Fresh off the news wire Mike Wallace will start against Denver!!!
Fresh off the news wire Mike Wallace will start against Denver!!!
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...knows-offense/The Steelers have been practicing together for a long time at this point in the year, but they had an old friend join them for the first time on Monday.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace was a participant in practice for the first time this season, leaving him little chance to make up for lost time before the start of the regular season. The good news is that Wallace declared himself “surprised” with how well he already knew the offense despite offensive coordinator Todd Haley installing it while he was away from the team.
“I have been studying it. I have a good grasp of it. It’s just running the plays off of it. I am getting there. I like where I am at,” Wallace said, via the team’s website. “The main thing is the timing aspect of it, just getting back to knowing what Ben (Roethlisberger) likes, what I like. It’s not going to be hard because we have been together so long. It’s just a new offense. He just has to make sure I know what I am doing. I did pretty good today but it was only one day, we have a long way to go.”
Wallace said that he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll play on Sunday night, but there doesn’t seem to be any doubt that Wallace will be on the field against the Broncos. He’s in shape and his presence as a threat should be a boost to the Steelers offense even if he hasn’t digested the entire offense at this point.
Not terribly surprised that Wallace will start. But I expect other receivers to have more impact early in the season.
Sweet! Bring it Mike!!
Not surprised here either. I do think he's going to be limited somewhat in the first few weeks, it's only natural until he gets his sea legs back.
I'll be interested to see how the Broncos roll their coverage against our receivers.
- From BRC's Bionic of Awesomeness
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/...ice-run-sundayA Mike Wallace-only minicamp rapidly prepared the Steelers’ wide receiver to get up and running for his first practice since last season.
Despite Wallace’s absence from training camp in Latrobe and every other team activity since the end of last season, his teammates expect Wallace to run with the starters Sunday night in Denver.
“I think he’ll be in there quite a bit,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Monday.
The reasoning is simple. No playbook study or video-watching session can prepare a player to run as fast as Wallace does — he was timed at 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash in college — and it’s obvious the Steelers’ offense is much less scary without Wallace outrunning defenders downfield.
“It’s the one thing we were missing,” safety Ryan Clark said.
Wallace practiced Monday for the first time since ending a 35-day holdout that began when he didn’t get a new contract by the start of camp July 25. According to Wallace, he rotated in with the other receivers, much like he would any other practice.
The big question as Wallace sat out was how long it would take him to get comfortable with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook, one that his teammates say is substantially different from that of former coordinator Bruce Arians’.
Rather than wait out his teammates’ three-day weekend break that started after their preseason game against Carolina on Thursday, Wallace — who reported last Tuesday — showed up at the Steelers’ practice complex Friday and Saturday to get a condensed version.
The sessions were so long and intense, Wallace said, that wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery allowed him only a few minutes off for lunch before they resumed work. Wallace gave Montgomery only Sunday off so the assistant could have one day with his wife and children.
“He gave me a big jump with that,” Wallace said. “Coach is always a good person about that. He loves working anyway. He didn’t want me to really go home
(over the weekend), so he was in there, keeping me. … Those days, those hours really helped me and I appreciate that a lot.”
Wallace picked up so much during the cram course, he was comfortable with all of the play calls Monday. Wallace and Montgomery also talked periodically while Wallace trained in Orlando this summer with conditioning expert Tom Shaw.
“It’s really the terminology (that’s different),” Wallace said. “There’s not too much (different) as far as the plays. Once you’re in the NFL, I think all that stuff starts to run together. Of course, you have a couple of different plays, but I feel like the terminology is the main thing. I like where I am right now.”
Then Wallace smiled and said, “His (Montgomery’s) job depends on me, so he wants me to be up to speed.”
The Steelers’ season might depend on whether Wallace can return to being the big-play receiver he was for most of his first three NFL campaigns, when he averaged at least 16.6 yards per catch every season. But while Wallace started last season with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games, he had only one more the rest of the season.
Wallace will feel more comfortable if he can practice Wednesday — after the game plan is installed — with as little trouble as he experienced Monday. He doesn’t think Haley will hold back any of his playbook just because Wallace wasn’t there in Latrobe learning it with the other receivers.
“I’ve got to know everything. I can’t just run down the field,” Wallace said. “I have to be able to do short (routes), long, and it was a good day for me. … I don’t think they have to hold back too much.”
Roethlisberger said how much Wallace plays Sunday depends on several variables.
“How’s he practicing? How’s his wind? What’s the call? I’m sure there are plays (he’ll miss), he’s not going to be able to play every play — no one does,” Roethlisberger said.
Wallace has until Sunday to work out a new multiyear contract. Even if he doesn’t sign, the Steelers could designate him as their franchise player and bring back yet again next season. For now, he insists that isn’t on his mind.
“It’s fun being with these guys,” Wallace said. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Even if the one place he wants to be was the one place he couldn’t be found until last week.
@EdBouchette: #Steelers Tomlin said he was impressed with Wallace's knowledge of his part of the offense and said he's in "decent" conditioning
Tomlin was also asked about how Wallace is doing and if he'll start in Denver. Of course he gave his usual down played, non committing, statements like "we'll see how things go" the rest of this week, etc. I think we'd all be shocked if he's not out there in the first series.
Encouraged, and hope the Steelers can get the protection needed for those 3 burners to be out in routes. Hard to defend, but will have to fend off Dumervil and Miller's pass rush.
Just hope Ben spreads the ball around and doesn't try to force feed Wallace, who will likely draw the double coverage from the defense.
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