Now that wide receiver Mike Wallace has landed in Minnesota, as the result of a trade in March, he’d joined a team with an offense that should fit him much better than the one he left behind in Miami, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
The Vikings want to push the ball deep in Norv Turner’s offense, and Wallace, who was their top target at wide receiver this offseason, was the only one the team had interest in acquiring via a trade. He is playing flanker right now, but he said after the Vikings’ organized team activity on Wednesday that he expects to move around the offense. Wherever he is, Wallace expects to feel more at home than he did in Miami.
“I think it’s more so [like] my first four years,” Wallace said. “It’s a vertical offense, [rather] than a short, West Coast offense. You go down the field a lot more here, more what I’m accustomed to.”
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he has been spending extra time with Wallace each day, working on routes they ran in practice. The Vikings will use Wallace in a variety of ways — coach Mike Zimmer has pointed out how dangerous Wallace can be on screen passes, too — but his deep speed is probably the primary reason he’s in Minnesota now.
“We’re glad to have Mike,” Bridgewater said. “He’s going to add some speed to that room and all of those guys are going to continue to elevate their games.”
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