Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace caught a season-high eight of 10 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 loss at Denver Pioneers .
It's somewhat surprising that Wallace had his best game of the season against a really strong secondary, and it's not like his production came in garbage time or something. On the flip side, Charles Johnson (ribs) was inactive and Jarius Wright (hand) was active, but did not receive a target, meaning Wallace had more opportunities. Make sure you have Wallace on your bench next week, as the Vikings will have their bye.
While the speedster led the team in both yards and receptions, the defense and the running game staked them to a 31-7 lead and the passing game took a back seat.
This is likely to be the case whenever the team gets ahead, as they seem content to rely on Adrian Peterson, limiting what second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is asked to do.
Wallace could be more involved next week if the Vikings get down against the Broncos on the road, but he will also have to contend with their excellent cornerback duo of Chris Harris and Aqib Talib.
Wallace was stuck in a West Coast system in Miami, which resulted in two seasons with weaker numbers than he produced in his heyday with the Steelers. His 12.8 yards-per-catch average with the Dolphins was a far cry from the 17.2 he achieved previously. He caught 12 passes of 20-plus yards in Miami after snagging 44 in four years with Pittsburgh.
For a receiver that was clocked at 4.33 in the 40 in 2009, those statistics in Miami are unworthy of his speed. He is seeking a quarterback that can fire the ball downfield and will be given the freedom to do so. He is hoping it's Teddy Bridgewater. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is vowing to cut the offense loose, which pleases Wallace.
"I think it's more so [like] my first four years, he told ESPN. "It's a vertical offense, [rather] than a short, West Coast offense. You go down the field a lot more here, more what I'm accustomed to."
"Without a doubt, I'm the fastest player in the NFL," Wallace said. "If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I'm never going to back down from competition."
Wallace was recently acquired in a trade with the Dolphins. He struggled to connect on the deep ball with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill during the last two seasons, but he expects that to change with the Vikings.
"The last couple of years I haven't been able to showcase my separation, but I'm positive that it will happen now," Wallace said.
After sitting out the second half of the season finale over reportedly getting into a halftime argument with coaches,
Despite apologizing for his actions during the season finale, Wallace was still traded to the
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