As far as production I think Wheaton will be extremely effective (doesn't mean he needs to equal Wallace last year) and we won't miss Wallace who IMO will have a mediocre season in Miami not worth the contract he got.
Last edited by Oviedo; 08-08-2013 at 09:08 AM.
I've never idolized Wallace. I have looked at his numbers and watched him play. His game speed is incredibly fast. I haven't seen many faster, if any. I certainly didn't want the Steelers to give him the same deal he got with Miami. However, I think letting a player with his production and ability leave for a third round pick a year later is the poor use of an asset.
I think Wallace is kind of a jerk and I hope he does not succeed. But I don't have the same level of vitriol for him as you.
If you want to naively think that Wheaton will produce what Wallace did as a rookie, go ahead. Look at the numbers of rookie WRs throughout the league on an annual basis. Look at the production of Steelers rookie WRs. And after you look at some data, tell me how probabale that really is. I know, I know, you don't like data, and just prefer to spout out without support.
I like Wheaton and I'm excited for his potential. That said, I just don't see where he would replace what Wallace did.
Wallace averaged 17.2 YPC in his NFL career and 13.1 YPC last year in what was easily his worst pro season. Wheaton, by comparison, averaged 13.7 YPC last year - the best of his career - in college. I think he has the potential to be a very good intermediate type receiver - like Brown is, like Sanders could become, like Holmes was in his prime. I have no reason to believe that he'll become a guy, like Wallace, that you had to gameplan around.
Wallace had ludicrous speed and could sometimes get to plaid. Wheaton has light speed and can maybe make it to ridiculous speed. The Steelers should be ok.
Wallace had the luxury of Hines and Holmes on our team... and an OC who was all about the vertical game. I doubt Wheaton will match Wallace in yardage or ypc but he may surpass him with in the chain moving department. I'm not concerned with matching individual stats... I think Wheaton will have a bigger impact in our playoff run.
..and I'm not sure why some are so down on a WR getting praise this year... it's normal for fans to want the guy who is on our team to have a better year than the guy who left for more money.