Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Referees    Browns

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-08-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
mesaSteeler
A Son of Martha
Supporter
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers
Posted on March 8, 2011 by adam
http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/0...ide-receivers/

ESPN.com is spending the offseason compiling player power rankings and on Tuesday the top wide receivers were examined. Topping the list is Houstonís Andre Johnson (no argument on this end), followed closely by Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White. No Steelers receiver made the top-10, but Mike Wallace did come in at No. 12, just behind New Englandís Wes Welker and just ahead of New Yorkís Santonio Holmes.

He received just three top-10 votes.

Hereís what James Walker, the AFC North Blogger for ESPN, had to say regarding WallaceÖ

Wallace has just one year as a starter and still has to improve in certain areas before heís considered an elite receiver. His route-running on short and intermediate passes is getting better, but itís nowhere near some of the best at his position.

Nothing we havenít heard or read before, so it is what it is. Still, even for all of Wallaceís perceived flaws (like being, in Mike Tomlinís motivational words, a one-trick pony), he has been by just about any objective measure one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL over his first two seasons, especially when it comes to making big plays.

He has finished in the top-two in Yards Per Catch his first two years and has been in the top-four in Football Outsiders DVOA (value per play ó we reference it a lot, and in case youíre not familiar, you can read all about it right here) in his first two years, including a league-best 48.9 percent mark in 2010. The gap between Wallace and the No. 2 receiver in that area, Colts receiver Austin Colie, was as large as the gap between Collie and the No. 27 receiver, Marques Colston. Insanity. DVOA certainly isnít perfect and itís not an end-all, be-all, but it does help paint a nice picture.

Wallace can certainly get better and become a more ďwell-rounded receiverĒ, and that has to be a scary thought for the rest of the AFC. As the 2010 season progressed he started to become more of a factor on the short and intermediate routes, turning 10-yard passes into 40-and 50-yard gains.

The one name on the list that bothers me the most is Denverís Brandon Lloyd. If Wallace gets punished in part for only being a one-year starter, Lloyd should get punished for being complete garbage for most of the first eight years of his career. A free-agent failure in Washington, Lloyd caught on in Denver in 2010 in an offense with no running game that was constantly playing from behind, a great recipe for huge catch and yardage totals. He received five top-10 votes, including a pair in the top-five. One voter put him in at No. 2 behind only Roddy White, which seems a bit odd. For me, Iíd like to see that 2010 wasnít a fluke (itís certainly looking like the outlier of his career at this point) before I put him among the NFLís elite.
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2011, 09:09 PM   #2
.24lockdown
Draft Prospect
 
.24lockdown's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 105
Member Number: 7265
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

Wallace can be THEE single best receiver in the game. His potential is that crazy. Think he's good now? He may have exploded out of the gate for his first two years, but i think he will explode again into the 'elite WR's' of the NFL in a couple years.

Oh yeah and he would have gotten SB MVP had we ended up scoring on that final drive. (Yes I know he could have caught that one on 4th down, but it was a hard catch.)
__________________
.24lockdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2011, 10:06 PM   #3
SH-Rock
Living Legend
 

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3,646
Member Number: 15497
Thanks: 401
Thanked 938 Times in 364 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

I hope his dropped catch in the Super Bowl will motivate him to improve himself.
SH-Rock is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 12:01 AM   #4
Wallace108
Guest
 

Posts: n/a
Member Number:
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

Quote:
Mike Wallace did come in at No. 12, just behind New Englandís Wes Welker and just ahead of New Yorkís Santonio Holmes.
Wallace is rated higher than Holmes? Say it isn't so.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 12:31 AM   #5
Fire Arians
Anti-Spammer Mod
 
Fire Arians's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 9,246
Member Number: 16570
Thanks: 1,281
Thanked 4,595 Times in 1,971 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wallace108 View Post
Wallace is rated higher than Holmes? Say it isn't so.
santonio who?
Fire Arians is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 07:47 AM   #6
steelerchad
Team President
Supporter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,134
Member Number: 5792
Thanks: 7
Thanked 288 Times in 142 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

I think the article is a good one. Wallace ranks very high in production per touch or catch. The question is how do we get him more touches or catches? He ranks very low in overall catches compared to the rest of the top receivers. I like to spread the ball around to whoever is open, but Wallace's stat line was like 3 catches for 103 yards and 1 TD on a regular basis last year. What happens if we get that # of cathces up to averaging 6 or 7 per game.
steelerchad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 10:15 AM   #7
Curtain_of_Steel
Head Coach
Supporter
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,627
Member Number: 11678
Thanks: 54
Thanked 58 Times in 40 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

I keep seeing this Santonio name pop up, lol

As per Wallace, every WR will drop passes. Wallaces growth did show in the SB in the final drive when he was raising his hands on what to do. that takes experience, but use your brain... run man run, lol Ben will find you.. Get to the marker and get the 1st down on the route, not raise your hands and say im clueless, lol

He will get better and better..
Curtain_of_Steel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 11:17 AM   #8
Atlanta Dan
Resigned
Supporter
 
Atlanta Dan's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 13,659
Member Number: 728
Thanks: 1,610
Thanked 5,113 Times in 2,391 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

Wallace played against three good defenses in the playoffs, but my expectation the 2011 playoffs were going to be his showcase to be a top shelf WR (as occurred with Lynn Swann in 1975) did not occur.

Steelers coaches (aka Arians) were anonymously quoted by the P-G that Wallace was having trouble getting separation on anything other than burning straight down the field in the post-season, which was the explanation for all of the screen passes.

But Wallace definitekly has more upside than Holmes - IMO a lockout would hurt someone such as Wallace who presumably wants to work on raising his game to the next level this offseason
Atlanta Dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2011, 11:45 AM   #9
steelerchad
Team President
Supporter
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,134
Member Number: 5792
Thanks: 7
Thanked 288 Times in 142 Posts
Default Re: Mike Wallace and the NFLís Top Wide Receivers

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan View Post
Wallace played against three good defenses in the playoffs, but my expectation the 2011 playoffs were going to be his showcase to be a top shelf WR (as occurred with Lynn Swann in 1975) did not occur.

Steelers coaches (aka Arians) were anonymously quoted by the P-G that Wallace was having trouble getting separation on anything other than burning straight down the field in the post-season, which was the explanation for all of the screen passes.

But Wallace definitekly has more upside than Holmes - IMO a lockout would hurt someone such as Wallace who presumably wants to work on raising his game to the next level this offseason
I'm guessing he has alot of trouble getting seperation on routes where he's not using his flat out top speed or screens at or behind the line of scrimmage. He doesn't seem to be targeted much on the intermediate routes except in the S.B.
steelerchad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts