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Teams struggling to defend Steelers' Wallace

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By Mike Wilkening

Asked leading up to the Week Three game at Indianapolis about how complete of a receiver Mike Wallace was and whether Wallace had the upside to develop further, head coach Mike Tomlin, stifling a smile, said, "Ah, he's a one-trick guy," as reporters laughed. Indeed, while Wallace has earned a reputation as one of the game's top vertical threats, he has caught far more short and intermediate passes early this season as opposing defenses protect against his game-breaking ability. Through two games, Wallace had caught 16-of-20 passes thrown his way — a very impressive mark for a wide receiver. Defenses have to pick their poison with Wallace, who has 233 yards receiving and one TD this season. Give him a big cushion, and QB Ben Roethlisberger is going to get him the ball in space. Cover him tightly, and he can give you fits if he gets a free release, as Seattle found out in Week Two. Simply put, Wallace has been a nightmare matchup thus far.

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