Mike Wallace: Ravens have a QB who can sling the ball, that’s what I need

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When wide receiver Mike Wallace broke into the NFL with the Steelers, he quickly became one of the league’s best deep threats while running down balls thrown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

A desire for a bigger contract helped lead Wallace to Miami, where he didn’t enjoy the same success on the receiving end of Ryan Tannehill’s throws. Things weren’t any better with the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater last season, leading the Vikings to release Wallace rather than pay him $11.5 million for the 2016 season.

Wallace signed with the Ravens on Tuesday for two years at the same $11.5 million in salary and said at a press conference that he’s looking forward to playing with Joe Flacco, whose years with Baltimore have featured plenty of deep balls that turned into catches or pass interference penalties.

“You have a quarterback that can really sling the ball,” Wallace said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “That’s what I need.”

There are a lot of question marks in the Ravens receiving corps, but things should look a lot better than they did this year if Wallace revive his deep threat credentials while Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman return from injuries in good form.

79 responses to “Mike Wallace: Ravens have a QB who can sling the ball, that’s what I need

  1. Hey, he’s right. The Ravens should be a good fit. Wish him the best — that contract is not too bad given his numbers the last two years.

  2. Career-high 10 TD’s with Miami, that’s not including the one’s he dropped. What he needs is to stop acting like he is one of the best receivers in the league. He is fast, that’s about it, but Flacco has a big arm and will utilize it. I’d like to see him run his mouth if he is not catching balls with Steve Smith in the same locker room. That would be something I would like to watch.

  3. This guy is so full of it. Tannehill actually hit him pretty well more than a few times. Wallace just gave terrible effort in tracking the ball and making efficient catching moves. I remember one time he tried a one-handed grab in the end-zone when he didn’t even need to, dropped score. Thanks Mike.

  4. It doesn’t matter who your qb is Mikey, if the OC doesn’t allow him to throw farther than 15 yds by scheme, your not beating anyone deep. Funny thing was last season, is that us Vike fans lost count how many times perfectly thrown balls hit him in the hands but somehow ended up hitting the ground. Good luck Joe…LOL!

  5. This is just another clue that Teddy doesn’t have what it takes past dumping the ball off or tossing a 5-7 yard route. The Vikings better hope that Peterson runs for 2,000 yards over the next few years, or they are going to be the same one and done or no playoffs team like always.

  6. I think a lot of people that watch football, noticed that Theodore struggles with the Deep Ball, mostly, some of it is his throwing motion, some of it he does not have Elite arm strength, Wallace has played with Big Ben and he has a great arm, since Wallace isn’t a great ALL around WR, he just likes to run deep routes, that’s why he wasn’t effective in his last two stops.

    Flacco needs to start making the players around him better, I understand the benefit of having a veteran on the WR group, as it can help the WRs and Flacco, but he is at the age where if people don’t start making those around them better it doesn’t tend too happen. If you look at Matt Ryan he is in a similar position at this point in his career.

  7. Good luck to Wallace, even though I’m in no way a Rayvens fan. Too bad he couldn’t find success here in MN, can’t really argue with his implied criticism of TB. From the fans’ perspective, he continued to work hard and be a good teammate through those unproductive seasons. That’s a credit to him and runs counter to the reputation he earned in Miami.

  8. Probably best that he was cut from the Vikings. Was never on the same page as Teddy who constantly overthrew him, mostly because Wallace can’t run routes. Vikings would have been better off with Johnson and Diggs last year who can both run the entire route tree efficiently. I do, however, agree that the Ravens are a good fit for him.

  9. With upgrades in the offensive line, a less predictable offense, and some different receivers, I believe we’ll see a big improvement in Teddy’s deep ball accuracy.

    Meanwhile, I expect Wallace’s numbers to continue to decline. There’s more to being a deep ball receiver than being able to run fast.

  10. hehateme2 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:33 PM
    This dude is toxic. Always quick to blame others for his own shortcomings. Can’t run a route the same way twice…soft and suspect.

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    Umm, what are you talking about? With the Vikings, he didn’t complain at all to my knowledge. All while being underutilized and with a QB who couldn’t hit anything past 10 yards. I heard he was a hard worker and he blocked a lot in the running game.

    Yeah, he had some issues in the past, but not recently.

  11. I wish Mike well, I really do. Mostly because I like Joe Flacco and I think he deserves better than what the football gods have been dishing out to him as of late (now, don’t get mad at me my fellow Vikes’ fans, I know what you are thinking and yes, the football gods have given us less than, well less **** forever and ever, but it never does anyone any good to wish someone ill-will going to a new team. If going to the Ravens resurrects his career, well, good for him. It obviously was not a good fit in Minnesota or Miami. No matter what Our Vikings will be just fine without him.

