Could Eagles WR Mike Wallace be in for a big night vs. Falcons
5 September 2018 Eagles News
Short on wide receivers, the Philadelphia Eagles might turn to one of their newer additions to produce for them tomorrow versus the Atlanta Falcons.
Last season, former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace hauled in 52 passes for 748 yards and four touchdowns. He was a big play wide receiver who averaged almost 15 yards per receptions. Since 2016, Wallace has led the NFL in 50 plus yard receptions, proving yet again he still has his speed.
Fitting perfectly in the void left by Torrey Smith, Wallace was slated to start next to Alshon Jeffery. However with Jeffery out, Wallace could be in for an even bigger role. Right now, the Eagles are going into this game very short on wide receivers, with really just one guy (Nelson Agholor) returning from last year. The Eagles are going into this game with Wallace, Agholor, Shelton Gibson, DeAndre Carter and Markus Wheaton. They’ll depend on a veteran like Wallace to carry the load.
Last season, Atlanta had the 12th best passing defense and when the two teams met, the Eagles weren’t able to score passing the ball, but they threw for 246 yards. Jeffery and Smith led the way.
Knowing all of that, it will be very important for Wallace to not only be a target, but to be a problem. And by that I mean, he needs to keep the defense honest with his speed. If the defense respects the Eagles ability to throw deep, it changes the looks they’ll give them and once that happens, it’s all opened up for them. Wallace could be the guy who strikes fear in the defense and makes a big play of two while doing so.
Tomorrow night the lights will be on and one wide receiver needs to step up. Wallace could be the one to seize the moment and propel the Eagles offense to new heights.
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