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Big Ben: 'Fins WR Mike Wallace no 'one-trick pony'

The knock on new Miami Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace is no state secret. His speed is top-shelf, but he's still seen by his critics as an incomplete pass-catcher.

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Wallace's former teammate, says the "one-trick pony" tag is pure nonsense.

"Mike is way more," Roethlisberger told TheFinsiders on Thursday. "It's to Mike's credit. Mike is really focused on becoming a better receiver. So he's focused on his route running. He's focused on running out-routes, and curl-routes, and in-routes and doing all the little things that's required to become a great wide receiver. That's why he, to me, is one of the best in the league, because he not only has that speed -- he can run by anybody -- but he can (run) routes and he can get open."

Wallace -- who hit the open market at the perfect time -- earned a king's ransom from Miami that makes him the NFL's third highest-paid wideout behind Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.

Nobody questions where those two rank among their peers, but Wallace is on the hook to prove he's more than a straight-line deep threat. Keep in mind that two Steelers pass-catchers had more receptions than Wallace in 2012. The Dolphins are betting $60 million that won't be an issue in 2013.

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