6:04 AM EST, Tue December 01, 2015
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 17 hours ago

Wallace still getting plenty of plays, other Vikings snap count observations

While wide receiver Mike Wallace was held without a catch for the second straight game and the third time in the past five weeks, the Vikings continue to start him and give him plenty of snaps. Wallace played 44 of 70 offensive snaps in yesterday’s 20-10 win over the Falcons. Only rookie Stefon Diggs played more among the wide receivers, with 54. It was the eighth straight game and the 10th out of 11 games overall during which Wallace played at least 40 offensive snaps. Still, despite the Vikings passing on 60 percent of the plays when he was on the field, according to Pro Football Focus,...

Vikings' receiver splurge falls incomplete

A very close look indicates that Mike Wallace is a costly bust.

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Vikings fine with lack of takeaways, Smith sits out practice and more

Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — The Vikings are 7-3 with a defense that ranks ninth in the NFL overall, fifth in third-down conversions and third in scoring. But when it comes to takeaways, only four teams have fewer than their modest total of 11. — Harrison Smith was held out of practice on Wednesday. But the standout safety downplayed concerns about the severity of his knee injury. — This week’s five Vikings stats that stand out include a look at how Mike Wallace has been the NFL’s least efficient wideout the past...

Bridgewater confident that Wallace's big-play opportunities will come

Mike Wallace wasn’t going to win an NFL receiving title playing on a team built around Adrian Peterson, defense and favorable field position. But he was averaging 4.3 catches for 48.7 yards through his first six games. And those six games included season highs in catches (eight), yards (83) and Wallace’s only touchdown in the Week 4 game at Denver. For those still keeping track of how the team does each week, the Vikings lost that game at Denver. In the past four weeks, Wallace had two catches for 26 yards. He had no catches at Chicago, although Teddy Bridgewater did overthrow him after...

Five Vikings stats that stand out, such as Wallace's ineffecient stretch

Each Wednesday, we highlight five Vikings stats that really mean something. 0.21 — yards per route run by Mike Wallace the past four games On Sunday, for the second time in four games, Wallace was held without a catch. He was targeted just twice against the Packers, dropping one pass and not being able to get both hands on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s deep ball on the other. According to Pro Football Focus, Wallace ran 124 total routes the past four games but he had just two catches and 26 receiving yards to show for it. That’s an average of 0.21 yards per route run, dead last in...

Disappearance of Mike Wallace from Vikings offense is stunning

Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace, considered a key acquisition this offseason, didn’t exactly start 2015 lighting the world on fire. That said, his first six games offered at least reasonable production: 26 receptions (on 38 targets) for 292 yards. It’s not No. 1 wideout production — and Wallace is certainly being paid like a No. 1 WR — but it was acceptable. Projected over a full 16-game season, Wallace’s first six games had him on pace for 69 catches for close to 800 yards. Again, not great but still useful on a team that doesn’t throw the ball a ton. However, Wallace’s...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Nov 13, 2015

Vikings' Mike Wallace frustrated, but optimistic

Mike Wallace is well aware his hefty contract could make this a one-and-done season with the Vikings.

Five Vikings stats that stand out, including Wallace's lack of deep balls

Each Wednesday, we highlight five Vikings stats that really mean something. one — catch by Mike Wallace on passes thrown at least 20 yards The Vikings traded a fifth-round pick to acquire Wallace, one of the NFL’s best long-ball fetchers, and are paying him $9.9 million in 2015. Yet, he is averaging just 11.2 yards per reception on his 26 catches. What’s puzzling is that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has only targeted him seven times on passes thrown 20 yards or more this season, and he has caught just one of them, per Pro Football Focus. Which begs the question: Why did the Vikings...

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