Mike Wallace 's first year with a five-year, $60 million contract with the Dolphins was a disappointment. You can't really put any shine on it. He posted career lows in yards per catch and touchdowns. He finished nine games with fewer than 50 yards. Blame it on Wallace putting too much pressure on himself to succeed for his new team, being used incorrectly by former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, defenses forcing the Dolphins to beat them with other receivers, and/or Wallace and quarterback Ryan Tannehill 's inability to connect on countless deep routes. It was a troubling year for Wallace, and one that he admits "I didn't feel like I knew what was going on."
That's what Wallace said Tuesday via the Palm Beach Post. The Dolphins are installing a new system under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, but Wallace said he already feels "a lot more comfortable." Wallace also said he and Tannehill have been working together as often as possible to prepare for this season.
"We didn't miss one day," Wallace said.
The chemistry between those two definitely needs work.
This all sounds nice, but fantasy owners will largely take a "I'll believe it when I see it" stance with Wallace. That's prudent after he was a bust last year. Lazor, a Chip Kelly disciple who was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach last year, is already increasing the tempo in OTAs and wants the Dolphins to run plays faster this season. Lazor will emphasize the ground game more than Sherman did, but a faster tempo means more plays, which will give Tannehill and Wallace more opportunities to gain large chunks of yardage. Wallace should be drafted as a WR3. Tannehill is a decent QB2.