Wallace Stressing Patience

WR Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace said Monday after practice that he embraces the high expectations that Dolphins fans have for him after he sign a big free agent contract in the offseason. That's a good thing because the expectations certainly are there. Wallace just doesn't want anybody to panic just because he's not producing big plays every time he steps onto the field.

"I hear the questions," Wallace said. "My family is always going to tell me. They're going to keep me on my toes. But like I always tell them, I don't care. That's your job. That's the fans' job. Everybody is doing their job. We're going to do our job. As long as everybody is on their job, we're going to get this thing working."

For example, a lot was made of Wallace not catching a pass during his brief appearance in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday night.

"Obviously a lot of things go into that, it's not just me getting open," Wallace said. "Everything has to flow together and we'll take care of it."

Wallace actually had two nice catches at practice Monday, one on a bomb where he got behind two defenders and another in traffic between two defenders.

But it's going to be difficult, if not impossible, for Wallace to please those who think he should be a touchdown machine for the Dolphins.

"I kind of feel it, but I like it," Wallace said. "I like the pressure. I think I can handle it. I'm not worried about it. It's not going to make me lose sleep. I welcome all of that. That's why I'm here. I want to be a guy who's got the pressure on. I don't want to be a guy that they're not worried about. I want to always be pressure, try to be the best I can be."

As for his own expectations, it's obvious they're pretty high as well.

Wallace says he doesn't have specific numbers in mind, but ...

"I want the league in everything that I possibly can. You plan for anything other than that, you're settling. I want to be the best. I'm not out here to be second-best, third-best. I want to be the best player. There's a big-time challenge in front of me, but I'm up for it. That's why I'm here."

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