New addition Wallace has scored every Ravens touchdown
— 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
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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