Is Mike Wallace On A Path To A Redeeming Season With The Baltimore Ravens?
In an outstanding article from NFL Spin Zone (which is FanSided’s go to stop for coverage of all 32 teams) Mark Morales-Smith named Mike Wallace as one of the 5 players set to have a bounce back season. This is an excerpt from the article:
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throws one of the best deep balls in the league and the team is desperately in need of quality receivers. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him bounce back in a major way this season.[/blockquote]
So the question becomes whether or not Mike Wallace is indeed on the track to bouncing back. It really depends on how far he has to bounce back. While he probably won’t be as dynamic as he was in his early days with the enemy Pittsburgh Steelers, it wouldn’t be hard to top his 39 reception season in 2015.
One thing I would note though, is that the Ravens receiving group now looks potentially dynamic. If Steve Smith Sr. is healthy enough to provide what he can provide, the Ravens offense is not lacking receiving help. Kamar Aiken is now a proven commodity and the Ravens have a ton of talent at the tight end position.
The point is that the Ravens don’t need Wallace to be their go-to-guy. What the Ravens need is a big play receiver that can stretch the field vertically. Wallace may not get more than 50 receptions this season, but his receptions are going to count for big yards and touchdowns.
This is a perfect situation for Wallace. Wallace is a speed demon type of receiver. He was born to make plays deep down the field. Flacco does indeed have a cannon of an arm. Flacco is a shot taker, an old school gunslinger who likes to let it rip. Wallace now has the perfect quarterback for him.
The long story short is that the Ravens love Wallace for what he brings to the table. They’re going to let him do his thing and good things will happen. Wallace may never be the kind of player he was in Pittsburgh, the kind of player that got him a big contract. Wallace however can be an important part of the Ravens offense.