Mike Wallace of the Ravens is still one of the NFL’s fastest wide receivers and has data to back that up.
The NFL released some of its Next Gen stats from the 2016 season, compiled from tracking sensors that players wore during games. According to the stats, Wallace had the seventh-fastest carry in the league in 2016, when he reached 22.34 miles per hour while catching a 70-yard completion from Joe Flacco.
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins hauled down Wallace by the facemask inside the five-yard line to prevent a touchdown on that play. It turned out to be a good penalty by Jenkins. The Ravens settled for a field goal, and eventually lost the game, 27-23. But Wallace still had the speed to beat Jenkins, one of the NFL’s top corners. Meanwhile, Wallace had a solid season for the Ravens (72 catches, 1017 yards, four touchdown), silencing skeptics who thought he was washed up at age 30.
The Ravens only have four wide receivers under contract for next season at this point – Wallace, Breshad Perriman, Michael Campanaro, and Chris Moore - after Steve Smith Sr.’s retirement and Kamar Aiken set to become a free agent. That leaves the Ravens needing more playmakers, but Wallace remains in their plans.
When Wallace says he hasn’t lost a step, he has stats to prove it.
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