  12. He and Ben were dynamite, but YMMV.

    I saw him less as a deep threat, throw the bomb kinda guy, and more of an incredible YAC guy .. get a ten – fifteen yard reception, a slight angle or cut and no one could catch him.

  13. LOL…another diva WR to the Ravens. Wallace did better at collecting his paycheck than he did earning it since he left Pittsburgh. I don’t expect that to change in Baltimore but I’m sure it will be someone else’s fault again.

  14. Steelers’ fans, we know you miss Mike and would like to have him back but he doesn’t want you anymore. You have Antonio Brown. Heck, he’s had one whole awesome TD against the Ravens in the last six meetings. That’s one point per game. Don’t worry. It’ll be alright. No need to get nasty. We feel your pain.

  15. I wish the guy well. Hopefully the Ravens can return to form after a disastrous season a year ago.

    To his credit, the Viking coaches never criticized his work ethic.

  16. I liked Wallace’s effort this past season, but you can’t excuse the fact that if he gets bumped on the line, then he rarely recovers to be where he’s expected to be.

    He also has a recent tendency to try and deceive defenders by not starting at full speed, preferring to make his cut and then top out. Problem is he also deceives his QB too.

  17. This is why I didn’t want Wallace in New England, he would have been underutilized here too. Brady cannot throw over 15 yards accurately anymore. Ravens is a good fit for him.

  18. I’m not going to go ahead and say that Bridgewater is an elite QB or even above average YET but I’m sick of the comments that he can’t throw past 10 yards. I’d argue that some of his best throws are in the 10-20 yard range. We all like the deep ball and I miss the days of watching Moss but there’s more to a QB than just the deep ball. Best of luck to Wallace in Baltimore but he never fit Bridgewater’s strengths.

  19. yup. I agree. hey, good luck mike.
    more important, the ravens have signed a former steeler.

  20. Note to Spielman – it’s better to match your QB’s skills with your receiver’s skills (leads to more completions).

  21. I never got why everyone hated on Wallace’s actual production so much in Miami. He finished 2 seasons with about 1,900 yards and 18 Touchdowns. Thats pretty respectable considering the expectation was not to they were getting the best WR in the league, but one who’s speed had the same impact on defenses as a top WR, which it did. He commanded a lot of double coverage.

    I know they paid a hefty chunk of change, but Ryan Tannehill and a lot of others were on rookie deals. It never really hurt their cap or deterred them from other acquisitions.

  22. Now I know that comment will solicit complaints from the Viking fans but he is just stating the obvious. Teddy can do some things but a deep ball is not one of them. Teddy is not very accurate and has a herky jerky throwing motion that limits his throwing lanes because of his relatively low release point but to hear the Viking fans talk, he’s a franchise QB that will lead them to the promise land. I suppose that might be true if you define the promise land as the lower deck on the boat as it cruises around Lake Minnetonka with bare naked hookers.

  23. He didn’t really fit what the Vikings are trying to do on offense which is control the ball[like every team doesn’t] and play smothering defense. Yes , Teddy threw short or off target but we don’t know what the routes were and Wallace dropped passes too. Ravens may be a better fit for him.

  24. Matt ryan and joe Flacco are at the same point in their career? What r u smoking?

    Superbowl champ, superbowl MVP, tied for best post season performance ever, first qb to win a playoff game in each of his first 5 seasons…

    What has matt ryan done again? Lolololo

  25. Would be nice to read an article about the Ravens without all the hateful comments from the black and gold fans. What are you doing on an a post about the Ravens? I guess your team doesn’t have anything going on? I tell you this, I got better things to do than read about any of our AFCN rivals.

  26. Guys fast. Cant teach speed. Just never could run routes. Clearly im no fan of Joey, but the guy can bomb that ball. Mabye it will pay off.

  27. Now they have a QB that can really sling a ball, and a receiver that can’t really catch a ball.

  28. To all the packer trolls and there are many. I still find it so precious watching replays of Fabio flailing and trying to play tackle football on Fitzgeralds catch and run in the playoffs. Go watch it on YouTube it’s awesome

  29. one mans trash is another mans treasure well in this case 31 men’s trash is the Ratbirds 12 million dollar treasure…lol, this makes me chuckle..Ozzie’s just throwing up hail mary’s…almost 40 million on the cap for a old and slow safety and 1 trick pony wr..I’m thinking cte is setting in for Ozzie and he thinks he’s back with the Browns.Oh wait…

  30. He’d be a great receiver if he didn’t have to catch that meddling football!
    Run fast in a straight line, catch a whole bunch of balls from Juggs machine after practice, and apply absolutely none of it in a game.

