Playing in a new offensive system this year that emphasizes even distribution of the football, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace spoke about the difficulties he has had staying focused at times when his opportunities are sporadic, according to a report from Ralph N. Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday.
Wallace, who acknowledged the offense's goal of spreading the ball around in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system, said trying to keep a sharp focus when he's not a main target has been one of the biggest lessons for him this season so far.
Here's Wallace, from the report:
"The toughest thing is staying positive through three quarters because you're not going to get the ball every time. You have to be ready to deliver when it comes your way. That's been the biggest thing I've had to learn this year."
This season, Wallace has been targeted 93 times and has 52 receptions for 616 yards with six touchdowns. But, as the Steelers prepare for a stretch run in which they'll be fighting for a postseason berth, Wallace said he understands he needs to make plays when chances arise.
Again from the report, here's Wallace on making his impact felt:
"There have been a lot of plays made this year, but a lot of plays have been missed at the same time. I'm used to making big plays, but I'm not getting as many opportunities to make those plays. Sometimes I have to remind them not to forget about me."
Pittsburgh hosts the San Diego Chargers in Week 14 this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.