Mike Wallace: Nobody in the NFL can run with me

AP

Speed has long been Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace’s calling card, although it was hard to tell at times in Miami.

Whether because of scheme, chemistry with Ryan Tannehill or something else, Wallace wasn’t the deep threat for the Dolphins that he was earlier in his career with the Steelers. On Tuesday, Wallace made it clear that he doesn’t think it was because the league has caught up to his fleet feet.

“Without a doubt, I’m the fastest player in the NFL,’’ Wallace said, via the Pioneer Press. “If somebody feels foggy about that, we can (race). I’m never going to back down from competition. “I’ve run a lot of routes and I’ve got a lot of miles on my legs, but I still feel that there’s nobody (in the NFL) who can run with me. I might have slowed down a little but I could still run 4.25.”

Wallace didn’t point the finger at Tannehill, saying that there were things that both he and his Dolphins teammates could have done better over the last two years. He also said that “when you separate, you still have to connect” and that he’s “positive” he’ll be able to “showcase” his ability to get free of defenders in Minnesota.

The Vikings likely have the same optimism after trading for Wallace and planting him at the top of their receiver depth chart this offseason. If they’re right, the offense in Minnesota should be more explosive this time around.

121 responses to “Mike Wallace: Nobody in the NFL can run with me

  1. Vikings fan, after all the negative attention from years past we’ve gotten, I hope Mike Wallace just stays quiet and puts his money where his mouth is. Hope he pans out.

  2. ha, we shall see if he can separate from GB’s so called draft pick busts. if he cant, then whats the next excuse. it cant be savior bridgewater… ha…. Vikings…

  3. He and Flashy Patterson can have a series of match races. No doubt it’ll be electric.
    He was much more likely to have an accurate deep ball reach him in Miami than he will be in Minnesota, but I guess that can be his excuse if he has another landing place.

  4. Oh, I’m sure it’ll be more explosive alright. I just don’t think it’ll be limited to the field. I pity Tiny Teddy putting up with this psycho.

    A man with his God-given talent, and he’s on his 3rd team?

  5. Um, sorry Mike……there are lots of players that can run with you, two of them are on the Buffalo Bills and are world class sprinters. You are not a world class sprinter.

  6. Rothlisberger has pinpoint accuracy and Tannehill doesn’t. Wallace is horrible adjusting to the ball and has a miniscule catch radius. That is the bottom line of why he failed in Miami. Bridgewater will need pinpoint accuracy or Wallace won’t work out there either.

  7. Great, they have two WRs that can only run a 9 route. They’ll be so tough to defend.

  8. I’ll be happy as long as he learns to run with his legs more than his mouth.

  9. As a Vikings fan I would rather have had Jennings. I hope I am wrong but bragging in the offseason isn’t really a sign of class. I hope this line was taken out of context and he doesn’t have a swelled head. He doesn’t come off too well here.

  10. Will check down Teddy have the time for him to get deep? The Vikings inexplicably exercised the 5th year option on the turnstile playing tackle.

  11. Jerry Rice only ran a 4.70. But he could catch. I watched Mike Wallace drop a touchdown bomb to win the game. Great receivers don’t drop gamewinners.

  12. Even when he loses his speed he’s going to be elite since he fights for jumps balls so well and runs precision routes… Oh wait, he doesn’t do any of that. He’s going to be screwed when he loses a step.

  13. I don’t see him being any better for the Vikings. Big Ben made Mike Wallace not the other way aroound. Of course, Big Ben makes alot of wide receivers better then they are.

  14. This guy is a perfect fit in Minnesota. He’s done a grand total of nothing, and he’s already running his mouth. Talk about a player aligning himself with the fan base…

  15. He could “still run a 4.25” with those miles on his legs… but he only ran a 4.33 at the combine.

  16. I’m not happy about this trade. He was a bust with a better QB than we have in Minnesota. The guy is a one trick pony who was vastly overpaid. I don’t know what Spielman was thinking in replacing Jennings with him. At least Jennings could run routes and catch.

  17. Wallace’s speed isn’t just his calling card, it is his only card. He doesn’t run a route tree. He doesn’t have great hands. He won’t go across the middle.

