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AFC East top 25, No. 19: Dolphins WR Mike Wallace

Posted by Erik Frenz  May 14, 2013 08:00 AM

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Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.

Why Mike Wallace?

Mike Wallace is the only player included in the list who was signed into the AFC East as a free-agent this offseason, but he is immediately one of the two most talented receivers in the division.

Wallace took the league by storm in his first two years. He averaged 20.3 yards per receptions, the second-highest average in NFL history for any player with over 90 catches in their first two years.

wallace.pngHis burners have cooled off a bit of late, however, as he has averaged 14.9 yards per reception over the past two years. In 2012, he wasn't used to the best of his strengths. He matched his touchdown total from 2011, but averaged just 13.1 yards per reception.

Much was made throughout the year of Wallace's struggles catching the ball, and while six drops on 70 catchable passes is certainly worse than five drops on 80 catchable passes, his drop rate is three percentage points lower over the past two years than it was in the first two years of his career.

The Dolphins offense got a lot scarier when they added Wallace, but it will still be up to Ryan Tannehill to get him the ball.

Did you know?

Mike Wallace has the most career receiving yards and touchdowns of any player in the 2009 draft class.

Check back every morning as we reveal one player a day on our way to No. 1 in the top 25.

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Erik Frenz delivers analysis of the biggest news with the Patriots, including insight into the AFC East and New England's biggest rivals from a Patriots perspective. Erik is an interactive writer who engages his audience in his posts’ comments sections and on Twitter. Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions. More »


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