  31. Yeah he can sling it. But if it doesn’t hit him on the numbers it won’t mater. That is the only target the ball won’t bounce of his pads. And for a guy his size he surprisingly never uses his body to fend of anyone.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:55 PM
    With upgrades in the offensive line, a less predictable offense, and some different receivers, I believe we’ll see a big improvement in Teddy’s deep ball accuracy.

    Meanwhile, I expect Wallace’s numbers to continue to decline. There’s more to being a deep ball receiver than being able to run fast.

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    Keep dreaming pal, lol. I can see that Vikings fans are still as delusional as ever.

    I heard this same song and dance with Christian Ponder after they reached for him in the draft. For 3 or so years it was always excuses and that he was going to get better and be a franchise QB. How did that work out?

    Now that I think of it, I heard it with Tarvaris Jackson too. All the Vikings fans kept waiting for him to be a franchise QB and making excuses the years he was starting.

    And how is your offense going to be less predictable? Norv Turner is who he is. He doesn’t have Troy Aikman or Philip Rivers to work with in Teddy.

    And the biggest issue that Vikings fans won’t admit until Peterson isn’t there anymore, is how much Peterson handcuffs this team. Yeah it’s great to have a RB who is capable of a 2,000 yard season, but what have they done with him there? It seems like ever since he has been there, the offense is catered to him. Yeah he gets his yards, but the rest of the offense goes nowhere.

    Once again, good luck with Teddy. You either can throw the ball deep accurately by now, or you can’t. He can’t. I don’t expect that to change overnight.

  33. steelerfan63
    Mar 15, 2016, 4:49 PM EDT
    He’s right about the good match. Garbage player to a garbage team. Good luck with this headcase.
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    SteelerFan63 – what does that say about your team losing twice last season to this so-called “garbage team”? Once with our 4th QB of the season! I think you should be more concerned with your team’s sticky icky problem. RB’s, WR’s, etc., etc., etc.

  34. Definition of “sling it”- Throw down field as far as you can with no accuracy and hope it’s caught by your guy.

    I could be wrong but I don’t think Joe’s yards per attempt is much higher than Teddy’s. I’m to lazy to click on his name.

  35. You had that in Pittsburgh, luckily for our sake you thought the grass was greener. Biggest favor you e ever done was turning that offer down so we could sign Brown!

  36. Teddy “over threw Wallace because Wallace can’t run a route?”

    COME ON MAN….

    Teddy can’t overthrow his center much less a deep threat receiver.

  37. h0metownzero says:
    Mar 15, 2016 6:16 PM

    It looks like there is another severe outbreak of Noodle Arm Denial Syndrom in MN again.
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    Still in denial? TB led his team to a division championship in his second season and took his team right down the field in the 4th quarter of the playoff game, it’s not his fault Walsh missed. What happened to your HOF QB in the playoffs the last 2 years? GB lost 1 WR and their offense turned to garbage. An obese RB with an eating disorder and a QB who throws people under the bus, sounds really good. Jared Cook and Jordy to the rescue. Can they tackle 1 wr and stop him from embarrassing your team right out of the playoffs? Oh yeah, how many fumbles did Rodgers lose in that first AZ game when they got stomped out? Fraud.

  38. Mike Wallace NEVER dove for the ball and when the ball was slightly overthrown he would purposely let up so he wouldn’t have to dive. Good riddance to Mike Wallace and his ridiculous 11 million dollar salary.

  39. teal379 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 7:29 PM
    Teddy “over threw Wallace because Wallace can’t run a route?”

    COME ON MAN….

    Teddy can’t overthrow his center much less a deep threat receiver.

    Watch more Viking games. Teddy’s deep ball problem isn’t arm strength, it’s mechanics/accuracy. He constantly OVERTHROWS the deep ball.

  40. Of course he was a bad fit on Minny. He’s a deep ball threat and the vikings are a dink and dunk passing team.

    MN figured out that Wallace was a waste for the qb they have so he moved on tot a team that has a QB who can toss the ball accurately beyond the hash marks and farther than 12 yards.

    MN needs a bunch of smurfs at WR and to run a passing game like NE does. Otherwise they are never going anywhere with Bilgewater.

  41. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:

    Steelers’ fans, we know you miss Mike and would like to have him back but he doesn’t want you anymore.

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    Wrong as usual. And the Steelers were never interested. Funny watching the Ravens FO panic and overpay him thinking the Steelers would sign Wallace. In reality the Steelers know that Wallace’s one trick act is over since he doesn’t have the speed he once had and now struggles to get separation. The Steelers instead wisely spend on a young and solid pass catching/athletic TE with great upside, who will torch the Ravens secondary.

  42. Let’s see..he lost significant speed..improved slightly on his alligator arms..can run decent 10 yard routes..other than that, expect him to be non existent when Flacco throws the ball 50 yards high and downfield waiting for a pass interference call..