    Elite speed is great and all, but unless Al Davis is back from the dead and hiring again, you’re going to need to grow as an all-around player.

  18. Mike Wallace doesn’t go up for and fight for contested balls–ever.
    If even to prevent an interception.
    It either drops into his imaginary “basket” or it doesn’t.
    Doesn’t know what the term “high point” means.
    He did give effort for Miami, when it suited him, but I saw him give up on a lot of plays that were certainly contestable with effort.

  19. If Bridgewater can throw an accurate deep ball, he’ll do great. Tannehill can’t throw deep accurately, so a deep-threat receiver is basically a hollow threat in Miami.

  20. As a dolphins Fan, Wallace wasn’t bad.. he is just not elite. it was our fault for paying him elite money.. He’s probably right, he’s one of the fastest if not the fastest WR but his catching is Verrrry Iffy and although he improved his second season with miami, he’s not tough enough. My advice mike is Shut up and play. Your a good WR but work on your hands and you may one day be elite…

  21. Something about that water in Minnesota…..makes all the players and fans go crazy.

    Greg Jennings shows up and says Christian Ponder will be as good as Aaron Rodgers.

    That Polish scrub lineman shows up and talks about how he’s planning on pancaking JJ Watt.

    Adrian Peterson sticks around for years, and thinks he’s the victim when the team pays him $10 million to sit on the bench after he beat his toddler bloody.

    Now Mike Wallace shows up and thinks he’s somehow become FASTER than he was at the combine, after 5 years in the league. (Remember the Veteran’s combine, where formerly fast players like Felix Jones showed that they had lost like half a second off their 40 times after the beating they’ve taken in the NFL? Yeah…. I don’t think Mike Wallace has shaved a tenth of a second off his combine time…)

    And of course, the fans we see on here, every day, every year, proclaiming the Great Vikings Dynasty is just around the corner….

  22. the absolute truth of the matter is that he’s never had a QB with a great deep ball. Ben is average at that and Tannehill is really bad. He hasn’t lost a step but he had lost the will to go above and beyond for Tannehill and it showed. I have a feeling will mesh with Bridgewater and have a very good year…maybe his best.

  23. Actually, Rice couldn’t catch either, his rookie year he had a ton of drops. Wallace just needed a visit from the Stickum Fairy like Rice got.

  24. That because of him changing up his route speed. Which also makes it harder on a QB to connect with him.

  25. Laff…dude, you are so delusional!

    Al Davis would have signed you, but nobody else should.

    Gone from Vikes in a year.

  26. As a Packer’s fan, this concerns me. Our team is on the decline and the Vikings are raising up. The Bridgewater to Wallace connection could be lethal to our secondary. I wish we could have drafted a CB early in the first round like the Vikings did to help defend against Wallace.

  27. Bridgewater will need pinpoint accuracy or Wallace won’t work out there either.
    ______

    One of Teddy’s calling cards is his pinpoint accuracy. He will put the ball exactly where it’s supposed to be. The only question is, will Wallace be in the right place? One thing about Jennings, he knew how to run routes.

  28. well Jeff Demps was just cut so he might be right.

    But what does it say about all-out speed that the fastest player to ever be in the NFL was just cut and has never really even gotten on the field??

  29. I’m seeing a lot of criticism of Wallace and I understand it. Nevertheless, the dude had 10 touchdowns last year and only one was on a deep ball. He may not be an elite receiver but I don’t think he’s a one-trick pony. He could have a nice year. A lot depends on how good Charles Johnson is and whether CP84 has learned how to run a route.

  30. “Packer Fans: No other fans in the NFL can eat with us.”

    Hey I am a Packer fan and that was dang funny….
    now what exactly did the Packers have to do with this story my little troll friend cheeseisfattening…..

    But since you mentioned the Pack I have to mention in this decade you have a record of 1-9-1 against the Packers.

    And it doesn’t look like it will get better any time soon.

    I am so sorry for the loss of respect you have for yourself and for your team to show up here and act this way.

