Mike Wallace logged the fastest average speed in practice Tuesday since the Dolphins started keeping track via GPS. And that’s with an extra six or seven pounds of muscle from 2013.
He will need every bit of both Sunday. It takes everything you’ve 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, we’ll 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 wouldn’t be surprised if he gets it again in Sunday’s opener.
“If he does follow me, it will be an exciting matchup,” Wallace said. “I’ll have fun. Go after it all day long.”
Wallace added: “He’s a good player. He’s a really smart, crafty guy. He’s going to be in the right spots. You have to move him off his spots because he’s a guy that’s not going to be fooled with all the movement, jerking around at the line. You’ve 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 don’t really have a mental battle with anybody,” he said. “I’m just out there trying to play football. I don’t get into too much back and forth, this or that. For me, mentally, it’s about myself and being in the spots I need to be in, and doing what I’m coached to do. I’m 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 doesn’t 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 he’s “ready for Sunday.”
“You have to stay confident that you’re going to get healthy and when you are healthy, you’re going to do your job well,” Sturgis added.
Coach Joe Philbin, when asked about Sturgis, said he’s the team’s “kicker right now” and expressed confidence in his ability.• The team’s 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 D’Aundre Reed.