Mike Wallace logged the fastest average speed in practice Tuesday since the Dolphins started keeping track via GPS. And thats with an extra six or seven pounds of muscle from 2013.
He will need every bit of both Sunday. It takes everything youve got to survive Revis Island.
The Patriots shocked the football world this offseason when they landed Darrelle Revis, the talented and talkative defensive back. And beginning Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, well see if his 2014 production meets his hype.
Revis is famous for following one receiver around all game and taking him out of the game with sheer brilliance. Wallace has had the one-on-on treatment before, and wouldnt be surprised if he gets it again in Sundays opener.
If he does follow me, it will be an exciting matchup, Wallace said. Ill have fun. Go after it all day long.
Wallace added: Hes a good player. Hes a really smart, crafty guy. Hes going to be in the right spots. You have to move him off his spots because hes a guy thats not going to be fooled with all the movement, jerking around at the line. Youve got to get going, get to your spots and be fast out of your break.
Particularly now that Revis is fully healthy.
The last time he stepped foot on Sun Life Stadium, he was carted off it. Playing for the Jets in 2012, Revis tore his ACL against the Dolphins and was lost for the season. He has since been on two teams the Buccaneers and now the Patriots and on Sunday returns to the scene of what was probably his worst moment as a professional.
And Wallace is ready for his best both physically and verbally. Revis trash-talking acumen is legendary. Wallace is a bit more reserved.
Me personally, I dont really have a mental battle with anybody, he said. Im just out there trying to play football. I dont get into too much back and forth, this or that. For me, mentally, its about myself and being in the spots I need to be in, and doing what Im coached to do. Im not really worried about one guy.
THIS AND THAT
• Rookie guard Billy Turner did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday, but that doesnt mean his bruised foot has not improved. He moved around without the walking boot he needed in recent days. The boot might not be gone for good, however; it sat by his locker after.
• Other players who did not participate during the period open to the public Tuesday: linebackers Philip Wheeler and Jordan Tripp and defensive end T errence Fede. Tripp sustained a chest injury in the preseason, Wheeler has a hand issue and Fede has been dealing with a knee injury.
• Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who missed much of the preseason with an injured groin, said he Tuesday he feels great and that hes ready for Sunday.
You have to stay confident that youre going to get healthy and when you are healthy, youre going to do your job well, Sturgis added.
Coach Joe Philbin, when asked about Sturgis, said hes the teams kicker right now and expressed confidence in his ability.
• The teams tackling, a major bugaboo in the preseason opener, is improved Philbin said.
• The Dolphins added defensive end Gerald Rivers to the practice squad Tuesday and dropped DAundre Reed.