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5 Reasons Why Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace Will Excel In 2014

5 Reasons Why Mike Wallace Will Excel In 2014

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace enters a pivotal year in 2014. A year after signing a five-year, $ 60 million deal with the Dolphins, Wallace will enter 2014 hoping that it's a lot better than how his 2013 season turned out. In spite of increased expectations due to the Wallace signing, the Dolphins' offense failed to show any improvement from 2012 to 2013. Here are five reasons why Wallace will excel in 2014.

5. New Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor

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5. New Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor

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Bill Lazor begins his first season with the Miami Dolphins as offensive coordinator. Lazor has already stated his intentions to move Wallace around the offense into different spots to maximize the five-year veteran's skills. Wallace was vastly underutilized under Mike Sherman in 2013. With a coordinator such as Lazor recognizing Wallace's ability to gain separation from opposing defenders, Wallace's statistical output should be much better.

4. More Weapons For QB Ryan Tannehill

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4. More Weapons For QB Ryan Tannehill

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Ryan Tannehill will have more weapons at his disposal, which will only benefit main weapons such as Wallace. The organization added tight end Arthur Lynch, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Knowshon Moreno in the offseason. With attention from opposing defenses being paid towards the aforementioned targets, Wallace should find himself facing one-on-one coverage rather frequently in 2014.

3. Decisive Year In Wallace's Career

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3. Decisive Year In Wallace's Career

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Because of how disappointing his 2013 campaign was, Wallace will have to prove his doubters wrong by turning in an excellent 2014 season. In 2013, Wallace had 73 receptions for 930 yards and five touchdowns. Wallace was so inconsistent throughout the season that he had nine games where he had less than 50 receiving yards. If Wallace fails to excel in 2014, the Dolphins will likely cut ties with the veteran receiver following the season.

2. Dolphins' No. 1 Performer During OTAs

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2. Dolphins' No. 1 Performer During OTAs

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Wallace was frequently cited as the Dolphins' top performer during OTAs in early June. He was often the last player to leave the practice field during minicamp. The veteran receiver is more motivated than ever to perform, especially following his mediocre 2013 season with his 2014 impending cap figure of $ 17.25 million.

1. The Way His Contract Is Structured

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1. The Way His Contract Is Structured

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The way that Wallace's contract was structured when it was signed in 2013 made it impossible for the Dolphins to shed the receiver this offseason. If the Dolphins had released Wallace, it would have resulted in $ 26.8 million in dead money over the next four seasons. If the Dolphins release Wallace following 2014, it would result in just $ 9.6 million in dead money over the next three seasons. That's even more motivation for Wallace.