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Praise comes as a surprise to Miami Dolphins’ Mike Wallace

 
 
Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace catches a first quarter pass as they play the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, October 20, 2013.
Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace catches a first quarter pass as they play the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, October 20, 2013.
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Mike Sherman believes Mike Wallace played “a tremendous game’’ Sunday against the Chargers.

Wallace, however, does not.

When asked about his offensive coordinator's praise on Tuesday, Wallace was visibly taken aback.

“He raved about the game I had?’’ Wallace asked incredulously. “I had 39 yards.’’

On four catches, with no touchdowns.

Wallace's pedestrian performance was just the latest sign that something’s not right with his role in the Dolphins offense. The former Pro Bowler has 44 catches for 534 yards with one touchdown in 10 games since signing a $60 million contract with Miami in the offseason.

“It's all right, it’s OK,’’ Wallace said, reservedly, when asked about the season he’s had. “[It could be] a lot better.’’

Wallace said he can’t be satisfied with the way he’s playing when he doesn’t score touchdowns; he averaged eight per season in his four years in Pittsburgh. He wouldn’t take the bait, however, when asked if he was frustrated with how Ryan Tannehill is missing him on deep balls.

“Nope, I’m not frustrated,’’ Wallace said. “I’m fine. I just want to win football games.

“I need to make some plays, obviously,’’ Wallace added. “That’s the only way to be productive, make more plays.’’

When asked if Wallace believes he needs to push himself more, he responded no, because he pushes himself everyday.

He added that defenses have begun playing him differently, and that he has seen some man-to-man coverage. But that goes away as soon as he gets open, whether he catches the ball or not

Still, Wallace is acutely aware that any complaints from him could be misconstrued as not being a team guy. He was quick to reject the idea that he was unhappy Sunday after a win.

“That always comes first,’’ Wallace said of the game’s outcome. “Don’t make it seem like that. ... It’s always about winning.’’

• The Dolphins signed receiver Jasper Collins to their practice squad. Collins was in training camp with the team but was cut before the season started. He replaced Sam Brenner, who was activated to the 53-man roster Saturday.

• Cornerback Dimitri Patterson participated in the short portion of practice open to the media Tuesday, but it is not known if he went through team drills. Patterson left Sunday’s game after reaggravating a groin injury.

• Practice was shorter than usual Tuesday, but Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said it had nothing to do with Ted Wells’ investigation. Instead, it’s a change that will be permanent every Tuesday going forward, he said.

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