The Miami Dolphins went on a spending spree during free agency and they were willing to open up the check book for speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace. The Pittsburgh Steelers were unwilling to shell out that kind of money for Wallace, but Miami felt comfortable and they are not seeing a big return on their investment early on in the season.
After watching the game film from the first four weeks, Rotoworld has discovered Wallace is primarily a one-trick pony for the Dolphins, which was the criticism many had when he was with the Steelers.
If you wanted to pay top dollar for a wide receiver, you want a guy that can do it all — not a many that just stretches the field and runs the nine route only.
Armondo Salguero of the Miami Herald also commented on Wallace’s early work with the Dolphins and pointed out that the team is not moving him around or looking to create any type of mismatches.
Former Pitt. OC Bruce Arians motioned Wallace. Put him in slot at times. Dolphins just line him up on right side 90% of time. No movement.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) October 3, 2013
After four games, Wallace has just 15 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. The Dolphins were obviously hoping to get much more out of Wallace.
If the team continues to use him in just one way, the threat that he presents to defenses will no longer exist.
Miami needs to get Wallace more involved and move him around, so that teams don’t know what he will be doing on every play. If they fail to do that, then their big money contract from the offseason will look like a waste and Wallace could become a problem in the locker room as he begins to express his unhappiness.