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mesaSteeler
11-11-2009, 11:28 PM
Wallace's Rookie Season Ranks Among Steelers' Best
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/11/11/wallaces-rookie-season-ranks-among-steelers-best/
Posted Nov 11, 2009 8:15AM By JJ Cooper (RSS feed)

Mike WallaceFor a team that has had three wide receivers earn Super Bowl MVP honors and has placed two wide receivers in the Hall of Fame, the Steelers have had very few receivers put together standout rookie seasons. Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress all went on to have excellent careers, but none of them finished their rookie years with 300 yards receiving.

Rookie Mike Wallace has already topped that, and he's on pace to put together one of the best rookie seasons in Steelers history. His season may not fully eclipse Louis Lipps' excellent 1984 debut and Jimmy Orr's rookie receiving record (way back in 1958) is at the outer edge of what Wallace could do this year, but Wallace is on pace to put finish with 50 catches and 874 yards, which would rank second in both categories among Steelers rookies. (1958?! Well that's is before even my time. - mesa)

It's also worth remembering that Wallace is doing this all as the Steelers No. 3 receiver. Thanks in part to the Steelers' newfound love of the passing game, Wallace is also on pace for the best season a Steelers No. 3 receiver has ever had (Bobby Shaw had 672 yards as the No. 3 in 2000).

Thanks to Pro Football Reference's excellent Play Index, here's the list of best rookie receiver seasons in Steelers history.

Rk Player Year G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Y/G
1 Jimmy Orr 1958 12 0 33 910 27.58 7 75.8
2 Louis Lipps 1984 14 8 45 860 19.11 9 61.4
3 Santonio Holmes 2006 16 4 49 824 16.82 2 51.5
4 Troy Edwards 1999 16 6 61 714 11.7 5 44.6
5 Ron Shanklin 1970 14 0 30 691 23.03 4 49.4
6 Charles Johnson 1994 16 9 38 577 15.18 3 36.1
7 Antwaan Randle El 2002 16 0 47 489 10.4 2 30.6
8 Henry Minarik 1951 11 0 35 459 13.11 1 41.7
9 Dave L. Smith 1970 14 0 30 458 15.27 2 32.7
10 Derek Hill 1989 16 8 28 455 16.25 1 28.4
11 Mike Wallace 2009 8 0 25 437 17.48 3 54.6

If you want to see the complete list of Steelers rookie receivers, head to this link.
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/play-index/

(Sweed who? - mesa)

solardave
11-12-2009, 04:36 AM
He's impressive I'll admit. The only knock I have is how after an int. or on special teams he seems to take time off but I think he'll get better with time. I think it's a rookie thing.

Galax Steeler
11-12-2009, 04:43 AM
I am really surprised at how well Wallace has caught on to the offense so quick. He has good hands and runs his routes very good to find a soft spot in the defense. The way he is playing you have to wonder what is going to happen to Sweed.

Steelers>NFL
11-12-2009, 08:43 AM
This guy Wallace has been a great find. The future is bright and the sky is the limit for him.
I just wished Big Ben could hit Wallace in stride 40-50 yards down field.

GBMelBlount
11-12-2009, 08:51 AM
Lipps had 9 touchdowns his rookie season? wow.


(Sweed who? - mesa)


Exactly.

I would love to see Sweed transition to become a standout NFL receiver for the Steelers, but it will be difficult as he will have to prove himself with the nominal amount of playing time (and looks ) he will likely continue to get.

I have no problem with this as Wallace has already transitioned imo.

revefsreleets
11-12-2009, 10:17 AM
I picked Wallace up for fantasy...why not?

ricksteelers55
11-12-2009, 10:17 AM
I am really surprised at how well Wallace has caught on to the offense so quick. He has good hands and runs his routes very good to find a soft spot in the defense. The way he is playing you have to wonder what is going to happen to Sweed.

I always been one of the few on here that has defend Sweed but I think next year's camp might be Sweed's last chance to prove his worth.I also wouldnt be surprise if they draft a tall WR in next year's draft to compete with Sweed.I just wish Limas is going to get back to what he's capable of.If he does we would have without a doubt the best WR corps in the NFL

BlastFurnace
11-12-2009, 10:22 AM
I always been one of the few on here that has defend Sweed but I think next year's camp might be Sweed's last chance to prove his worth.I also wouldnt be surprise if they draft a tall WR in next year's draft to compete with Sweed.I just wish Limas is going to get back to what he's capable of.If he does we would have without a doubt the best WR corps in the NFL

Wallace certainly has not made Sweed's life any easier with the Steelers. IMO, I keep Sweed on the roster next year as well. He's going to figure it out eventually and it might as well be with us.

