When the Dolphins signed wide receiver Mike Wallace to a lucrative long-term deal before the 2013 season, they were trying to add a No. 1 receiver to their offense.
Wallace’s first year in that role produced 73 catches, 930 yards and five touchdowns, none of which led the team and came with occasional bouts of frustration from Wallace about the way he was being used in Miami. The Dolphins hope that a new offensive coordinator and improvement on the offensive line will lead to bigger things from Wallace and the entire passing game, but Wallace is open to finding other ways to contribute as well.
“I might get back there for kickoff returns,” Wallace said, via Sky Sports. “I just want to be on the field making an impact for my team. I’ve always wanted to return kicks ever since I’ve been in the NFL. … At this point of my career, I just want to get the ball in my hands and make some plays.”
There hasn’t been any other word out of Miami about Wallace returning kickoffs, so it may turn out to be that Wallace’s big role on offense precludes special teams work in the regular season. That’s what happened when Wallace returned kicks for the Steelers in the preseason, but it may be something to watch if the Dolphins are unable to maximize Wallace’s production as a receiver again this season.