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Big Ben remains confident in Mike Wallace despite drops

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11:50 AM ET 10.23 | Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Wallace has not had a reputation as a wide receiver with unsure hands over the first three-years of his career but perhaps his holdout this offseason could be contributing to a case of the dropsies over the past few weeks. Wallace had multiple big time drops in the Steelers win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night but that didn't stop quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from continuously looking his way. When a wide receiver continues to drop open passes, it is natural for the team's quarterback to lose confidence in the wideout and look at their other options. This wasn't the case for Roethlisberger and Wallace. In fact, Roethlisberger targeted Wallace 15 times throughout the game. Wallace dropped 4 of those passes. "I don't shy away from them even with drops," Roethlisberger said. "I will always have confidence in them no matter what. These guys all hold themselves to a really high standard, and it just shows how valuable these guys are to our attack." Wallace is looking for a big money contract this offseason so the flurry of drops could influence his contract talks with the Steelers. At the same time, Wallace is on pace for a career high in receptions so he has proven to still be a valuable part of the Pittsburgh offense.

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October 23, 2012  12:18 PM ET

Well thats 26% drop rate, did he catch all the rest or were some Ben's issue ?

October 23, 2012  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well thats 26% drop rate, did he catch all the rest or were some Ben's issue ?

He dropped 3 against you guys in Week 5. Suffice to say, Ben is accurate and Wallace is looking to make a big play w/o catching the ball first.

October 23, 2012  01:09 PM ET
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Wallace is looking to make a big play w/o catching the ball first.

And that is a pretty easy problem to fix. He needs to let the contract take care of itself, and take a deep breath, and go catch the ball. The big plays will be there for him, because he has the talent. The big bucks will arrive too, because he has the talent. Just go play football.

October 23, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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And that is a pretty easy problem to fix. He needs to let the contract take care of itself, and take a deep breath, and go catch the ball. The big plays will be there for him, because he has the talent. The big bucks will arrive too, because he has the talent. Just go play football.

From your keyboard to his brain.....

October 23, 2012  02:41 PM ET

Right now, I;m more confident in Morley Safer.

October 23, 2012  03:00 PM ET

Gee, I wonder if his holdout all year, a new OC and system to learn, and the fact that he is still a one trick pony, affects his performance? Watch Antonio Brown, the routes he runs, the special team plays, even his passing ability and anyone can see why he was given the contract. If Wallace is with the Steelers next year, it will be as a franchise player, no big contract for him in the Burgh.

October 23, 2012  03:28 PM ET
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Gee, I wonder if his holdout all year, a new OC and system to learn, and the fact that he is still a one trick pony, affects his performance? Watch Antonio Brown, the routes he runs, the special team plays, even his passing ability and anyone can see why he was given the contract. If Wallace is with the Steelers next year, it will be as a franchise player, no big contract for him in the Burgh.

Mangler - I still think they will try to sign him long term. But it won't be for more than they gave AB. Maybe $42-$46m for 6 years. Doesn't mean he'll take it though...

October 23, 2012  06:01 PM ET

The guys a loser, don't waste anymore money or time with him! The only thing big time about him is his drops!

 
October 24, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I think it's because he's had three good years that a couple bad games stand out so much. I don't think we need to break the bank to keep him around, but when he's on his game he does a lot to thin out the defenses we face.

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