Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Mike Wallace caught a career-high 73 passes in his first season with the team, but he also averaged just 12.7 yards per reception. This career-low YPR caused him to only rack up 930 receiving yards on those 73 catches, as he wasn’t able to make the big plays downfield that he was famous for while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most of that had to do with a lack of opportunities, because the offensive line did such a poor job of blocking that Ryan Tannehill didn’t have enough time to find Wallace downfield. Their own lack of chemistry with each other and Tannehill’s inconsistent deep ball accuracy were also issues, but the offensive line was the main culprit; look for Wallace to have an even better year this season with Tannehill improving, a better line, and more experience with his QB.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reports that Wallace will have to miss out on some time to work with Tannehill in training camp, as he will be out for “at least” a week with a hamstring injury. It’s unclear when he sustained the injury, but he’s won’t be participating in the team’s scrimmage on Saturday.
Hamstring injuries are tricky, so it’s good to see that the Dolphins will keep him on the shelf for a bit and allow him to recover. Although getting more reps with Tannehill is important, Wallace’s health is much more important. I’ve never been a huge fan of his game, but he’s a talented receiver with game-breaking speed and will be a huge part of a deep, talented wide receiver corps. If the Dolphins offensive line can be at least average, then this offense could be scary with the young backfield duo of Tannehill and underrated RB Lamar Miller.