SetTheTone10
11-12-2009, 10:26 AM
I'm not sending Sweed packing just yet. I BELIEVE IN HIM!!! lol!!! Buttttttt.... with compitition like Wallace on the field, his life isnt getting any easier. I still think that sweed should get the ball thrown to him a few times each game. Rotate between him and Wallace. He can't get any better sitting on the bench. What are you guy's thoughts??

LVSteelersfan
11-12-2009, 11:14 AM
Wallace has to be one of the best rookies out there this year. Unfortunately he probably won't get any mention for rookie of the year, but he should at least be in the conversation. I have not given up on Sweed quite yet. Hines is not going to be here forever. There is no one else to take his place on the practice squad that is worth a darn. Shaun McDonald should be given a shot as well. I am disappointed they have not used him more as I think he is good enough to suit up every week.

Angus Burgher
11-12-2009, 11:38 AM
Wallace has been incredible as a rookie. Hell, he's playing better than guys that have been in the league for 2-3 years. The sky's the limit with him. I hope Ben continues to target him. Could you see how awesome it would be if he had a 1,000 yard season in his rookie year? Then I think he'd HAVE to be in the running for Rookie of the Year, despite the NFL's massive hard-on for Percy Harvin.

Dino 6 Rings
11-12-2009, 12:05 PM
If Wallace keeps up his game, and continues to improve, and if Sweed comes along the way the coaches expect him to, then we could have a really potent group of WRs for years to come, even if Ward does eventually leave in 3 seasons (thats what I think). If we can keep Holmes as the "leader" in the WR position and just groom these young guys now, Ben has years of great play makers to work with.

atlsteelers
11-12-2009, 12:08 PM
did you all watch tomlin's post game news conference...when asked about wallace's success tomlin said " it scares the hell out of a coach" in refrence in trying to keep to the kid grounded. i think he has a great future with the black and gold.

Nadroj 20
11-12-2009, 12:23 PM
I picked Wallace up for fantasy...why not?

Good pick up really, he could make a great flex play week to week.

steeltheone
11-12-2009, 01:23 PM
Been a nice fill in in Fantasy...... I hated the pick on draft day...Boy was i wrong

SteelerEmpire
11-12-2009, 04:56 PM
Yea.... Wallace has gotten to the NFL and became a "mad man"..... almost like what the Steeler's had to offer him was the missing piece to a puzzle of his. As just still a rookie.....if this guy is going to continue to get better...... WATCH OUT !!!!!!!!! :tt03:

AllD
11-12-2009, 05:31 PM
BB is targeting Wallace this season like he did Holmes last season. He has an opportunity to be on par with #1 & #2 in clutch situations if he keeps coming up with the ball.

As for Sweed, we cannot afford to throw drive killing "maybes" at him. He can either catch or he cannot. Do not expect anything from him until he gets another camp. Then his value will be determined. I would resign McDonlad over Sweed anyday because he can contribute right now.

GoSlash27
11-12-2009, 05:43 PM
I notice that USA Today failed to mention Mike Wallace when discussing the NFL's stand-out rookies. Looks like he's still flying under the radar.

GBMelBlount
11-12-2009, 08:48 PM
I picked Wallace up for fantasy...why not?

Yep. I've had him for at least a month in the Steelers Fever League. :thumbsup:

I usually like to have 6 receivers.

MasterOfPuppets
11-12-2009, 09:49 PM
this draft has certainly produced what seems to be an outstanding group of receivers...

1 austin colie - 4th rd ...127 th pick
2 percy harvin - 1st rd.......22 pick
3 johnny knox - 5 th rd.....140 th
4 jeremy maclin - 1 st ....19 th
5 mike wallace - 3 rd ....84 th
6 hakim nicks - 1 st ....29 th
7 julian edelman - 7 th ....232 nd
8 kenny britt - 1 st ....30 th

all have at least 20 receptions... micheal crabtree, despite missing several games is climbing fast with 14 already.

tube517
11-13-2009, 02:59 PM
Don't know if this was already posted but Wallace won NFL rookie of the week:

http://news.steelers.com/article/113830/

O Sensei
11-13-2009, 08:29 PM
All I know is, on draft day, i took one look at that 40 time and thought...if this kid can catch at all he is gonna be a steal!

...and a steal he has been!