Aug 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) takes the field with teammates before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Wallace working to become better run-blocker


The Miami Dolphins spent a lot of money on wide receiver Mike Wallace during free agency, but he is hoping that he will be able to bring much more to the team than just a speedy receiver that can stretch the field and he is off to a good start.

Surprisingly, it has been Wallace’s blocking that has stood out during the preseason tape. A Wallace block helped spring Lamar Miller to the endzone on a nine-yard run, while paving the way for another 20-yarder.

Wallace said that he has been working to get better as a run-blocker and he has to be pleased with the film he has seen so far.

I’m trying to get better at blocking,” Wallace said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “That’s one of the weaker parts of my game and I’m trying to get better at it.”

It has been paying off.

Wallace added that the coaching staff replayed one of his blocks a few times and that has motivated him to continue bettering himself.

“Of course, coach was pointing me out, told me I had a great block, put it on the film,” Wallace said. “So that makes me want to go out and get some more of them.”

One of the knocks on Wallace has always been that he is a bit of a one-trick pony. If he can round out his game with the run-blocking, he will be worth the money that Miami threw his way during their offseason spending spree.

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