Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace took a bit of a shot at the Ravens’ young cornerbacks this week, telling Pittsburgh reporters that he’s not concerned about facing talented rookie Jimmy Smith, and that Smith needs to prepare himself for the speed and big-play potential of the Steelers wideouts.
“I’m not worried about him,” Wallace said. “He needs to worry about us. ... He just needs to just be ready, because we’re going to be coming at him.”
For good measure, Wallace added the following: “Man, we can take our shots deep on anybody. We don’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter who it is. Anybody can get it.”
Smith wasn’t available for comment today, but Cary Williams, who is expected to start alongside Smith at corner against Pittsburgh, shared his thoughts on Wallace’s remarks.
“Great. I mean, that’s great,” Williams said. “You can keep talking. At the end of the day, you’ve got to come between those white lines and we’ve got to play football. That’s our game - we’re not going to talk in the newspaper, we’ve not going to say anything about them negatively. Well, I’m not, at least. It just is what it is. We’re going to see on Sunday.”
Williams was complimentary of Pittsburgh’s wide receiving corps, saying their speed as a group makes them incredibly tough to defend.
Wallace ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the Combine in 2009, and fellow wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown ran a 4.40 and 4.47, respectively, leading up to the 2010 draft.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen guys in the NFL that can run as fast as these guys on tape,” Williams said. “Their speed is impressive, but at the end of the day, we’re not backing down. We’re going to come and play Ravens football each and every day, and each and every down.
“That whole comment about getting ready for them, I guess they’ve got to get ready for us, because they know what we’re going to bring to the table each and every week.”