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 passed the Ravens' conditioning test Friday morning, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports. Wallace hit five of the test's six benchmarks Thursday, leaving little question he'd be able to pass within the first few days of training camp. This can now be written off as a non-issue, as there's been no indication Wallace showed up to camp overweight or otherwise out of shape. With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both shaky for the early part of the season, Wallace and Kamar Aiken may need to lead the Baltimore wideout corps.
Wallace failed a conditioning test that he will need to pass before he's allowed to practice, the Baltimore Sun reports. Wallace may get another chance to pass the test Thursday, prior to the Ravens' first full-squad practice of training camp. He did hit five of the six benchmarks on the test, suggesting it shouldn't be long before he's on the field. Wallace signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract in March, despite posting a 39-473-2 receiving line for the Vikings last season. It initially appeared he might need to compete for snaps, but with Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (Achilles) uncertain for Week 1, the Ravens may end up relying on Wallace more than originally expected.
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.
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|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|