Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It is quite clear that Mike Wallace is the primary target in the Dolphins offense and the passing game goes through him from the very beginning of the game. In two weeks, Wallace has caught 12 passes for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last year, he had 5 touchdowns the entire season, so he’s well on pace to break that. Wallace is averaging 6 receptions per game and 68.5 yards per game. On Sunday, he made a circus catch in the back of the endzone for a touchdown. Make no mistake about it - Joe Philbin and Bill Lazor are impressed.
“He’s made plays. He made a big one last week and then yesterday was a heck of a catch, Philbin said. “We certainly needed it and it got us to I think 16-10 with three or four minutes to go in the third quarter. I thought we were in great shape. I was confident we were going to win the football game.”
Lazor spoke of Wallace as someone who brings a lot of emotion to the game and understands his importance to the offense.
“I thought Mike played well, I do. I think Mike is another guy like we talked about Knowshon (Moreno), Mike’s a guy that plays with a lot of emotion, and at this point after two regular season games, I think you would agree with me that Mike has backed it up with his play so far,” Lazor said. “In two weeks, he’s made two really good contested catches for touchdowns and you can’t downplay the importance of guys producing right now. Again, we’re 32nd in the NFL in yards per attempt, so when you’ve got a guy that’s producing, he stands out.”
Wallace will have an even bigger role now with Moreno out for at least four weeks. We’ll see if he can continue to be productive while attempting to build chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
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