It was no secret that the Dolphins were looking to add a big-play receiver this offseason, someone who could attack a defense vertically and alleviate some of the burden on Ryan Tannehill.
That’s why, on paper, Mike Wallace was a no-brainer. His speed brings a different dynamic to an offense that was in need of a deep threat, theoretically opening things up for the rest of the Dolphins’ re-tooled receiving corps.
Nobody knows what the new Dolphins receiver is capable of quite like Ben Roethlisberger. On Thursday, the Steelers quarterback called in to The Finsiders to give a quick scouting report on his former teammate.
“Love Mike, was sad to see him go,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s a great teammate, obviously a great player, but I thought he was even better off the field. Just a great guy, great teammate. Miami is very lucky to have him because he’s a great player.”
When an athlete has a skill that is so overwhelming, it tends to lead a vocal minority to undervalue his overall ability. Wallace isn’t immune to this. Many think that, because he is so fast, he must be be a poor route runner or an inconsistent pass catcher.
Roethlisberger said, though, that the “one-trick pony” label isn’t fair or accurate.
“Mike is way more,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s to Mike’s credit. Mike is really focused on becoming a better receiver. So he’s focused on his route running. He’s focused on running out-routes, and curl-routes, and in-routes and doing all the little things that’s required to become a great wide receiver.
“That’s why he, to me, is one of the best in the league, because he not only has that speed – he can run by anybody – but he can run routes and he can get open. That’s why we’re going to miss him, and the Dolphins are lucky to have him.”
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