Mike Wallace said while he understand why the fans booed him Sunday and it's their right to boo him, he still said “I think they’re out to get me a little bit.”
“Anything I do is going to be magnified -- good, bad, it doesn’t matter. I just have to do what I need to do, handle my business and don’t give anybody a reason to say anything. Whatever happens, I take full responsibility for it.”
The boos at Heinz Field really started when Wallace dropped a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter, trailing 3-0. Had he caught it, he might have scored. More boos followed when Antonio Brown dropped a long pass and they continued over the course of a game the Steelers lost 34-24.
“At this point, nothing really surprises me,’’ said Wallace, who added that it doesn’t bother him either.
“No, I’m good. I’m 100 percent good. It’s not like they did anything wrong. It was something I did. I don’t have a problem with it.”
Wallace, alluding to his holdout and contract situation this year, said he should not have mentioned last week that sometimes he loses his focus.
“It’s not like I lose focus on the games or [lose] sight of what’s going on. I might have shouldn’t have said that. It was taken the whole wrong way, how I said it.
“When you’re not getting the ball in the game, sometimes you get a little frustrated and you kind of lose foucus in the game, not ON the game, but sometimes you get mentally not focused on the things that you need to always be focused on.”
However, as Gerry Dulac noted here yesterday, while Wallace’s receiving statistics are down with 59 receptions and 728 yards. Yet NFL stats show that he has been targeted for passes 104 times, the highest amount in his career through 13 games. Last season he had 90 passes thrown his way after 13 games and in 2010 he had 78 passes directed to him at this point in the season.
But Wallace said it’s not just that.
“There’s a lot of different things. I’m not really going to get into it or make excuses one way or the other. I just need to be a better player. I know that. I work hard at it every day, I never take a day off, I never go lolly-gagging. I work hard every single day.
“The ball just bounces the other way sometimes. I feel sometimes things go your way. It’s not like I’m dropping every pass. I make a lot of plays too as well. I would definitely love to make every single play on the field to help my team as much as I can. I just have to keep working and I think things will go my way.”
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