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Mike Wallace | Wide Receiver

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/1/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: Mississippi
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Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes Mike Wallace has had a "really good offseason program."
Per reporter Andrew Abramson, Wallace was "usually the last one off the field" in spring practice. It's nice to see an actually established player be the subject of so many offseason puff pieces. Words and performances from pad-less practices typically mean very little once teams actually start gearing up for the season in training camp, but it's clear Wallace has been energized by the Dolphins' regime change at offensive coordinator. Bill Lazor seems to have a much firmer grip on Wallace's strengths than his clueless predecessor Mike Sherman. Jun 19 - 2:09 PM

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Mike Wallace has taken snaps out of the backfield in Dolphins OTAs.

Wallace, who has also lined up outside and in the slot, scored out of the formation last week. It's the latest indication new OC Bill Lazor is serious about using Wallace as a movable chess piece after predecessor Mike Sherman kept Wallace glued to the outside. We're still only in pad-less practices, but Lazor appears a good bet to make the Dolphins' offense far more watchable and competent in 2014.
Jun 9 - 1:28 PM

Mike Wallace confirmed he will frequently move around the formation in new Dolphins OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor comes from Philly, where DeSean Jackson was a movable chess piece and played 30 percent of his 2013 snaps in the slot. "Nobody can ever key on me," Wallace said. "Last year, you kind of knew where I was every single play." Indeed. Wallace played 90 percent of his 2013 downs on the right side of Miami's formation. He's a sneaky bounce-back candidate with high-end WR2 upside.
Jun 6 - 1:30 AM

According to the Miami Herald, Mike Wallace is "clearly in better spirits" under new OC Bill Lazor.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, Wallace is jazzed about the flexibility Lazor's offense gives him to "change where he lines up." Former OC Mike Sherman was infamously uncreative with his use of his No. 1 receiver. Wallace is a strong bet to improve on his 73/930/5 2013 line.
Jun 2 - 5:07 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes Mike Wallace could be primed for a big 2014.

Wallace posted career lows in yards per reception (12.7) and TDs (5) under Mike Sherman last season, but has bounce-back appeal in new OC Bill Lazor's more vertical-based attack. He's reportedly shown improved chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. Wallace is being used at all three receiver spots after playing just 3% of his snaps in the slot last year. With Lazor now calling plays, the Dolphins should manufacture more touches for Wallace.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 6:58 PM

Mike Wallace admitted he "didn't feel like I knew what was going on" last season.

Observers of departed OC Mike Sherman's scheme didn't know what was going on either. He never even attempted to establish a run game, turned Ryan Tannehill into a pinata (league-high 58 sacks) and was strikingly uncreative with Wallace. New OC Bill Lazor is moving Wallace all over the formation, something that played a major role in DeSean Jackson's career-best 2013 season. Wallace says he feels "a lot more comfortable" and hasn't missed a single chance to work out with Tannehill this offseason. He's going to improve drastically on last year's career-worst 12.7 YPC and five touchdowns.
May 28 - 6:42 AM

According to the Miami Herald, "several" Dolphins players believe some of the team's coaches "aren't big fans" of Mike Wallace.

A prominent agent also told the Herald that head coach Joe Philbin is "running in that place." The Dolphins are "looking closely" at first- and second-round wide receivers, and players on the team believe the Fins "want to replace (Wallace) in a year or so." Miami could save $2.5 million in salary cap space by releasing Wallace next offseason, or $9.3 million by cutting him in 2016.
May 4 - 2:31 PM

Mike Wallace said the Dolphins' new offensive scheme is "my style."

Fired OC Mike Sherman believed in a quick-hitting, horizontal West Coast offense. Wallace was predictably a square peg in that scheme, simply lining up as a right-side clear-out receiver the majority of the time. He set career-lows in YPC (12.7) and touchdowns (5). New OC Bill Lazor is about chunk plays and moving his best players all over the formation. Wallace has bounce-back appeal.
Apr 23 - 10:05 AM

Mike Wallace lined up as the Dolphins' right-side wide receiver on 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2013.

