Mike Wallace more comfortable in Vikings' offense


Mike Wallace's best attribute on a football field is speed.

In Wallace's first four NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he averaged 17.5 yards per catch and compiled 32 touchdowns. Those numbers got him P-A-I-D in free agency.

Unfortunately for Miami, the Dolphins bought a roadster when they needed an SUV.

Wallace's numbers in South Beach dipped to 12.8 yards per catch with 15 touchdowns -- though he tied a career high with 10 touchdowns in 2014 -- in the Dolphins' quick-passing offense.

Now with the Minnesota Vikings after an offseason trade, Wallace believes Norv Turner's vertical offense fits his deep-threat skill set perfectly.

"I think it's more so (like) my first four years," Wallace said, via ESPN.com. "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's been putting in extra work with Wallace to create chemistry on those deep throws. The second-year signal-caller showed vast improvement on his deep touch as the season progressed last year. If that carries over, he should be able to hook up down the field with Wallace on a much more consistent than Ryan Tannehill ever could in Miami (the Dolphins' quarterback hit on just 13 of 49 passes of 20 or more yards last season, per ESPN.)

The Vikings' offense has the capability to be sneaky good in 2015. We expect Teddy Bridgewater to make a big leap in Year 2. The addition of Wallace to the rising Charles Johnson and a healthy Kyle Rudolph at tight end, gives Bridgewater solid targets. When Adrian Peterson shows up, he'll provide Turner the workhorse back needed for his play-action shots down the field.

Minnesota should be considered a rising team with a good shot to grab one of the NFC Wild Card spots.

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