WR Mike Wallace - Minnesota Vikings
|6-1, 199||Born: 8-1-1986||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Wallace still has the speed to get behind defenses, and we've seen Teddy Bridgewater show the arm and deep accuracy to connect. The problem is that vertical passing just doesn't seem to be a mainstay in the Vikings weekly game plan. Wallace is just bench depth right now.
General News (Sat Oct 3): believes the deep plays are coming despite Minnesota's slow start in the passing game. "We still have a lot [of playbook]; we've got 73% more," Wallace said. "We still have a ways to go. We still have a lot of things in the fold. Hopefully, we can get to it." Wallace said another reason for upcoming deep passes is that Adrian Peterson has been playing well, which will hopefully open up the field more for Wallace and the Vikings wide receivers.
Week 4: at Denver Broncos
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. With Adrian Peterson featured against the Chargers, Teddy Bridgewater took a back seat in Week Three, throwing 13/24 for 121 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception against the Chargers. He had just one rush for -1 yards in the game - Minnesota is leaning on Peterson heavily coming into Week Four. The team hopes that Charles Johnson (ribs injury) will be able to go this week (but he's been slow this year so far with eight targets for 6/46/0 receiving). None of the Vikings' wide receivers have scored yet - Mike Wallace leads the team with 14 targets for 12/150/0 receiving to date. The Broncos' pass D is ranked first in the NFL averaging a meager 176.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with a mere one passing score given out to date, vs. six interceptions (tied for second in the NFL) and 11 sacks (tie-third) generated. Matthew Stafford was sacked four times last week, and threw 31/45 for 262 net yards, one TD and two interceptions vs. Denver. This is a fearsome pass D, friends. Advantage, Denver.
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2015 Week 3 vs SD (4 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
Wallace displayed his signature speed on a wide receiver screen and made a nice catch at the sideline downfield, but he was barely used on this afternoon. The Vikings took no deep shots to Wallace and didn't get themselves into many third and long situation that would require him to get downfield past the sticks.
2015 Week 2 vs DET (3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
This week things looked a little better when it came to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and new wide receiver Mike Wallace getting in sync. All three targets resulted in receptions, two of them for first downs. On one 12-yard play, Bridgewater had to scramble away from a defender and Wallace did a good job coming back down the field to give his quarterback a target. He also made sure to stay across the first down marker to preserve a new set of downs when the ball came. On the last reception, a 22-yard reception in the fourth quarter, Wallace did a very nice job running an 'in' route, splitting the defense. Bridgewater delivered a perfect strike between the two defenders for Wallace to make the grab.
2015 Week 1 vs SF (7 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)
The Teddy Bridgewater to Mike Wallace connection is still a work in progress but it should have had a notch on its belt already, but for an uncalled pass interference penalty on a deep throw to the middle in the second quarter. On the play, Wallace had a step on the defender, Antoine Bethea, who responded by holding Wallace's left arm. Bridgewater dropped a perfect pass to Wallace, who would have easily caught the ball had Bethea not been holding him. Overall on shorter passes the two hooked up all right, but the deep ball still needs some help. Wallace didn't see a target the entire fourth quarter.
Latest NewsVikings | Mike Wallace still optimistic (Sat Oct 3, 02:54 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace believes the deep plays are coming despite Minnesota's slow start in the passing game. 'We still have a lot [of playbook]; we've got 73% more,' Wallace said. 'We still have a ways to go. We still have a lot of things in the fold. Hopefully, we can get to it.' Our View: Wallace said another reason for upcoming deep passes is that RB Adrian Peterson has been playing well, which will hopefully open up the field more for Wallace and the Vikings wide receivers.
link to story Vikings | Mike Wallace could be bottled up (Fri Oct 2, 10:31 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace faces the Denver Broncos in Week 4, and the Broncos have allowed just one passing touchdown so far this season. Our View: The math here is simple. Start Adrian Peterson against this tough Broncos defense because he's one of the game's best. If you've got Rob Gronkowski on a bye, then Kyle Rudolph becomes an interesting tight end to consider as the Broncos are historically weak against the position. Outside of those two players, we are not recommending Vikings in a game where their passing game could struggle.
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