Miami Dolphins Training Camp Profile: Mike Wallace
The Miami Dolphins enter training camp with a cupboard full of offensive weapons, which is more than anyone would really say about this franchise last summer. Coach Joe Philbin seems well-aware of this, and frankly, downright giddy.
“I think the biggest things that we’ve talked about is being able to move the chains,” Philbin said, via the Miami Herald. “I think really [that’s] the one deciding thing that gets you the opportunity to call more plays and play faster. The more weapons you have on offense, you’ve got to believe that helps your percentages of getting more first downs and creating that type of tempo.”
As he did in Pittsburgh, Mike Wallace adds an element that can rip off the top of any defense in the league. The development of receiver Brian Hartline and quarterback Ryan Tannehill provide the perfect complement to Wallace’s ability to burn. If Lamar Miller can deliver on the flashes he showed in the run game down the stretch in 2012, this offense is rounded out.
Wallace might have some hard feelings due to the Steelers essentially choosing Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders over him, which is just the type of thing that should help Wallace hit a bounce-back year in 2013. The veteran receiver is already clicking with Tannehill but couldn’t help showing some passive-aggressive scorn for the organization that cut him loose.
“Everybody has a college mentality around here,” Wallace said. “It’s a lot different than where I came from. Everybody’s hungry. Everybody wants to get better, get to where we need to be — that’s a winning record.”