  31. There’s a lot to be said from Wallace’s film in Miami that:

    1) He’s still faster than every DB he’s faced;

    2) Tannehill didn’t have the arm to make the connections.

    3) Wallace and Tannehill didn’t have good rapport either.

    4) Miami’s offense was not well suited to Wallace’s strengths as a receiver.

    Viking’s have a history of getting good production out of receivers with character issues – Chris Carter, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin. Wallace seems more like a Chris Carter than the other two.

    Once Wallace is settled into the Viking Air-Coryell offense with Bridgewater and AP, he’ll be a happy camper and a very productive receiver.

  32. I’m excited to see the Vikings play this year! There’s a lot of upside and potential. I just hope they shored up that offensive line so Teddy can get a little extra time.

  33. The disgraced Vikings are paying Wallace crazy money and are still on the hook for over $6M of Jennings money against the cap.

    This is the worst managed team in the history of sports.

  34. “One of Teddy’s calling cards is his pinpoint accuracy. He will put the ball exactly where it’s supposed to be.”

    Not really. I remember that was one of the knocks on him coming out of college. His accuracy was great on short routes, where he did most of his work. But down the field passing his accuracy is sporadic.

  35. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    May 5, 2015 3:58 PM

    5 of the first 6 posts are Trolls, Gotta be a record!
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    Not even close!

    I’ve seen Packer posts where the first thirteen or so were purple with envy.

  36. Bridgewater>Fraudgers

    ——————
    As much as I hate to say it….this is just crazy talk. There isn’t a GM or NFL player or even fan who would take Teddy over Rodgers. But if Teddy can get to the Jay Cutler level like many predict is is ceiling, I’ll be happy. He won’t be pouty like Jay though which is nice.

  37. jrob23 says:
    May 5, 2015 4:38 PM
    the absolute truth of the matter is that he’s never had a QB with a great deep ball. Ben is average at that and Tannehill is really bad. He hasn’t lost a step but he had lost the will to go above and beyond for Tannehill and it showed. I have a feeling will mesh with Bridgewater and have a very good year…maybe his best.
    ——————————————————————–
    Teddy Bridgewater is not better at anything Roethlisberger does throwing the football. Nope. Just nope.

  38. Doesn’t matter. AD will be breaking off 40 – 50 yard runs. You still have to respect him when he is behind you and that makes your defense tired and spread out… Que 28

  39. he is completely full of crap. as a Dolphins fan i watched him get chased down from behind repeatedly. everytime i would watch him catch a slant with room to run and think “he’s gone.. TD!!” he would get caught from behind.

  40. In his first year with the Dolphins he caught passes for nearly 1000 yards despite having no chemistry with an inaccurate QB. In his second year he tied his career high for touchdowns. Not sure why he thinks he’ll be better with Bridgewater.

    Oh, in his second year in Miami he also tied his career high for fumbles.

  41. I wonder if he’s talking about running with his legs or his mouth. He’d be a lot better if he ran his mouth less.

  42. phillyphanatic77 says:
    May 5, 2015 3:56 PM

    Desean Jackson is the biggest deep threat in the league and I’d imagine he’s atleast as fast as Wallace.
    —————————
    I remember when the Redskins and Colt McCoy beat Dallas last year. McCoy was asked about constantly underthrowing Jackson…”I had no idea he was that fast”. Granted, Colt didn’t practice w/the starting squad, but still…

  43. He does get separation. It was frustrating to watch him running behind the defense.

    the problems is that he can’t track the ball in the air… won’t fight for it… will catch it with one foot out of bounds… stand and watch a pick happen right in front of him (my personal favorite).

    He just is so limited in what he can do… but he does and will get separation. That much is true.

  44. Here’s what has me concerned about Teddy being able to connect with Wallace:

    Weaknesses:
    Good, but not great, skill set
    Is prone to throwing the ball late
    Inconsistent accuracy
    Sloppy footwork
    Decent, but not a powerful, arm
    Balls can flutter downfield
    Takes sacks

  45. Norseman says:
    May 5, 2015 4:55 PM

    Viking’s have a history of getting good production out of receivers with character issues – Chris Carter, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin. Wallace seems more like a Chris Carter than the other two.
    —————

    Did you seriously just compare Mike Wallace to Chris Carter? Chris Carter…..whose defining trait as a WR were his great hands?

