The Miami Dolphins were the big winners of NFL free agency by hauling in former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace to be their No. 1 receiver.
Wallace, who is expected to help second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s progression massively, is drawing a lot of praise from team mates. Cornerback Brent Grimes, who recently signed with the team, is especially impressed with Wallace so far (per Chris Wesseling of NFL.com):
“It’s not, ‘If I can’t get the deep ball, I can’t do anything else,’” cornerback Brent Grimes told The Miami Herald. “He has good hands, can run other routes. He’s not a one-trick pony.”
Backup quarterback Matt Moore is also impressed with Wallace:
“What was impressive to see was what he can do with the ball (on short patterns),” Matt Moore said, via the Miami Herald. “Everyone talks about the deep routes, but Ben Roethlisberger would sometimes get him the ball quickly and just let him go.”
Wallace was used in Pittsburgh as a way to take the top off a defense, often scoring big plays or being used as a distraction to create seperation for his team mates.
The praise from Grimes is especially good news for Wallace. Grimes is one of the best corners in the NFL and will be tasked with lining up with him in practice all year. If Grimes is impressed, Dolphins fans should be as well with their new big-play threat.
Wallace is set to change the complexion of the offense in Miami. So far everything is going as expected.
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