Mike Wallace, who some may call a disappointment in Miami, will be going up on Sunday against one of the best cornerbacks in the league, Darrelle Revis.
Although Revis has lost some speed, his technique and fundamentals make up for it, which still makes it tough for a speedy receiver like Wallace to break free from the line of scrimmage. Heading into the game, Wallace said he has nothing but respect.
“It’s always going to be a challenge. He’s a great player, probably the best cornerback in the league, definitely top two or three no matter whose list you have. It’s always going to be a tough challenge, he’s a great player, no way around it,” he said. “He’s a real smart, patient player. He has every intangible that’s needed to play cornerback. Good focus, good hips, hands, he’s not afraid to tackle, he’ll get in your face. He has every single aspect you need to be a great cornerback and that’s what makes him one of the best.”
According to Wallace, Revis only covered him about half the game in Week One. While he doesn’t know for sure if he will see more or less of him this Sunday, he said he’s ready for the challenge and will prepare like he has any other week.
As far as the Patriots go as a team, Wallace had nothing but good things to say about them.
“I respect them, me personally. Can’t have nothing but respect for a team, I saw something that said they’ve won 10-plus games for so many years straight, you can’t hate a team like that. You have to respect them, respect their grind, respect what they’re doing. Hopefully, you can mimic some of that and go about your business the same way.”
There is certainly a lot of respect from the Dolphins players towards the Patriots and there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be. Love them or hate them, they are one of the best teams in the NFL and have done it consistently for the past decade. Let’s hope the Dolphins can spoil the party and come out with a win on Sunday.