    You do know the Mike Wallace we’re talking about here, right? His hands more resemble Troy Williamson than Chris Carter.

  46. BTW DeSean Jackson can also actually catch the ball which is kind of important when you are a WR!

  47. Mike Wallace can’t catch, so it really doesn’t matter how fast he runs.

  48. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    May 5, 2015 3:58 PM

    5 of the first 6 posts are Trolls, Gotta be a record!
    The FACT is, the more a team is worried about another, the more they sit on their site and stories.
    With this amazing Draft and talent the Vikings have now, The proof is in Black and White.
    Add Green Bays Bad Draft, lets see, how many of one position we can draft, and ignore our weak areas?
    Maybe Minnesota won’t notice!
    You are just fanning the flames,
    The Minnesota Vikings Dynasty is nearing completion…. Get ready to live in the past again as we blow by you..

    Yes 21-No 30
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    ************************************************************************************************That Proves it! Look at those NUMBERS! There are more Packer Fans on this Vikings story than Minnesota fans…HAHA….
    You guys are so busted, Talking smack while your own fans are admitting the Vikings are moving up!
    Smug, Arrogant, and Over confident. It is what you get for being NFC N. Bullies on the Boards.
    It has been proven Bullies are nothing other than cowards.. The next 5 years are going to be SOOO much fun rubbing your faces in it! Get ready….
    Come on Tokyo…..LOL….Son of Fad.. and the rest of you big mouth fools….

  49. He’s right if he’s talking about Green Bay’s defense. Their DBs couldn’t catch a tight end in a foot race, let alone a WR with some speed.

  50. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    May 5, 2015 3:58 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings Dynasty is nearing completion…. Get ready to live in the past again as we blow by you..

    ************************************************
    Okay Bubbles … I’m all ready for this Vikings Dynasty some of you purple wack jobs are constantly proclaiming but never producing …

    It’s just that I really don’t think it’s good for you to be drinkin’ this heavy so early in the day. You should be out buying some raffle tickets to help pay for your stadium.

    Oh and by the way .. a 4.25 forty .. out in the elements? … with pads & helmet on? … and he “might have slowed down a bit?”

    Yeah right.

    He’s almost as nuts as you are.

  51. stevent92 says:
    May 5, 2015 5:40 PM

    He’s right if he’s talking about Green Bay’s defense. Their DBs couldn’t catch a tight end in a foot race, let alone a WR with some speed.
    ———-

    Mike Wallace, 2009 combine, 40 time: 4.33 (on a track)

    Sam Shields, 2o10 pro day, 40 time: 4.30 (on grass).

    Once again, everyone from Minnesota has apparently gone crazy

  52. steelers choose to sign AB and let Wallace walk….these decisions are why we are the greatest.

  53. All I can Say is AD=8 in the box=Vikings aerial show starring Wallace, Johnson, Patterson, Wright, Rudolph and of course #inteddywetrust.

  54. He’ll be alright. Bridgewater was the most accurate passer in the entire NFL over the last 5 games last season.

  55. 75+ comments this fast! No wonder PTF pumps out troll loving articles so much.

    All I care about is Bridgewater getting the ball into any receivers hands. He was improving every game last season.

  56. Hasn’t the NFL had it’s fill of players named Mike Wallace? None of them has done squat why does this idiot think he’s any different? Fastest player in the NFL? LMAO he isn’t the fastest guy in his division and when you have lobster claws for hands speed doesn’t do you much good. He’ll be out of the league in 2 more years.

  57. “Add Green Bays Bad Draft, lets see, how many of one position we can draft, and ignore our weak areas?”

    Do you follow the NFL at all??? If you did, you would know that the Packers lost 2 CB’s in FA. They drafted 2 of them with their #1 and #2 pick. LB drafted to replace Hawk.

    How many weaknesses do you think a team has that re-signed all their priority free agents and was 3 minutes away from last year?

