The Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Mike Wallace to a massive five year, $60 million contract last offseason. It’s safe to say Wallace didn’t live up to his paycheck in his first year with the team, catching 73 balls for 930 yards and five scores.
But Wallace just might be in store for a bounce-back season, speculates James Walker of ESPN’s NFL Nation.
Boding well for Walkers’ prediction is that Wallace recently told the Palm Beach Post that he and quarterback Ryan Tannehill are working on their deep-ball chemistry, a huge element of Wallace’s game.
It’s not going to be one time where we hit it and then it’s over. We’ve got to continually do it every day. That’s why we work, man, and keep working. I know we’ve been saying it for a while but I think in two weeks hopefully we can hit one.”
The Dolphins are surely hoping Walker’s beliefs are on the money and the work Wallace and Tannehill are putting in pays off. Miami needs Tannehill to take the next step forward in 2014 and having a top wide receiver to rely on would help that process.
Also, the Dolphins ranked 20th in passing yards per game this past season and that simply won’t cut it if Miami wants to rebound from an 8-8 season to make a run at the postseason.
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Wallace with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The 28-year-old has 308 catches for 4,972 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career.