Mike Wallace: Steelers WR Will Showcase World-Class Speed with Dominant Season

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Mike Wallace: Steelers WR Will Showcase World-Class Speed with Dominant Season
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace will have the best season of his career in 2012.

The Pro Bowler returned to the Steelers facilities on Tuesday despite having not yet agreed to a new long-term deal with the team, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

The speedy wideout will showcase his unmatched speed once again with the Black and Yellow, as he is set to pick up right where he left off last season.

Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, averaging more than 16 yards per reception and moving the chains a career best 54 times.

This was Ben Roethlisberger on Wallace's return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday (per ESPN.com):

"It's kind of like your parents telling you you get a new car then it has to sit in the driveway because you don't have any insurance," Roethlisberger said. "Once you get that insurance, you get out and take it for a ride."

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No one knows Wallace's strengths on the gridiron better than Roethlisberger, who has connected with Wallace countless times over the past three seasons, usually for big plays.

Wallace's world-class speed in the open field makes him a significant threat on deep routes and a lethal player once he gets the ball in his hands, even if he is catching a simple slant pass.

Fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown is just one of the Steelers playmakers who benefits from Wallace's breakaway speed. 

This is Brown talking about what Wallace does for him and the offense (per ESPN.com):

"A player like Mike is so explosive and gets so many things done," Brown said. "You need a guy like that on your team. It's amazing when you can get him lined up on the other side and you know what he is capable of. It's a great thing to have him here."

There is no denying Wallace's ability and the importance of his greatest asset. His speed separates him from any other elite NFL wide receiver and is why he will dominate in 2012.

Now that he is back on board, Wallace will be the Steelers' leading receiver in 2012 (for the third consecutive season). He'll catch close to 75 passes and rack up more than 1,000 yards. 

Opposing defenses simply won't be able to stop Wallace this fall. After all, you can't stop what you can't catch.

 

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