Mike Wallace is fully expected to report to the Steelers today, and finally sign his contract and end his useless holdout. But he’s been expected to report nearly every day for the past week or so. Will today be different? Will the question of where the f@#% is Wallace finally be answered? Where’s the cream filling?
This calls for Wallace Watch 2012, which is infinitely more fun than lockout watch, although I still miss Ron Burgundy and Brian Fantana. So, where the f@#% is Wallace right now as I write this? Well, at the airport of course.
That’s the word according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, a report graciously brought to us by Rotoworld’s Evan Silva. Steelers officials picked him up at the airport this morning, and we’ve yet to receive word on whether or not they were armed.
It’s still quite confusing as to why Wallace took this long to report. His holdout was indeed useless, but his motivations were two fold. Firstly, he wanted some straight cash homey, and then when it became apparent that more greenery wouldn’t land in his pocket — especially after Antonio Brown received his contract — Wallace simply didn’t want to get hurt during training camp. But the possibility of an injury exists in every practice, and the gruesome two-a-days in the August heat were completed over a week ago.
Since his delay lingered he’s now created another little opening week problem for those of us who own or are about to own Wallace on our fake teams, which is the most important ramification of his actions. Assuming that car from the airport doesn’t divert to a shady back alley where dice are rolled or something and Wallace signs his restricted free agent tender today, he still can’t practice for three days under the new CBA rules.
That means he’ll have only one week of practice to absorb Todd Haley’s new offense that’s notoriously complex for receivers. Consequently, while he’ll play and contribute, it seems unlikely that Wallace will be Pittsburgh’s primary receiver and play a major role during their opening week game against the Broncos.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t start Wallace, because his speed and boom potential should never be left on your bench. But just knock those expectations down a few notches for one week, and if possible structure the rest of your lineup to compensate for numbers that are below Wallace’s norm.
The other problem that’s yet to be determined is exactly what Wallace’s norm will be following Brown’s late-season rise last year, and his big money contract. The pieces are in place for a platoon of sorts on the Steelers’ WR depth chart, with Wallace and Brown being 1 (A) and 1 (B), and there won’t be a clear separation between the two.
And now the links part of the links post…
- Remember that time when I wrote some stuff about Maurice Jones-Drew? Well yes, there have been multiple times over the past week. Like, say, pretty much every day. But dammit, I’m talking about yesterday, when I said that his draft stock is about to take its greatest tumble yet, while on the other end Rashad Jennings’ value is escalating quickly. Welp, now it’s looking like MJD’s holdout is definitely, absolutely, almost surely going to last into the regular season, according to The Scheft. [Rotoworld]
- The Jets traded one crappy offensive lineman (Wayne Hunter) for another (Jason Smith), and this information is important to you during the busiest draft week only because it’s yet another reason to stay the hell away from Mark Sanchez. [New York Daily News]
- Robert Griffin III tried to guess his Madden rating. [Hogs Haven]
- Braylon Edwards has had his share of criticism and crappiness, but between his stops in Cleveland and New York, he’s received an education in awful quarterback play. He knows what a bad QB looks like, and Russell Wilson doesn’t fit the description. In fact, he said as a rookie Wilson looks better than Sanchez did during his first season. So there’s that if you needed another reason to raise Wilson’s draft stock, and later today our boy Alen will be along to break down the former Wisconsin stud’s tape. I gotta say, the Wilson Kool-Aid is delicious. [Doug Farrar on Twitter]
- Adrian Peterson took an important step in practice, as he’s now taking hits and being exposed to contact. You can still make fun of the guy who drafts him, but just know that Peterson may soon crush you. [Pioneer Press]
- If you’re drafting Jake Locker you’re only doing it because he’s also a quality QB sleeper, and similar to Wilson he offers good late-round value. However, the problem with those young QB sleepers you stash on your bench is that if they suck really bad for even a game or two, they could find themselves on a very different kind of bench. Mike Munchak’s endorsement of Locker through good times and bad wasn’t exactly filled with confidence. [PFT]
- We’ll conclude today with something that may not be entirely fantasy related, unless your research is far too unhealthy. But either now or later during your lunch break while you’re eating that ham sandwich that represents the height of your gourmet cooking, take a few minutes for this long read about Tony Romo and his best high school game. [D Magazine]