Mike Wallace is fast. Very fast.
To put his 4.28 40-yard speed in perspective, here’s a visual that shows he tested as one of the fastest wide receivers ever.
These numbers were recorded nine years ago when Wallace was only 23 years old, so he obviously might not be as fast as he used to be then.
But the stats don’t lie. His 14.2 yards per reception over the last two years and his 11 catches of 20-plus yards in 2017 indicate he’s still got it.
So does the game film from last season. His 2017 highlights below:
Some of those plays show that Wallace isn’t just a one-trick pony with deep speed. He makes some legitimately impressive contested catches at the 0:10 mark and the 2:30 mark in that video.
The following video shows highlights from Wallace’s career prior to joining the Ravens in 2016. His big play ability is on display.
The following touchdown catch is one of the most intriguing things about Wallace to me.
New Eagles WR Mike Wallace goes 95 yards for the TD! pic.twitter.com/Xa3p869MOI— Philadelphia Pride (@Phila_Pride) March 22, 2018
According to Pro Football Focus, Wallace was the best wide receiver in the NFL on slant routes in 2016. I’m imagining the Eagles calling some run-pass options with the hopes of getting the ball in Wallace’s hands for some big catch-and-run opportunities. Home run threat potential.