Dolphins WR Mike Wallace Drawing Praise From Brent Grimes, Matt Moore

December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) looks on from the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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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Topics: Brent Grimes, Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins, Mike Wallace

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  • Tyler Cary

    I have not been this excited about the start of a season in a very long time. I cannot wait to see what the new faces on both the offense and defense can do for this team.
    I am also incredibly excited to see what Dion Jordan and Cam Wake can do as a tandem edge rushing team. With Brady devoid of all of his big offensive playmakers it should hopefully take roughly another second to get rid of the all, causing him to freeze up like a deer in the headlights when he has a giant person gearing down on him, just like he always does. Sixth worst QB under pressure under pressure for a reason, stats don’t lie.