2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Newcomer Wallace off to fast start with Dolphins

By STEVEN WINE - AP Sports Writer
    2013-07-22 20:02

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Mike Wallace sprung from his stance, wiggled once and accelerated past an outclassed defensive back with the ease of a Saturday morning cartoon character going ``beep-beep.''

That wasn't the only time Wallace sped into the clear during the first two days of Miami Dolphins training camp. He has started fast with his new team.

Yes, there have been miscommunications with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, incompletions and even a dropped pass or two. But it's evident Wallace can really run.

``A rare breed,'' fellow receiver Brian Hartline said Monday.

``You saw it on the first play,'' cornerback Richard Marshall said. ``He made a double move and was gone.''

``He's a pretty elite talent,'' Tannehill said. ``He has a speed that not many guys have, especially in football.''

Wallace cashed in last March, when the Dolphins made him their highest-paid player by signing him to a $60 million, five-year free agent contract. Coach Joe Philbin is counting on Wallace to provide the deep threat long missing in Miami, and to help end the team's streak of four consecutive losing seasons.

``That's what I'm here for,'' Wallace said. ``That's why coach brought me in. He wants the best players to bring to the table.''

Wallace was a winner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who went 43-25 during his four seasons there, including one trip to the Super Bowl. Miami went 27-37 during the same stretch, largely because of a sluggish offense hamstrung by the inability to produce big plays.

Wallace averaged 17.2 yards per catch with the Steelers and made at least 60 receptions each of the past three years. He also totaled 32 touchdowns, three more than all of the Dolphins' wide receivers totaled over the same span.

Speed scores. For Tannehill the biggest challenge will be not underthrowing Wallace.

``It's fun to think that I always have to get it out there,'' Tannehill said.

He and Wallace worked together a lot during the offseason, but the first training camp drills made it clear their timing is still not there, especially on deep passes.

``I think with Ryan, we will be on the same page soon,'' Wallace said. ``We're on track to where we need to be.''

Wallace meshed quickly with Ben Roethlisberger, catching six touchdown passes as a rookie in 2009. But Wallace was then a lightly regarded third-round draft pick coming off the bench, and he'll be Tannnehill's No. 1 target.

``Two different quarterbacks at two different times,'' Wallace said. ``I'm not really going to compare those guys.''

He's also disinclined to make any predictions about the Dolphins becoming playoff contenders.

``You want to have great expectations for yourself,'' he said. ``But at the same time you don't want to put too much on yourself.''

Fan expectations are significant, in part because Wallace helped transform the weakest area on the Dolphins' roster into a strength.

He's joined in the pass-catching corps by Brandon Gibson, who caught five touchdown passes for the Rams last year; tight end Dustin Keller, who had 17 scoring receptions over the past five years with the Jets; and Hartline, who signed a $30.8 million, five-year deal in March after making a career-best 74 receptions for Miami in 2012.

Wallace becomes the leader of the group, even though he's only 26. He said he'll follow the examples of Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El and Jericho Cotchery, his mentors in Pittsburgh.

``I was always used to being the youngest or the second-youngest in the room,'' Wallace said. ``So it's an entirely different thing for me, but I embrace the role. I like it.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Drew StantonSep 17 09:45p

Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton is in line to start his second straight game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 with QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) sidelined. It [ More ]

John AbrahamSep 17 09:13p

Arizona Cardinals LB John Abraham (concussion), LB Alex Okafor (thigh) and DE Frostee Rucker (calf) each did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. LB Larry Foote (shoulder) and P Dave [ More ]

Andre EllingtonSep 17 09:13p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

B. Green-EllisSep 17 08:03p

Several clubs have reportedly reached out to free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Bengals), who is still in the process of rehab after suffering a hip injury in the preseason.

Jonathan DwyerSep 17 08:03p

Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities Wednesday, Sept. 17. The team was made aware of allegations by the Phoenix police and are cooperating [ More ]

Marshawn LynchSep 17 07:53p

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Vernon DavisSep 17 07:43p

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, and he is still on crutches.

