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Dolphins' Mike Wallace already impressing Ryan Tannehill

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

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Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill likes what he sees so far from new receiver Mike Wallace. (USATSI)

During his first four seasons in the NFL, former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Wallace developed a reputation as a speedy wide receiver. Wallace led the league in yards per catch his rookie year (2009) and finished second in 2010.

Now Wallace is with the Dolphins and his speed is already impressing his new quarterback. "We've thrown and I'm excited from what I've seen so far," Ryan Tannehill told 790 WAXY-AM in Miami via sportsradiointerviews.com. "I think he is what everyone says he is coming in. He's a fast guy who can really stretch the field."

So how fast is Wallace?

Let's let Tannehill answer that one, "The first day we were starting off half-speed and he ran a route and I said, 'Hey man, just take it down a notch. We're going half-speed.' He said, 'I am going half-speed,'" Tannehill said. "I was like 'OK.'"

With Tannehill under center, Wallace could thrive in the Dolphins offense next season. Tannehill had a 43.1 percent accuracy rate on throws of over 20-yards last season, a number that ranked seventh in the NFL and a number that should allow Tannehill to take advantage of Wallace's speed.

To put Tannehill's accuracy number in perspective, Wallace's quarterback last season, Ben Roethlisberger, had an accuracy rate of only 31.9 percent on throws over 20 yards. Roethlisberger's number ranked 29th in the league.

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