Mike Wallace:Future Of The Steelers At Wide Receiver

Ahmad RashadAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a touchdown as Jarrett Bush #24 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to tackle in the first quarter during the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver Mike Wallace made a heck of an impact in his rookie career as a Steeler. He has given the Steelers a deep threat they haven't had in a long time. Most thought he would be the number 4 receiver. But when Sweed dropped that TD pass in Cincinnati, Wallace got his chance to take his place and exceeded all expectations.

Let me give you his stats for his first year.

After playing in all 16 games, he has 39 catches, 756 receiving yards, a 19.4 YPC, 6TD's, and 5 rushes for 48 yards. What an amazing year he had. But lets not forget his impression of Holmes's SB catch in the corner of the endzone against the Packers with no time left to save our season from dying right then and there. Or that 60 yard bomb on the first play from scrimmage?

Remember, he's being apprenticed by Ward and Holmes so some credit has to go to them as well. Not only that, I think he will have a better year this year now that he has a better understanding of the offense. Keep him, Ward, Holmes, Miller, Mendenhall, and Ben healthy, and I see us possibly going 16-0 next year.