolphins official said Tannehill can throw a ball anticipating where Brian Hartline will be, but cannot consistently with Wallace.
Mike Wallace wants to work on the deep ball
Sunday, January 26, 2014, 11:33am
"We have to,” Wallace said. “Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That’s the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that’s being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it’s over.”
But if the deep ball isn’t thrown accurately, or caught, it’s moot.
Consider: Of balls in the air at least 20 yards, Tannehill threw 36 such passes to Wallace, and only six were completed --- the worst percentage of 22 deep-threat receivers ranked by PFF. Of those 36, only eight were deemed catchable and Wallace dropped two.
Wallace says he was just being "modest" saying that he should have had "15 or 20 more touchdowns" but he only scored five TDs in 2013 and four of those came in the final six weeks, so there were signs of improvement. The deep ball was a rarity, however, and it sounds like Wallace is eager to develop chemistry with Tannehill.
Mike Wallace active for Dolphins
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 2:59pm
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 4:11pm
The Dolphins are a late afternoon game so have a backup plan just in case but it looks like he'll give it a go.
Mike Wallace still not accustomed to Ryan Tannehill
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:56am
“We’ve got to be able to throw the ball deep,” said Wallace, whose seven drops are third most in the league. “We have to be able to back people up and not have people sitting us. We have to balance it out.”
Sherman said he has tried to throw deep, but “for whatever reason, something has happened here or there.”
Even after working together since May, Wallace said Tuesday he’s still not completely accustomed to playing with Tannehill. “He’s more of a timing quarterback,” Wallace said. His former QB in Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger, “is a guy who extends plays and makes things happen.”
Wallace has been a disappointment, but he has seen 10+ targets in the last three games. He's a high-risk WR2/WR3 this week against the Bengals.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 10:51am
Asked if the Dolphins need to throw deep more to WR Mike Wallace, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said that’s “easy to say [but] coverage dictates a lot of that. We’re getting more two safety-looks to take away deeper looks. We called 12 deep balls [Monday]. They didn’t go there because coverage didn’t allow it to go there. You can’t force things when they’re not there.”
Wallace has been a disappointment thus far in Miami. Other than a nice 9-115-1 outing in Week 2 against the Colts, he's averaging 2-20 in his other three games. At best, he's a WR3 at this point.
Mike Wallace active for Dolphins
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 2:50pm
WR Mike Wallace is active as expected.
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:45am