Mike Wallace: Ryan Tannehill Can Be As Good As Big Ben
Mike Wallace high on Ryan Tannehill
Updated: May 15, 2013
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When Mike Wallace left the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign with the Miami Dolphins, he also went from catching passes from a veteran Super Bowl champion to a quarterback entering his second season in the NFL.
But Wallace said Tuesday he believes Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill can be just as good as the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, who has passed for 29,844 yards, 191 touchdowns and has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles.
"It's funny, they both played receiver at the beginning of college," Wallace told reporters, according to The Miami Herald. "They both know what we [receivers] like to do out there, so the chemistry is there already. Both have strong arms. Ryan has a cannon, can really fling it."
Wallace said Tannehill "may be able to throw the ball a little farther than Ben."
"Obviously, Ben is more experienced in game-time experience," he told reporters. "The way it's going, it won't take long for Ryan to be one of the great quarterbacks. I feel like we can make a lot of big plays."
Down the Field
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill threw the ball downfield a lot last season, despite a lack of big-play threats. Now with speedy WR Mike Wallace in the fold, he may be doing it even more. A look at the top passers in 2012 on throws of 21 or more yards (minimum 30 attempts):
QB Att. Comp. Pct.
R. Griffin III 34 47.1
P. Manning 61 45.9
R. Tannehill 46 45.7
C. Newton 57 43.9
D. Brees 71 43.7
-- ESPN Stats & Information
He said establishing chemistry with his new quarterback "will not take as much time as people think."
"By the time we get to training camp, we'll be fine. We throw two to three times after practice every day," he told reporters.
Earlier in the week, Tannehill gushed about Wallace's speed, telling reporters that he asked Wallace to run his routes in practice half-speed since he was so fast. "I am going half speed," Wallace said, according to Tannehill.
"He's the fastest guy I've ever thrown to. It's exciting," Tannehill told reporters.
A converted receiver, Tannehill started only 19 games at Texas A&M, but was the first quarterback drafted in the first round by Miami since Dan Marino in 1983, and became the first Dolphins rookie QB to start all 16 games. He threw for 3,294 yards, more than acclaimed rookie classmates Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.