As reporter Armando Salguero notes, Wallace "rarely went into the slot" and "rarely motioned." This made Wallace easy for defenses to take away. Salguero suggests new OC Bill Lazor -- formerly the Eagles' QBs coach -- could employ Wallace like Chip Kelly did with DeSean Jackson last season. Jackson aligned all over the formation, and played nearly 30 percent of his snaps in the slot.
Apr 6 - 4:15 PM

The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have "vehemently denied" that Mike Wallace is on the trading block.

CBS Sports has reported that Wallace is on the block in each of the past two months, but the Dolphins have been firm in their denials. It's quite possible that the Dolphins aren't telling the truth, but Wallace's $15 million 2014 base salary makes him all but impossible to deal. We expect he'll remain in South Beach.
Apr 1 - 11:08 PM

According to CBS' Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins have renewed attempts to trade Mike Wallace.

It's a story that's barely even worth discussing because Wallace is nearly impossible to trade. He signed a $60 million deal a year ago and is owed a whopping $15 million in 2014 base salary. The Miami Herald has previously disputed reports that Wallace is even on the block.
Mar 26 - 11:05 AM

A Dolphins source is denying a CBS Sports report that the team has interest in trading Mike Wallace, Cameron Wake, and Dion Jordan.

The team source denied all three rumors in a Friday conversation with the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Salguero trusts the Dolphins official over CBS' Jason La Canfora. It's worth noting, however, that ESPN's Louis Riddick stated Friday he's been aware of the Dolphins' interest in dealing Jordan for "weeks." This story isn't going away. Wallace is the least likely to be dealt because he's owed a ridiculous $15 million base salary in 2014.
Feb 28 - 5:17 PM

Two "Dolphins people" told the Miami Herald that Ryan Tannehill can throw deep balls with anticipation to Brian Hartline, but "cannot consistently" to Mike Wallace.

The same Dolphins staffers dispute a CBS report that coach Joe Philbin will put Tannehill on a shortened 2014 leash, but "feel strongly" that Tannehill "must improve his chemistry" with $60 million man Wallace. Per Football Outsiders, Wallace finished his first season in Miami with a 52 percent "catch rate." His catch rates in Pittsburgh 2010-2012 were 61, 64, and 54, respectively.
Feb 16 - 1:47 PM

Mike Wallace stressed that he and Ryan Tannehill need to work on their deep-ball chemistry this offseason.

"We have to," Wallace said. "Definitely have got to get the deep ball going. That’s the difference between winning and losing a couple games. I should have had 15 or 20 more touchdowns. And that’s being modest. If you press me, you have no shot to cover me. Once I get you to stop your feet, it’s over." It was glaring to those who watched Dolphins games in 2013 that Wallace and Tannehill had no connection. Tannehill's deep ball needs a lot of work. Per Pro Football Focus, Tannehill completed just 6-of-36 passes that were 20-plus yards downfield intended for Wallace. That was the worst rate in the NFL.
Jan 26 - 9:50 AM

Mike Wallace had five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets.

Wallace failed to take advantage of a matchup with Dee Milliner, but managed to find the end-zone on a third-and-goal play from five yards out in the second quarter. He set a new career high with 73 receptions this season, but finished with just 930 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Wallace should benefit from a full offseason with the Dolphins after signing a five-year, $60 million contract back in March. He'll remain Miami's No. 1 wideout in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3Pat Devlin
4Brock Jensen
RB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3Daniel Thomas
4Mike Gillislee
5Damien Williams
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Jarvis Landry
3Rishard Matthews
4Matt Hazel
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Damian Williams
4Armon Binns
5Ryan Spadola
WR31Jarvis Landry
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Michael Egnew
4Arthur Lynch
5Gator Hoskins
K1Caleb Sturgis