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Mike Wallace “surprised” how well he knows offense

Mike Wallace,   Louis Murphy,  Maurkice Pouncey AP

The Steelers have been practicing together for a long time at this point in the year, but they had an old friend join them for the first time on Monday.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace was a participant in practice for the first time this season, leaving him little chance to make up for lost time before the start of the regular season. The good news is that Wallace declared himself “surprised” with how well he already knew the offense despite offensive coordinator Todd Haley installing it while he was away from the team.

“I have been studying it. I have a good grasp of it. It’s just running the plays off of it. I am getting there. I like where I am at,” Wallace said, via the team’s website. “The main thing is the timing aspect of it, just getting back to knowing what Ben (Roethlisberger) likes, what I like. It’s not going to be hard because we have been together so long. It’s just a new offense. He just has to make sure I know what I am doing. I did pretty good today but it was only one day, we have a long way to go.”

Wallace said that he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll play on Sunday night, but there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that Wallace will be on the field against the Broncos. He’s in shape and his presence as a threat should be a boost to the Steelers offense even if he hasn’t digested the entire offense at this point.

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16 Responses to “Mike Wallace “surprised” how well he knows offense”
  1. johnnyb1976 says: Sep 3, 2012 5:50 PM

    Um… A fly route isn’t real hard to pick up on Mike.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Sep 3, 2012 5:54 PM

    Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders were both beasts in the preseason. Adding Wallace back into the mix, if only as a distraction, is a scary thought.

  3. steelersownyou says: Sep 3, 2012 6:01 PM

    Best receiving corps in nfl! Embrace it haters!

  4. lichnor says: Sep 3, 2012 6:01 PM

    Run that way, really fast. If something gets in your way…..turn.

  5. mwindle1973 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:05 PM

    Oh, I’m sure the Steelers are thrilled he’s still picking up the offense 6 days before the season opener.

  6. yinzgotsix says: Sep 3, 2012 6:09 PM

    The offense will struggle again this year whether Mike knows the playbook or not. The DEFENSE will once again have to step up and give yinz a shot at the playoffs.

  7. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 3, 2012 6:29 PM

    He only runs three routes, big whoop.

  8. johninthewest says: Sep 3, 2012 7:17 PM

    Seriously.. What would he say otherwise… Anything to get in and play

  9. fuzzynuts55 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:19 PM

    He could only run one rt and be ok. Speed kills! No pun intended..

  10. ravenator says: Sep 3, 2012 7:23 PM

    Won’t matter, the Oline is atrocious

  11. randallscrambles says: Sep 3, 2012 7:33 PM

    Can’t believe there was a “Better Off Dead” reference… Nice work!

  12. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 3, 2012 8:06 PM

    Go deep, Mike. Hopefully we can find a quarterback who doesn’t underthrow the pass.

    Seems to me, the Steelers had Sanders, Wallace and Brown last season, en route to the 22nd scoring offense in the league… This has been a questionable scoring offense for quite sometime. Hopefully Haley can figure out a way to fix the problems.

  13. jtm12180 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:14 PM

    HAAAAAATEEERRRRSSSSSS!!!!!!!

  14. jcioffi1485 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:16 PM

    Another hold out that would rather pay $1 million in fines than play in a single OTA or exhibition game.

    Mike Wallace and MJD, would rather both being seen pulling the jersey over their shoulder pads while running down the tunnel while the National Anthem plays.

    Atta boy guys! Atta boy!

  15. johnteedee says: Sep 3, 2012 10:35 PM

    This guy is really smart or really stupid! Only time will tell.

  16. porschenut says: Sep 5, 2012 2:17 PM

    You folks crack me up – “Run that way, really fast. If something gets in your way…..turn.”

    Someone should teach that call to Big Ben!

    The next few games should provide more insight and hopefully less fatter!

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