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 Oct 5): Teddy Bridgewater had a game script that forced him to throw 41 times. While he was very good at utilizing his secondary receivers, Wallace was highly efficient on his ten targets and gave us some faith to use him as a WR3/Flex after Minnesota's bye.
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2015 Week 4 vs DEN (10 / 8 / 83 / 1 rec)
Against the best opponent the Vikings have seen, Mike Wallace had his most effective day as a member of Minnesota's offense. He caught eight of the ten passes thrown his way for 83 yards and his first touchdown as a Viking. The Vikings would like to use him more on vertical routes, but the offensive line is so inconsistent that there is little time for those routes to develop. So at the moment, he and Bridgewater have been relegated to intermediate and short routes. Still, he averaged just over 10 yards a catch, so he's getting some production. On the touchdown, Wallace ran a shallow cross just in front of the line of scrimmage, splitting the space between the linebacker and the defensive line. His route went unnoticed, and Wallace ended up wide open on the right side of the field, just short of the end zone. Bridgewater saw him and delivered an easy pass for the score. While it's frustrating that Wallace is not able to stretch the field for big plays, it looks like he and the quarterback are finally getting in sync.
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 doesn't practice (Tue Oct 6, 02:24 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 6. Our View: We'll have to see if Wallace can practice later in the week.
link to story Vikings | Mike Wallace finds end zone (Sun Oct 4, 10:41 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace pulled down eight balls for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos. He was targeted 10 times. Our View: Wallace is the clear #1 receiver in this offense. He'll retain boom/bust WR3/Flex value after the Vikings bye.
link to story Vikings | 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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