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Miami Dolphins’ Mike Wallace back at full speed, reaches end zone

 
 
Wide receiver Mike Wallace catches a touchdown pass behind cornerback Brent Grimes in one on one drills at Miami Dolphins practice at the Dolphins training facility at NSU in Davie on July 24th, 2013.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace catches a touchdown pass behind cornerback Brent Grimes in one on one drills at Miami Dolphins practice at the Dolphins training facility at NSU in Davie on July 24th, 2013.
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The Dolphins’ biggest splash this offseason came with the signing of free agent receiver Mike Wallace. Although real games haven’t yet begun, Wallace showed a little flash-and-dash in Wednesday’s practice.

Wallace, slowed by a groin injury the past week, was back at full speed for Wednesday’s afternoon workout in Davie.

After working on his hands with receivers coach Ken O’Keefe on the sideline of the practice bubble, Wallace came outside and promptly blew through the Miami secondary and past Nolan Carroll to haul in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill.

Wallace, who sat out Sunday’s exhibition opener in Canton, Ohio, against the Cowboys, said it was good to be able what he normally does on a football field. Wednesday’s score, although it doesn’t count for anything, is just Wallace’s first trip in the end zone with Miami.

“Finally. Finally got one,” said Wallace, who signed a five-year deal worth $60 million in March after catching 32 touchdown passes in four seasons with the Steelers. “I plan on catching a lot of those, not just me but all of us out there. We’re going to connect on those, it’s just a matter of time. Just be patient. It’s going to happen.

“We’re stretching the field. That’s what we do, and that’s what I do. That’s why Coach [ Joe Philbin] brought me here, to open up the offense. It complements me. Hopefully, I complement them.”

With Wallace being held back at times so far in camp, he and Tannehill haven’t been able to work on things as much as they would have liked.

Tannehill said Wallace is a “big factor in this offense. We brought him here for a reason. He got paid a lot of money for a reason, and we’re excited to have him.”

On Wednesday, Wallace said the deep ball was one of the first in which he and Tannehill really connected. But with a month to go before the opener in Cleveland, there’s plenty of time to work on that.

“Good throw, and like I said, we expect to do that,” Wallace said. “That’s the first one we really connected on, but that’s what we expect. … I’ve been saying from Day One, by the time we get to the regular season, we’ll be hitting our stride.”

Wallace said he wants to play in Friday’s exhibition game at Jacksonville, although Philbin wouldn’t reveal any of Miami’s plans.

DEVLIN RETURNS

Quarterback Pat Devlin was back at full speed Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s preseason opener in the fourth quarter and not working out Tuesday.

With Devlin back, it looks like Miami will have all three quarterbacks available for Friday’s game against the Jaguars — although Philbin wouldn’t confirm it.

Philbin also wouldn’t disclose how much time starters would play against the Jaguars, although he said it would be “a hair more” than against the Cowboys.

COYLE’S TAKE

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said he was pleased with Dion Jordan’s play in the first exhibition game.

“We’re still very careful the way we’re bringing him along,” Coyle said. “He got pressure on the quarterback, good push on the pocket. He helped Derrick Shelby on one of Derrick’s sacks. Dion forced the quarterback back up into the pocket. We’re very pleased with his progress. He’s got to continue to get more reps.”

Coyle said he was disappointed with the tackling and lack of takeaways in Sunday’s game. He was troubled that 93 of the Cowboys’ 170 rushing yards came after an initial tackle attempt.

• Coyle declined to say who was ahead in the battle between Jared Odrick and Randy Starks for the starting defensive tackle job opposite Paul Soliai. But Starks has missed practices this week with a knee injury.

• Coyle said he is pleased with Shelby: “I see more production out of Derrick starting the other night. He’s always a guy you can count on to be in the right place. He has been difficult to block. He’s gotten more pressure on the quarterback.”

•  Dallas Thomas struggled at left tackle against the Cowboys, and Philbin said: “We’ve got to work on his technique and fundamentals. That’s the only way to solve the problem.”

Philbin said nothing has been determined at right guard, where Josh Samuda continues taking many of the first-team snaps. Lance Louis also is in the mix, and John Jerry continues to work his way back from injury.

Miami Herald sportswriter Adam Beasley contributed to this report.

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