Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger talks about playing without WR Mike Wallace
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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger talks about playing without WR Mike Wallace

The Steelers really had no chance of re-signing wide receiver Mike Wallace, but the sting of not having him on the Heinz Field turf will be felt for a while. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger understands this.
"People don't realize how important it is to have a guy with [Wallace's] ability on the football field and the guy who is probably going to notice it the most right from the get-go is Antonio Brown @AntonioBrown84," Roethlisberger said in a radio interview Friday. "Safeties have to respect Mike's speed. Cornerbacks and the defense are scheming to stop Mike Wallace going deep. It opens us other receivers, so to lose a guy like that is really going to be tough for all of us."

Fantasy Analysis:

Wallace led the Steelers in receiving yards in each of the past three seasons and scored 26 touchdowns during that time. Brown could be a WR2 in fantasy while acting as the No. 1 WR in Pittsburgh, but Ben's right; Brown's going to notice Wallace's absence pretty quickly -- like, as soon as he faces his first double coverage. I think Roethlisberger would have sneaked into QB1 territory with Wallace this year. Without him, Ben's out of the top 15.

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