Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins
|WR - #28||107.00||MIA||Active||7 years||28||6'0||199||@Wallace17_daKid|
2014 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jun-23-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK: There was a lot of pressure on Wallace coming over from Pittsburgh after signing a monster contract. He did not live up to expectations, nor did most of the Dolphins' offense. He had his lowest yards per catch (12.7) and touchdown total (five) of his career. The big play [Wallace's specialty] wasn't there. Wallace looked frustrated and lost far too often. QB Ryan Tannehill did not have time to get the ball down-field, and in the rare occurrence that he did, the chemistry between the duo was non-existent. Fantasy owners are counting on offensive line improvements and improved chemistry. Wallace also recently admitted to being very confused by the play-calling and his offensive role. He has made it clear that he is now much more comfortable with his role thanks to new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Being a boom-or-bust guy, Wallace will most likely lack week-to-week consistency. A bounce-back season in this pass-happy offense is a safe bet.
Editor's note: Almost any improvement up front along the offensive line will make the Dolphins' offense much improved. Wallace still has speed and speed kills. With an average draft position of 77.45 or WR32, the former Ole Miss receiver is an excellent WR3 with upside galore.
Get ready for a very, very different receiving corps in 2015, Dolphins fans. The team is trying its damnedest to trade Mike Wallace, and today, Miami parted ways with Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. Those two represent the Dolphins' third- and fourth-leading receivers from 2014, respectively. But neither player caught 40 balls or accumulated 500 yards last season. These two cuts combined give Miami $6.4 million in cap space.Fantasy Analysis:
Remember when Hartline exploded for 253 yards a few of years ago against the Cardinals, a game which played a large role in him getting a five-year, $31 million contract -- with $12 million guaranteed -- the following offseason? Man, that totally worked out.
Of course, you didn't need a football genius to tell you that Hartline wasn't worth that much coin. He a pure backup with marginal fantasy value. Gibson is totally off the radar. But in the spring of 2013, the Dolphins were all about spending that cash. They gave that deal to Hartline, followed it up by handing Wallace a five-year contract with $30 million guaranteed the following week and signing Gibson to a three-year pact worth about $10 million the next day. And less than two years later, Miami is the process of getting out from under all three. And tight end Charles Clay is an impending free agent.
Well, at least there's still Jarvis Landry. Past that? Yikes. General manager Dennis Hickey has a lot of work to do.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors2/27 - Dolphins cast off WRs Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|5.01||Gridiron Irishmen - This is the year he gets what he deserves. New OC will help him reach 90 receptions....|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|6.03||Draft Sharks - Wallace is being undervalued after a disappointing 2013 season. Even then, though, he finished 27th among WRs in PPR scoring. I got him here as WR28.|
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