The Miami Dolphins are looking for more explosive plays in 2013, and they are hoping that wide receiver Mike Wallace provides the vertical stretch that this offense was lacking. Scoring points in the NFL is now at a premium and the Dolphins, who averaged only 18 points per game, are hoping that Wallace can provide excitement and production to help this team on the scoreboard. His career numbers in touchdowns (32) and yards per reception (17.5) should give Miami more scoring opportunities, and provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill a big-play receiver going into his second season.
Wallace has the speed and ability to effect coverage and, as a result, should also help the running game by keeping defenders from crowding the line of scrimmage. It will also help fellow wide-outs Brian Hartline and Davone Bess get ample space in the secondary, allowing Tannehill to deliver the football on time and with precision. Wallace not only has the ability to get behind a defense, but his run after catch qualities give this offense the ability to stay on the field and extend drives. He has the ability to turn a quick slant into a game-changing play, something that this offense missed last season. In each of his four seasons in the league, Wallace has had plays of over 56 yards, and in the last two seasons, plays of 95 yards (in 2011) and 82 yards in 2012.
In my opinion, Wallace gives Miami instant help at their greatest position of need. This move should give Dolphins fans the belief that by adding a player with his attributes and skill set, this offense just improved it’s ability to score and compete at a higher level in 2013.
Hear fellow Finsider and former Dolphin great, OJ McDuffie provide his inside analysis on Wallace.
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