Mike Wallace ‘Needs The Rock’ More Often: ‘I Don’t Play To Block’

While the Baltimore Ravens are off to a relatively hot start, winners of their first two games, not all is well in the land of crab cakes, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. As if losing their best player, guard Marshal Yanda were not bad enough, now perhaps they may have to contend with the latent diva traits of wide receiver Mike Wallace.

While he hastened to note that he was smiling throughout the exchange, ESPN reporter Jamison Hensley noted during a group interview yesterday that the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver said no fewer than seven times that he “needs the rock”; that is, he is not happy with the number of touches and targets he is seeing.

Through the first two games of the season, Wallace has only been targeted four times in the Ravens’ passing game, catching two passes for a blistering 15 yards. He was targeted just once on Sunday, hauling in his lone target for eight yards. He caught one of three targets for seven yards during the season opener.

“Of course, when you play wide receiver, you’re always tempted to throw your helmet when you don’t get the ball”, Hensley quoted Wallace as having said. “There’s a certain way to go about things. I talked to my coach. We’ll get it done. We’ll make it happen”.

During his first season with the Ravens in 2016, the former Pro Bowler came one reception shy of his career high with 72 receptions, gaining 1017 yards with four touchdowns and averaging over 14 yards per reception. Outside of the touchdowns, those were his best numbers in years.

Wallace had not recorded a 1000-yard season since 2011 before last year, his third season in Pittsburgh. That is also the last time that he averaged at least 14 yards per reception. He has only three times caught at least 70 passes, and never more than 73. But the four touchdowns was the third-lowest total of his first eight seasons.

“It’s early in the season. It’s no reason to overblow things”, he did concede. “But, at the same time, need that rock. I need the rock. We’re going to be patient because we have a good thing going. That’s all that matters”.

He added, “as long you’re winning football games, we all know that’s first and foremost when you play football”. For the Ravens’ sake, they had better hope that they keep winning of Wallace is not going to get the ball, because as he concluded, “never forget — we need the rock. At wide receiver, you always need the rock”.

“I don’t play to block”, he said, something Steelers fans were no doubt aware of. “Our defense is kind of a curse for us right now. They’re so good that it’s killing us on offense. At the same time, don’t forget to give me the rock”.

But hey, he was smiling, right, Keyshawn Johnson?

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  • Bastiat

    Whatever you say, one trick.

  • dany

    translation: “I can’t block for sh**”

  • Michael Putman

    Eghh… I don’t think he said anything surprising or out of character for any WR in the league. They all want the catches, they all want the glory and very few actually WANT to block. For the time being, I don’t see this as a problem for Baltimore.

  • Kick

    He is a playmaker.

  • Blah blah blah, he’s had one good year since leaving the Burgh but was cast off of 2 teams after signing for big money. When they throw him the ball I hope he drops it.

    Mean while AB keeps getting better and better. Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but I’m glad Wallace turned down the contract the Steelers offered, because if he accepted, where would AB be now? Probably not here, remember, they chose to play Ward over Burress, but not both.

  • Jeff McNeill

    That is the attitude that has always been his problem.

  • pittfan

    What’s he talking about? A good D gets O the ball back.

  • Big Joe

    Still a whining, self-centered player. You block because it helps your team. Don’t want to? Retire and let someone else play who will do what their team needs them to do

  • Paddy

    Well he better get used to it, the Ravens offense is putrid

  • Big Joe

    Yeah, I wasn’t getting that one either. If they’re so good and get you the ball back, then you should be getting more catch opportunities – not less

  • Matthew Marczi

    He was talking about the fact that the defense has created a lot of turnovers that have given the offense short fields or have scored themselves, so they’ve built up leads by halftime that changes the playcalling to a more conservative approach in the second half.

  • Jones

    One play… That until last year hadn’t worked in years over 2 teams.

  • Brian Miller

    Ha ha!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    “They’re so good that it’s killing us on offense. At the same time, don’t forget to give me the rock”.

    shutup wallace.

  • Douglas Andrews

    This is good for the Ravens hope he continues whinning until he disrupts the offense and the team. In all fairness he’s got a valid point 2 receptions in 2 games off 4 targets. Any WR would complain about not getting the rock. As far as his blocking comment he is what he is and that may have been the reason the Steelers let him walk instead of breaking the bank on him.

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  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    The Steelers didn’t let him walk. They couldn’t afford him (thank The Lord). Whether they offered and he turned it down (which I suspect) or they didn’t bother, he got mega dollars from Miami. The team was very short on cap space at the time. Kept AB in the Burgh. Biggest break the franchise has caught since Ben falling to them in the draft.

  • mhurk

    pfft No He is not, He sure has not proven to be worth His salary that is for sure.

  • Kick

    He had a few big games last year. He is not worth the money though. We can agree on that . He is the best thing the raisins have.

  • Taylor Williams

    He’s only good at running 1 route

  • pittfan

    THat makes sense if that’s what he meant. rats have had 14-17 pt leads at halftime

  • rystorm06

    So glad we paid AB instead of this fool

  • Mitch Chapman

    I am so happy this guy turned down the money we offered him. AB is light years ahead of him in every aspect

  • Rotten Sircus

    F*ck Mike Wallace !!! So Glad we paid AB instead of him ….#GTFOH

  • Terrible Towlie

    he keeps talking about wanting a rock he sounds like a crack head

  • sillyballs

    something you dunno about me Joe rogan, I smoke rock

  • Dorian James

    Poor Mike Wallace, Poor, Poor ratbirds. Boo hoo hoo. Just shut up and get ready to take this “L” in 2 weeks!!

  • Alan Tman

    Jaguars pull the upset by dominating the Ravens O-line.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Two words, Mike: Jeremy Maclin. He’s what’s known as a #1 wide receiver. You’d do well to take notes.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I think we’re basically saying the same thing. The Steelers did essentially let him walk when he turned down the initial offer the Steelers decided to approach AB with the same contract offer which he accepted. If the Steelers thought that much of Wallace they would’ve upped the ante but they didn’t essentially letting him go in FA and targeting AB as a priority resign.