Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel hasn’t been impressed at all with wide receiver Mike Wallace so far in training camp.
I’ve noticed two things about Wallace so far. He drops his share of passes in practice, and he doesn’t always run full speed. For whatever reason he’s rarely in gear five, and the reason I know this is because when he makes a cut its usually effortless. The fact he isn’t at full speed keeps a cornerback from going into gear five, and as a result Brent Grimes, the deflection king, usually makes pretty good breaks on his balls.Wallace and Tannehill need to work on their chemistry. I haven’t seen the pair connect on a long-ball during 11-on-11s yet, and we’re going back to OTAs and minicamp. Keep in mind that Wallace was Ben Roethlisberger’s homerun swing. Those two ate off broken plays, improvisation, and deep balls. Will Wallace be the same kind of weapon if he doesn’t receive the same opportunities with the Dolphins?
Of all the new additions the Dolphins made I’d be lying if I told you Wallace has been the most impressive. He’s probably fourth or fifth on the list at this point. But truth is I’m a patient man, and I understand players like Wallace change how defenses defend the entire team.
Keep in mind the Dolphins can easily feed Wallace opportunities when the team begins to gameplan.The slant will be there if teams give him a speed cushion. The out will be open because Tannehill has the arm to throw it. And Miami can run reverses and throw digs. The Dolphins can also put Wallace in motion to get favorable matchups.
Right now Miami’s just practicing. Like Allen Iverson says, “we’re talking about practice, not a game. Practice!. The offense is simply getting the basics out of the way, so we shouldn’t overreact to the fact Wallace isn’t destroying cornerbacks after three days.
Just like Wallace has to wait for his quarterback to throw him the deep ball, Dolphins fans need to be patient for him to get going.
It’s true that not every player practices well and it’s not a surprise that Wallace and Tannehill haven’t gotten their chemistry down. That will happen in time. I wouldn’t take much away from how Wallace has looked so far. Let’s wait and see what happens when the regular season is here.