WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 199||Born: 8-1-1986||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 26): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 25): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 17: vs New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This game is being played for pride (and next season's jobs) as the Dolphins and the Jets are eliminated from playoff contention. These teams last met in Week 13, and Ryan Tannehill was held to 25/35 for 235 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -18 yards. He threw to Mike Wallace and Jarvis Landry 11 times - Wallace grabbed 6/69/0 receiving, while Landry snagged 8/68/0. Over the last two weeks, Tannehill has swung from throwing one TD and two interceptions in the blowout loss to New England (29/47 for 346 yards passing, taking four sacks for -38 yards) to tossing four TDs and one interception (35/47 for 396 yards, with two sacks taken for -19 yards). Jarvis Landry (20 for 16/130/0), Charles Clay (17 for 12/173/0), Mike Wallace (12 for 10/163/3) and Damien Williams (10 for 8/59/1) have seen the most targets from Tannehill during that two game span. The Jets' pass D is among the league's worst, averaging 235.9 net passing yards allowed per game (15th in the NFL) with a whopping 30 passing scores given up vs. just six interceptions (29th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for 10th) generated. Tom Brady struggled against this group last week, though, with 23/35 for 146 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown (taking four sacks for -36 yards), while Tennessee managed 16/35 for 253 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -7 yards two weeks ago. Tannehill is getting hot, while the Jets' suspect group played well last week - advantage, Miami.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 14 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
It was another day of misses for Wallace, as he just missed on a 20+ yard play from Tannehill, as well as maybe not putting forth full effort to reel in a catch in the end zone from his quarterback. One area Tannehill and Wallace have been sharper in this season is their intermediate connection. That's how Wallace did the majority of his damage on some out and comeback routes, working against Danny Gorrer and Lardarius Webb. Wallace has also learned to comeback near the sideline whenever Tannehill roles his way. It's a good trait to have, especially with Tannehill rolling out and being forced out of the pocket due to poor protection. However, there were two missed plays that could've turned Wallace's day into a much bigger performance. The first play was out of his control, as Tannehill rolled right again and fit a tough pass into a sliding Wallace. The play would've gone for about 25 or so yards and put the Dolphins into field position already up 10-0 with about 5 minutes left before the half. The Mike Pouncey ineligible man downfield penalty negated the play, the Dolphins punted a few plays later, and Joe Flacco led a two minute drill to post a touchdown before the half. The second play is a bit more on Tannehill and Wallace. Early in the fourth, with Miami trailing just 14-10, Tannehill had Wallace open for a split second in the back of the end zone. His throw was a bit high, but Wallace really didn't look he stretched completely for it, and even could've laid out on the attempt. But, he didn't and the Dolphins settled for 3. If you include the target on the penalty on Pouncey, Wallace had just five targets, but that's still not much of a worry, as he remains a major piece of the offense. His still a very touchdown reliant option, so continue to use him with caution.
2014 Week 15 vs NE (7 / 5 / 104 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Miami's 2013 big money signing went over 100 yards for the first time all season, and made just his second 50+ yard play of the season on Sunday in a losing effort against the Patriots. His 32-yard touchdown was also the longest of the year for the Dolphins. It may just have Wallace's best game as a Dolphin, as he made two big plays in the first half, only to go cold (like the rest of the Dolphins team) in the second half. With the Patriots deciding to start the game with Revis on Jarvis Landry and Brandon Browner on Brian Hartline, Tannehill immediately went after Malcolm Butler. If his pass was a bit more out in front, the Dolphins may have went ahead 7-0 on the first play of the game. However, their drive stalled in New England territory and Jamie Collins blocked a FG, giving the Pats the lead. Wallace's touchdown catch was quite pretty though. On what likely would've been the last play of the half before a Miami FG attempt, Wallace was originally ruled out of bounds on his one-handed catch down the left sideline. Replays showed he did control the ball to ground, and stayed inbounds, which led to a reversal. In what's been two years of missed passes, dropped balls, and an overall lack of chemistry, were the two hook-ups yesterday a sign of the potential of this pairing in the future? Of course, Wallace then went 2 for 16 yards in then second half, with Malcolm Butler relegated to the bench. Wallace could be an interesting case in the offseason; most of his guaranteed money will be gone after this season. In Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins have a young, relatively cheap option who's turned into a reliable possession receiver in the quick-hitting offense. Would it be worth it to eat the rest of Wallace's money and draft a big target to pair with Landry?
2014 Week 16 vs MIN (5 / 5 / 58 / 2 rec)
Mike Wallace saved his two biggest games of the season for Weeks 15 and 16 in 2014, but after his downward trajectory over the last few weeks, who knows how many of his owners started him during the final weeks of the season. The most impressive part of the last two weeks for Wallace is that he only saw 7 and then 5 targets in those weeks, but produced 165 yards and three touchdowns on 12 catches. It's a sign that the Miami offense is running pretty well, as Wallace is paid like a #1 receiver, but really hasn't produced like one. Instead of force-feeding him 10+ targets a game, the offense is simply creating other mismatches and open receivers. Without a true go-to threat in the red zone for the Dolphins, Wallace paid his owners off with a pair of scores. Neither was a dynamic Lazor playcall, which has been his MO near the goal-line all season. Xavier Rhodes was in tight coverage and all but knocked away the pass, but Wallace impressively concentrated to secure the ball and finish the play. His second catch was on play that has become more of a staple in the Dolphins goal-line offense recently. The timing slant routes into the end zone are a tricky game to play, but Tannehill has been showing that his arm is no joke, fitting the slant to Wallace in the tight window. There weren't any deep-ball attempts, but really, if Tannehill is hitting his receivers in stride on the intermediate targets, the yards after the catch would be enough to trigger some big plays. While it remains to be seen what the Miami WR corps will look like after this season, Wallace will likely be back, along with Jarvis Landry at the very least. It's possible they may go out and draft a bigger red-zone weapon, so Wallace's outlook could end up being very murky. His value was propped up this season by his 10 touchdowns.
Latest NewsDolphins | Mike Wallace probable (Fri Dec 26, 03:52 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 17. link to story Dolphins | No limits for Mike Wallace (Thu Dec 25, 05:27 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (back) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25. Our View: Wallace made plenty of money in 2014. We'll see if the Dolphins want to restructure his contract after paying him $17 million this yea. Wallace as a $12 million cap number in 2015, followed by two years with a $13.7 million number in each season.
link to story Dolphins | Mike Wallace does some work (Wed Dec 24, 04:13 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 24. Our View: Wallace should be good to go for Week 17. Watch the news wire to see if he can practice fully on Friday.
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