Justin SmithSep 17 07:43p

San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (toe), OT Anthony Davis (hamstring), C Marcus Martin (knee), TE Vance McDonald (knee) and DT Justin Smith (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, [ More ]

Terrell ManningSep 17 07:33p

Miami Dolphins LB Terrell Manning was released Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Dion LewisSep 17 07:23p

Arizona Cardinals P Drew Butler, Chicago Bears RB Shaun Draughn and WR Chris X. Williams, Houston Texans LB Jason Ankrah, Indianapolis Colts RB Dion Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars OT Cameron [ More ]

Jonathan DwyerSep 17 07:03p

Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer is being questioned for a domestic violence incident, according to sources. However, he hasn't been arrested, and his status remains unchanged.

Kelvin BenjaminSep 17 07:03p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Dwan EdwardsSep 17 06:53p

Carolina Panthers OT Byron Bell (toe), WR Philly Brown (ankle), OT Nate Chandler (toe), LB Thomas Davis (hip), DT Dwan Edwards (back), RB Mike Tolbert (chest), RB Fozzy Whittaker [ More ]

DeAngelo WilliamsSep 17 06:53p

Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Shane VereenSep 17 06:43p

New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (shoulder) has been added to this week's injury report, and he was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Julian EdelmanSep 17 06:43p

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) was added to the injury report and was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Alfonzo DennardSep 17 06:43p

New England Patriots S Don Jones (hamstring) and LB Jerod Mayo (non-injury) didn't practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. DE Michael Buchanan (ankle), LB Jamie Collins (thigh), OG Dan Connolly (knee), [ More ]

Mike PounceySep 17 06:23p

Miami Dolphins DE Terrence Fede (knee), LB Koa Misi (ankle) and OG Shelley Smith (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. OT Branden Albert (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (calf), [ More ]

Ryan CladySep 17 06:13p

Denver Broncos DT Marvin Austin (non-injury), LB Lerentee McCray (knee) and LB Danny Trevathan (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. S David Bruton (shoulder) and OG Ben Garland [ More ]

Cyrus GraySep 17 06:03p

Kansas City Chiefs DB Husain Abdullah (foot, quadriceps), RB Cyrus Gray (foot), WR Frankie Hammond (shoulder), WR Junior Hemingway (hip), OL Eric Kush (shoulder), LB Josh Martin (quadriceps, triceps) [ More ]

M. Jones-DrewSep 17 06:03p

Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Matt McCantsSep 17 06:03p

Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (ankle), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), WR Rod Streater (hip) and DE Justin Tuck (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. CB Chimdi Chekwa (knee), [ More ]

Anthony SpencerSep 17 05:53p

Dallas Cowboys DT Davon Coleman (knee), LB Justin Durant (groin), LB Rolando McClain (groin) and RB Joseph Randle (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. DT Ken Bishop (illness), [ More ]

Montell OwensSep 17 05:53p

Detroit Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee), LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. DT Nick Fairley (biceps), SS [ More ]

Brad JonesSep 17 05:43p

Green Bay Packers OT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and DB Micah Hyde (knee) both were limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. CB Casey Hayward (glute) and LB Brad Jones (quadriceps) [ More ]

Shaun HillSep 17 05:43p

St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Scott WellsSep 17 05:43p

St. Louis Rams CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Barrett Jones (back), TE Cory Harkey (knee) and C Scott Wells (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. CB Brandon McGee (foot) was limited.

Tavon AustinSep 17 05:43p

St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Kirk CousinsSep 17 05:23p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could return around eight weeks after head coach Jon Gruden said Griffin will be in a cast for the next 10 days. [ More ]

Johnathan JosephSep 17 05:23p

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and S Shiloh Keo (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (foot), OG Ben Jones (ankle, knee), CB Johnathan Joseph [ More ]

Adrian PetersonSep 17 05:23p

The Minnesota Vikings intend to bring RB Adrian Peterson back after his legal issues are resolved.

Arian FosterSep 17 05:23p

Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group