Many were against the idea of a seemingly washed up and unmotivated Mike Wallace signing with the Baltimore Ravens. The prevalent thought amongst Vikings, Dolphins and Steelers fans was that Wallace was a "me first" player who never gave his full effort.
But instead, it seems like the Ravens have the wrong player on their roster if the reports above are to be believed. Fans are getting accustomed to a seemingly fiery and perhaps even inspired Wallace, who is without doubt relishing the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong.
Those at training camp have seen Wallace run routes at every depth of the field, something that he has been criticized for failing to do in the past. Even at thirty years old, he has been blazing past Jimmy Smith and company. More than once has he been seen beating double coverage in the end zone. Our own Kyle P. Barber even gave him the play of the day for doing just that.
If Wallace continues the upwards trajectory he is currently on, Ravens fans will be pleased to find the best version of Torrey Smith in him. The nine route that could be thrown into the end-zone from thirty yards out was an element the Ravens sorely missed this past season.
When thinking about a package that could potentially feature three speed demons and Steve Smith, getting excited is unavoidable. Wallace though - unlike Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore - is a proven commodity, making him a relatively safe bet to contribute.
Wallace now has a chance to reclaim the glory from his Steeler days. If Wallace is consistent in his approach, his attitude and his preparation, he will find success. His fate is in his, and only his hands.