  58. Patterson sucks.
    Wallace sucks.
    Johnson is just a guy.
    Rudolph sucks (if he can even get on the field)

    And then there is this….

    Teddy Bridgewater
    2014 GP: 13 TD’s Pass: 14 INT: 12 TD Rush: 1 Playoff wins: 0
    Tim Tebow
    2011 GP: 14 TD’s Pass: 12 INT: 6 TD Rush: 6 Playoff Wins: 1

    SKOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

  59. Getting pretty desperate sounding there Mr. LOL.
    And there is over 90 Rookie Team and NFL records he broke. Remember he was a 1st year QB thrown into the starting roll WAAAY before he was supposed to.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Also which one is it? “We lost 2 CB’s through Free Agency”, then come back and say “We signed all our Free Agents”..
    Final point is, why are there more Green Bay Packer fans following A Minnesota Vikings story than Vikings fans?
    LOSER…Laughable but true… I can see the apprehension in your posts.. get ready for that
    long downward spiral. Your Coaches game plan is
    stale, and predictable, your Defense is out of shape
    and is winded by the 4th quarter. Rodgers is the only thing you have going for you. Face it Teams have you figured out.
    On the other hand the Vikings are Young, exciting and ready to excel, The last 3 Drafts have been Aced by Spielman, We have the right Coaching Staff
    and EVERY Annalist has Minnesota’s Draft rated higher tham the Packers. Looks like your team has a little Mold growing on it…but then again, what is Cheese…..
    It stinks getting called out doesn’t it.. HA,HA,HA.
    Imagine that Getting Trolled while you are Trolling someone else’s Team….But when your IQ and belt size are the same number.. what do you expect..
    If you cant Take, what you dish out.. it is time to quit…

  60. @SKOL-LOLOLOL
    Here’s my answer to “3 minutes away from last year”
    “MAJOR CHOKE”

  61. The Green and Yellow Backers are the 1st to troll a Vikings or Bears article. But if you say ANYTHING negative about the Packers on a Packers website. You WILL BE BLOCKED AND BANNED. It is the weaskest bunch of wussy cult fans in the NFL

  62. @sonofad
    And that was without AP and a “ROOKIE” QB. Arrogant Aaron’s first year as QB wasn’t much better. Remember 2009? He looked pretty damn bad. But you conveniently forget that. Right? Teddy will be great because not only is he talented, he eats, sleeps, and breathes football. Hard worker. First one there and last to leave. Loves the game. You putting this really good kid down makes YOU the degenerate.

  63. Here’s my answer to “3 minutes away from last year”
    “MAJOR CHOKE”

    And unfortunately for the 0 Time World Championship Vikings, they weren’t even in position to choke in the NFCCG. Much like that 41-0 embarrassment against the Giants, which is the REAL biggest choke job in NFCCG History.

    I do find it funny when Vikings fans talk about playoff losses while their team is sitting at home again. It’s hard to finally get that elusive SINGLE championship when you’re team is sitting at home all the time.

  64. If football was played on paper then you’d be a REAL dynasty. The fact that you are buying in to the “Annalist’s” as proof of a good draft — knowing good and well that it takes years to really see the fruits of a draft — tells me everything I already knew about you delusional Viking fans. I can’t wait until September when the real football starts…you can have all the spring and summer victories you want as long as we continue our recent dominance when it counts.

  65. @alopez72packattack–well enjoy your so-called “dominance” while it lasts, because it never does in the NFL. And unless you dial 1-800-psychic or own a freakin crystal ball, you have NO idea how next season will play out. I find it amusing that you’re already proclaiming your dominance when one bad hit to your one trick pony and none of you Cheeseheads will “RELAX”.

