New ad­di­tion Wal­lace has scored ev­ery Ravens touch­down

Cecil Whig - - & - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Bal­ti­more Ravens have scored three touch­downs through two games this sea­son. Wide re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace has been at the re­ceiv­ing end of all of them.

Ac­count­ing for 100 per­cent of Bal­ti­more’s touch­downs didn’t in­ter­est Wal­lace much. Only one statis­tic mat­tered to him: The Ravens are 2-0.

“I feel good so far, we’ve been win­ning foot­ball games,” Wal­lace said. “That’s all that re­ally mat­ters.”

Wal­lace was the last player into the locker room at the Un­der Ar­mour Per­for­mance Cen­ter af­ter prac­tice Wed­nes­day. He spends time catch­ing foot­balls off of the JUGS Ma­chine each day af­ter most of the Ravens head in­side.

A crowd of re­porters waited for him when he fi­nally called it a day.

“I’ve seen the highs and I’ve seen the lows and I’ve seen how fast things can change on you. Just like you guys sit­ting here talk­ing to me, I don’t buy into any of this,” he said. “I don’t buy

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Wide re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace has scored ev­ery Bal­ti­more Ravens touch­down through two games.

into any­thing any­more. You could be here to­day, and the next week you could be gone. I just take it for what it is worth, and I try to en­joy the mo­ment. Ev­ery sin­gle day I come to work, I en­joy it and try to have fun with my team­mates.”

The highs were dur­ing

the early years of his ca­reer when Wal­lace was with the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers and was viewed as one of the NFL’s top deep threats. The low came last sea­son with the Min­nesota Vik­ings when he scored just two touch­downs and recorded 473 yards re­ceiv­ing, both ca­reer lows.

Wal­lace, 30, signed with Bal­ti­more to re­vi­tal­ize his ca­reer. Through two games, he has al­ready sur­passed last year’s touch­down to­tal and is on track to catch for as many yards by Week 8.

“Mike has been ev­ery­thing we ex­pected and hoped for,” head coach John Har­baugh said. “He’s a bet­ter player than he was yesterday and a month ago and when he first got here. He just works re­ally hard and he con­tin­ues to im­prove.”

Wal­lace’s 66-yard touch­down catch was the dif­fer­ence in Bal­ti­more’s 13-7 Week 1 win over the Buf­falo Bills. His two touch­downs on Sun­day keyed the se­cond big­gest come­back in fran­chise his­tory when the Ravens came back from 20 points down to top the Cleve­land Browns, 25-20.

“I think that Mike has gone out there and he’s got­ten a hand­ful of op­por­tu­ni­ties. It has been up to him to win on those,” quar­ter­back Joe Flacco said. “The [touch­down in the] first game was a man-to-man op­por­tu­nity for him, and he won. The first touch­down the other day was a manto-man op­por­tu­nity for him; he won. The se­cond one was a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent than that. He was kind of in the right place at the right time.

“It makes my job a lit­tle bit easier, es­pe­cially since we haven’t worked a lot to­gether.”

Half of Wal­lace’s eightyear ca­reer was spent with the Ravens’ arch-ri­val. The bat­tles he had with Bal­ti­more as a Steeler never fazed him him when he first con­sid­ered join­ing his for­mer neme­sis.

“Zero. I hon­estly had no doubt. It’s foot­ball. You are go­ing to have some beef on the field, but I’m one of the guys that when you leave, un­less it is just too se­ri­ous, you just leave it on the field,” he said. “That’s where it was at with this team. It was just foot­ball­type things like that. When I got here, I had no doubt it would be a great fit. I knew from afar that it was a great or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

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