Miami Dolphins newcomer Mike Wallace says he wants to lead the NFL in receiving – and other stuff, too.
That’s a lofty goal considering Wallace has yet to catch a pass in the exhibition season. He missed the Dolphins’ first game with a groin injury, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill never looked his way during their brief time on the field in Friday’s victory at Jacksonville.
Wallace, who totaled 32 touchdown catches in four years at Pittsburgh, was signed as a free agent in March to upgrade Miami’s mediocre passing game.
”I want to lead the league in everything I possibly can,” he said Monday. ”If you plan for anything other than that, you’re settling. I want to be the best. I’m not out here to be the second-best or third-best. I want to be the best player in the league. There are some great guys to try and catch, so I have a big-time challenge ahead of me, but I’m up for it. That’s why I’m here.”
Even though he has yet to catch a pass in a game for the Dolphins, he said he’s meshing well with Tannehill.
”Ryan and I are feeling good about each other,” Wallace said. ”You’re not going to see too much frustration out of me. I feel like I’m doing a great job of working on getting to my spots and learning the offense. As long as I know where I’m going and can play fast, I’ll be fine.”
Last week Wallace said he’s the fastest player in the NFL, and he looked the part when Tannehill hit him deep for a touchdown during seven-on-seven drills in practice Monday.
”When you have a guy with that type of speed, it is exciting to throw the ball downfield,” Tannehill said. ”It’s not going to be five touchdowns a game; I think that’s what everyone kind of seems to be hinting at. But we are going to get him the ball. He’s going to get open short and deep. There is no need to panic or push to try to force him the ball. It is going to happen.”