  66. overratedselfpromoter says:
    May 5, 2015 7:32 PM

    The Green and Yellow Backers are the 1st to troll a Vikings or Bears article. But if you say ANYTHING negative about the Packers on a Packers website. You WILL BE BLOCKED AND BANNED. It is the weakest bunch of wussy cult fans in the NFL
    1
    3
    Report comment
    ????????????????????????????????????????????????
    One of my best friends Wife’s Family are Die Hard Packer Fans. He says he HATES visiting when there is a game. He told me if the Packers lose, you cant talk to anybody, the whole House goes on silent alert. Guaranteed 2 of the guys will call in sick for work the next morning.. I mean this is serious attitude. and for Gods sake dont bring up plays they did wrong! ESPECIALLY IF IT IS THE VIKINGS THAT BEAT THEM. Then Ron gets to enjoy a 7 hr Drive home in the quiet, Poor Ron is the only Vikings fan! And I’n not kidding, he has gotten things like, Bonnie! You Didn’t! You brought the Vikings Jinx! and these guys are DEAD SERIOUS They said a decade or two past there were actually fist fights, Things have sure changed since I was young,
    It seems like a true to life Deliverance scene….

  67. well enjoy your so-called “dominance” while it lasts, because it never does in the NFL. And unless you dial 1-800-psychic or own a freakin crystal ball, you have NO idea how next season will play out. I find it amusing that you’re already proclaiming your dominance when one bad hit to your one trick pony and none of you Cheeseheads will “RELAX”.

    ——————-
    Living in Minnesota, I remember when Vikings fans used to say the same thing about life after Favre. “Once you lose him, your team is going down!!!” SKOLOLOL!

    Funny……..I’m not sure how the best QB in the NFL who is a dual threat passing and running is a one trick pony. That kind of logic is why Viking fans are always laughed at mercilessly.

  68. The Minnesota Vikings history begins and ends with Grandpa talking about the glory years. Where the Vikings set a record for SB losses by an NFL team and came away with 0 World Championships.

    In the last decade, the Packers have won more playoff games than the Vikings have participated in.

    SKOLOLOLOL!

  69. Even if he COULD run 4.25 (which he can’t), that still wouldn’t make him the fastest player in the NFL…

    …just off the top of my head, I know that Breshad Perriman ran between 4.20 – 4.24 at his pro-day, depending on which teams scouts you want to listen to.

  70. blackngold4life says: May 5, 2015 8:09 PM

    I calld it after he left Pittsburgh.. Big Ben > Tannehill

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Just looked at the stats and the look about the same to me.

    Of course there are variables like BR had been established at QB for 5 years already when MK came on and he had 3 years Collage before hand.

    RT had been in his 2nd year when MK came on. And had only played around 1 full season at QB in collage.

  71. Tannehill ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at his pro day.

    Pre-draft measurables MW 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds.

  72. If you really think about it…if you had to defend the Vikes potential lineup (if AD is the back), you are going to need awesome safety play. Safety panic is warranted. Norv is drooling.

  73. @lindacaseauthor — seems like Viking fans are the psychic lines best customers since you all spout off as to your supposed dynasty with nothing but hopes and wishes to back you up…at least we can look at our “actual” recent dominance of the NFC north and your Vikings as solid proof so no psychics needed

  74. Wallace will do better with the vikings than here in Miami. But just don’t expect him to be a complete receiver, he’s not. He’s a luxury that can make an offense more explosive and he draws coverage.

    It’s obvious Wallace was a bad fit here, for the scheme and the QB. But what I was disappointed with, is that he left a lot of catchable balls on the field. I thought “every” receiver knew how to go up to the high point and get the ball to prevent it from being batted away. Not Wallace. I was honestly stunned. But he will make some wow plays for you occassionally, also.

    Miami has the receivers they need now. Instead of overpaid Wallace who can’t catch, and overpaid Hartline who can’t run, we have emerging star Landry, Stills, Jennings and rookie Parker. Parker does everything Wallace couldn’t do.

  75. “I’m the fastest player in the NFL”… when I try… Of course, I also specialize in making quarterbacks look foolish — loafing on one play, sort of trying on another, going flat out on another…

  76. iammrbinky says:
    May 5, 2015 3:34 PM
    Rothlisberger has pinpoint accuracy (nope) and Tannehill doesn’t.

    Wrong. Look it up. Both Ben and Tannehill had similar numbers as far as passing % with Wallace. Ben just threw it up a lot more often.

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