Mike Wallace WR MIA 1 Month

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin believes Mike Wallace has had a "really good offseason program."

Per reporter Andrew Abramson, Wallace was "usually the last one off the field" in spring practice. It's nice to see an actually established player be the subject of so many offseason puff pieces. Words and performances from pad-less practices typically mean very little once teams actually start gearing up for the season in training camp, but it's clear Wallace has been energized by the Dolphins' regime change at offensive coordinator. Bill Lazor seems to have a much firmer grip on Wallace's strengths than his clueless predecessor Mike Sherman.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 1 Month

Mike Wallace has taken snaps out of the backfield in Dolphins OTAs.

Wallace, who has also lined up outside and in the slot, scored out of the formation last week. It's just the latest indication new OC Bill Lazor is serious about using Wallace as a movable chess piece after his predecessor Mike Sherman kept Wallace glued to the outside. We're still only in pad-less practices, but Lazor appears a good bet to make the Dolphins' offense far more watchable and competent in 2014.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 2 Months5 Comments

Mike Wallace confirmed he will frequently move around the formation in new Dolphins OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor comes from Philly, where DeSean Jackson was a movable chess piece and played 30 percent of his 2013 snaps in the slot. "Nobody can ever key on me," Wallace said. "Last year, you kind of knew where I was every single play." Indeed. Wallace played 90 percent of his 2013 downs on the right side of Miami's formation. He's a sneaky bounce-back candidate with high-end WR2 upside.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 2 Months

According to the Miami Herald, Mike Wallace is "clearly better spirits" under new OC Bill Lazor.

Per reporter Barry Jackson, Wallace is jazzed about the flexibility Lazor's offense gives him to "change where he lines up." Former OC Mike Sherman was infamously uncreative with his use of his No. 1 receiver. Wallace is a strong bet to improve on his 73/930/5 2013 line.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 2 Months

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes Mike Wallace could be primed for a big 2014.

Wallace posted a career-worst 12.7 YPC and five touchdowns under Mike Sherman last season, but has bounce-back appeal in new OC Bill Lazor's more vertical-based passing attack. He's reportedly put in better work this offseason and has shown improved chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. Wallace is moving all over the formation in OTAs after playing just three-percent of his snaps in the slot last year. With Lazor now calling the shots, the Dolphins should manufacture more touches for Wallace in 2014.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 2 Months

Mike Wallace admitted he "didn't feel like I knew what was going on" last season.

Observers of departed OC Mike Sherman's scheme didn't know what was going on either. He never even attempted to establish a run game, turned Ryan Tannehill into a pinata (league-high 58 sacks) and was strikingly uncreative with Wallace. New OC Bill Lazor is moving Wallace all over the formation, something that played a major role in DeSean Jackson's career-best 2013 season. Wallace says he feels "a lot more comfortable" and hasn't missed a single chance to work out with Tannehill this offseason. He's going to improve drastically on last year's career-worst 12.7 YPC and five touchdowns.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 3 Months

According to the Miami Herald, "several" Dolphins players believe some of the team's coaches "aren't big fans" of Mike Wallace.

A prominent agent also told the Herald that head coach Joe Philbin is "running in that place." The Dolphins are "looking closely" at first- and second-round wide receivers, and players on the team believe the Fins "want to replace (Wallace) in a year or so." Miami could save $2.5 million in salary cap space by releasing Wallace next offseason, or $9.3 million by cutting him in 2016.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 3 Months

Mike Wallace said the Dolphins' new offensive scheme is "my style."

Fired OC Mike Sherman believed in a quick-hitting, horizontal West Coast offense. Wallace was predictably a square peg in that scheme, simply lining up as a right-side clear-out receiver the majority of the time. He set career-lows in YPC (12.7) and touchdowns (5). New OC Bill Lazor is about chunk plays and moving his best players all over the formation. Wallace has bounce-back appeal.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 4 Months

Mike Wallace lined up as the Dolphins' right-side wide receiver on 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2013.

As reporter Armando Salguero notes, Wallace "rarely went into the slot" and "rarely motioned." This made Wallace easy for defenses to take away. Salguero suggests new OC Bill Lazor -- formerly the Eagles' QBs coach -- could employ Wallace like Chip Kelly did with DeSean Jackson last season. Jackson aligned all over the formation, and played nearly 30 percent of his snaps in the slot.

Mike Wallace WR MIA 4 Months

The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have "vehemently denied" that Mike Wallace is on the track block.

CBS Sports has reported that Wallace is on the block in each of the past two months, but the Dolphins have been firm in their denials. It's quite possible that the Dolphins aren't telling the truth, but Wallace's $15 million 2014 base salary makes him all but impossible to deal. We expect he'll remain in South Beach.