If I am Bengals coach Marvin Lewis I am most worried about Mike Wallace –- and what he will do Sunday at Heinz Field.
The third-year wide receiver is due to go off after a lean four-game stretch during which he has caught just one touchdown pass and hasn’t been much of a deep threat.
Wallace will be particularly motivated when the Steelers play the Bengals for the second time within a month after what happened last Sunday night in Kansas City.
Wallace dropped a pair of passes, including one that would have given the Steelers an early touchdown.
“I don’t drop the ball, that’s not what I do, that’s not me,” Wallace said Wednesday, before the Steelers’ first practice of the week. “I don’t think it has anything to do with Ben. I think it’s just me. I’ll get it together.”
Wallace, whose 17 receiving yards against the Chiefs were his fewest in a game since his rookie season, said he “just got a little overexcited for (the) game.”
Wallace appeared to be a little too wound up before the game had even started.
He and Chiefs safety Sabby Piscitelli exchanged words during pre-game warm-ups, and the two had to be separated.
Wallace then played one of the worst games of his career as he also dropped a deep pass that hit him right in the hands.
The drops disappointed Wallace, but they don’t appear to have shaken his confidence.
And confidence, like speed, is something that Wallace has in abundance.
“I’ll be fine,” he said. “This week I’ve got something for y’all.”
– Scott Brown