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Ravens plan to keep pace with Wallace

In just his second year, Mike Wallace has begun to establish himself as one of the premier deep threats in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wideout leads the team in yards (792) and touchdowns (8) and ranks second in catches (36). Wallace, a former teammate of Ravens left tackle Michael Oher's at Ole Miss, has become a reliable target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, especially when Roethlisberger extends plays and coverages begin to break down.

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Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said Wallace’s strongest asset is his speed.“His 4.2 speed is what makes him a good receiver,” Mattison said Thursday. “When you watch him when he comes off the football, you say, ‘This guy’s a good receiver.’ But he doesn’t look like other receivers until all of a sudden, he’s running by guys. He’s got really, really deceptive fast, fast speed.”

The Ravens have a pair of cornerbacks who aren't too shabby in the speed department. Josh Wilson ran a 4.39 at the 2007 NFL Combine, and Lardarius Webb ran a 4.46 at the 2009 NFL Combine.

Webb, who posted a memorable play when he chased down Wallace and knocked away a Charlie Batch pass in the end zone in the first meeting between these teams on Oct. 3, expressed confidence that the Ravens defenders can shadow Wallace.

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"Whatever side he lines up, we've got guys that can cover him," Webb said. "We've got some guys that can flat-out run with him. So we're going to be ready for him."

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