Mike Wallace was signed by the Ravens this offseason to provide depth at receiver. With Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman both working their way back from injuries, Wallace can fill in as a starter if they're out to start the season or work as a part-timer if they're healthy. The Fantasy world was underwhelmed by Wallace's weak 2015 campaign with the Vikings and won't be too interested in adding him in drafts unless it's clear Smith and Perriman are out well past September. Keep him off of your rosters.
Wallace was an everyday participant throughout voluntary OTAs, the Ravens' official website reports. When Wallace agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million contact in March, it appeared he would face tough competition for targets, joining a team that already had Steve Smith (Achilles), Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman (knee), in addition to a stable of capable pass-catchers at running back and tight end. Though the latter part of the equation remains unchanged, Wallace's competition for snaps out wide may be lacking, as both Smith and Perriman are uncertain for the start of the season. Set to turn 30 in early August, the speedy veteran is trying to bounce back from a career-worst 39-473-2 receiving line, hoping he won't be marginalized in the Ravens offense the way he was with Minnesota.
Wallace agreed to terms with the Ravens on Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun reports. Coming off a career-worst 39-473-2 receiving line (72 targets), the 29-year-old Wallace was released by Minnesota last week. He should be a better fit in Baltimore's offense as a deep threat for strong-armed Joe Flacco, but Wallace will likely have to earn his playing time, as the Ravens also hope that Breshad Perriman (knee), Kamar Aiken and Steve Smith (Achilles) will have key roles. If Perriman and Smith are both healthy, it's possible Wallace will be resigned to a role as the No. 4 or 5 wide receiver.
Wallace was released by the Vikings on Tuesday, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports. Wallace would've had to accept a massive pay cut to have any shot at sticking with the Vikings. He'll probably look to find a new home, coming off an ugly 2015 campaign in which he caught just 39 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns on 72 targets in 16 games. Wallace will be one of the more interesting options in a weak free agent class at his position, but he's still unlikely to find an assured starting job.
Wallace caught his lone target Sunday for 10 yards in a loss to Seattle. Wallace's first year in Minnesota finished with a thud Sunday as he was held to one catch for the fourth time this season. In fairness, Sunday's game took place in brutally cold conditions, meaning that it was unlikely for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to be taking deep shots all afternoon against Seattle's secondary. However, the fact remains that Wallace caught just 40 of his 73 total targets this season with the Vikings, a catch rate of just 55 percent. Wallace hadn't been targeted under 100 times in a season since he was a rookie, when he still outproduced his 2015 campaign with 39 catches on 72 targets (all regular season) for 756 yards and six touchdowns. Barring a major change to Minnesota's offensive philosophy, Wallace will likely continue to be a misused entity in the Vikings' system.
Wallace had two receptions for 11 yards, but was targeted six times in Sunday's win over the Giants. Wallace had his most targets in seven games, but he didn't do much as Minnesota didn't need to throw the ball very often after getting a large early lead. Wallace has been a bit player in Minnesota's offense with only three games of more than three receptions, and none in the last nine games.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|7||10/23||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|14||12/13||@New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|3 Year Avg||109||60||755||6||40||12.58||112|