  43. absodefinitely says:
    Mar 15, 2016 7:40 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Mar 15, 2016 6:16 PM

    It looks like there is another severe outbreak of Noodle Arm Denial Syndrom in MN again.
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    Still in denial? TB led his team to a division championship in his second season and took his team right down the field in the 4th quarter of the playoff game, it’s not his fault Walsh missed. What happened to your HOF QB in the playoffs the last 2 years? GB lost 1 WR and their offense turned to garbage. An obese RB with an eating disorder and a QB who throws people under the bus, sounds really good. Jared Cook and Jordy to the rescue. Can they tackle 1 wr and stop him from embarrassing your team right out of the playoffs? Oh yeah, how many fumbles did Rodgers lose in that first AZ game when they got stomped out? Fraud.
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    Teddy led his team to 14 TD passes, 8 against the Bears and Lions. AP and the defense led this team, not Teddy.

    Teddy shrunk in big games: 99 yards passing and 1 INT against the Packers in Week 17, and 146 yards against the Seahawks in the playoff loss. Teddy couldn’t get the Vikings into the end zone against Seattle, and left every score on Walsh’s leg.

    I probably wouldn’t talk about other teams road overtime playoff losses in the second round when the Vikings’ can’t even make it out of the first round at home.

  44. Good luck to Mike Wallace. He did everything the coaches asked of him while in Minnesota.The coaches really liked his attitude. I think it is a better fit for him in Baltimore

  45. Looks like the Ratbirds finally found a way to fix their complete inability to find wide receivers in the draft – let the Steelers draft for them! LOL!!!!!

  46. shaggytoodle says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:46 PM

    “Flacco needs to start making the players around him better, I understand the benefit of having a veteran on the WR group, as it can help the WRs and Flacco, but he is at the age where if people don’t start making those around them better it doesn’t tend too happen. If you look at Matt Ryan he is in a similar position at this point in his career.”

    Would you say Flacco has done a good job of making guys like Kamar Aiken, Crockett Gilmore, Maxx Williams, and before, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta all better? Hell, Marlon Brown had 7TDs his rookie year under Flacco!

    Matt Ryan has Julio Jones to make him look good. Flacco doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves, and he probably prefers it that way too.

  47. Hahaha elite qb only threw 2 tds over 20 yards but he is definitely paid like a elite qb. Wallace this team is hot garbage they can’t draft definitely showed up last year when a injury happen new draft pick stepped in and did horrible. I guess you can’t really screw up the 4th pick in the draft right?

    Your team is the laughing stock of the nfl old, injuried, and slow!

  48. Teddy was more efficient throwing deep as a rookie or anyone else BUT Wallace this year so that says a lot about Wallace. Besides the obvious fact that he has no class or any problem with throwing people under the bus or taking responsibility for his own ineptitude , Wallace just isn’t that good. He’s basically a another Ted Ginn but not as fast or shifty as Ginn. He dropped an east TD in game 1 last year against SF and that set the tone for his season. He’s still living off the fact that Big Ben made him look better than he really was. Someday the rest of the league will realize it.

  49. Welcome back to the AFC North. Things are pretty much the same as they were – Steelers are king, ravens only slightly better than the browns, and cincy still paying Lewis to lead his team to playoff losses.

  50. And the biggest issue that Vikings fans won’t admit until Peterson isn’t there anymore, is how much Peterson handcuffs this team. Yeah it’s great to have a RB who is capable of a 2,000 yard season, but what have they done with him there? It seems like ever since he has been there, the offense is catered to him. Yeah he gets his yards, but the rest of the offense goes nowhere.
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    I’ve been saying that for the last year. Peterson does more to hurt the offense than help it. I’m not the only one, either.

  51. This season will tell if it was the last 2 QB’s or Wallace being lazy.
    It still doesn’t explain all those dropped passes that hit him in the numbers.
    TROLLS WILL BE TROLLS

  52. One trick guy. He runs a post or a go. Nice pickup b more.wow you are just getting older not better. If this guy was so good he wouldn’t be in his 4 team. You will be fighting for 3rd place next year. Get your crab ready.

  53. Wallace is a crybaby

    He never made an effort to catch a ball unless it
    was right in his hands
    Always had an excuse

    See ya Loser!!!!!!

  54. Mike Wallace was suprassed in catches and yards last year by a rookie and a tight end. Someone was catching the ball, just wasn’t him.

    Ravens can have him and his salary.

  55. Work on that 22nd deep ball 2015 stat grade Falcco. However I doubt MW will be helping much.

  56. Mike Wallace: Ravens have a QB who can sling the ball, that’s what I need.

    Unfortunately, Mike still sees himself as the top priority.

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