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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 182
College: Oregon State
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As expected, second-year WR Markus Wheaton opened Steelers OTAs as the starting X receiver opposite Antonio Brown.
He's got the inside track on the job, ahead of fourth-round rookie Martavis Bryant. "There are a lot of us chasing that spot," a humble Wheaton conceded. "It’s not mine. There’s a lot of good competition." We're not bullish on a breakout sophomore year from Wheaton, but he certainly has a chance to be a fantasy asset. The 5'11/189-pound speedster ran a 4.4-flat forty at the 2013 Combine. May 28 - 9:59 PM

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette projects second-year WR Markus Wheaton as the Steelers' starting split end.

Antonio Brown is the Z, Lance Moore will replace Jerricho Cotchery in the slot, and Wheaton is projected to beat out rookie Martavis Bryant at X receiver. Wheaton flashed playmaking ability in his rookie-year preseason, but was often injured and never nailed down a role. If Wheaton does hold off Bryant to be an every-down player, he could flirt with WR3/4 value in standard leagues.
May 25 - 4:54 PM

Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant will compete for the Steelers' starting "X" receiver job in training camp.

Antonio Brown is the Z, and Lance Moore will be Pittsburgh's primary slot receiver. Bryant is more of a prototypical "X" at 6-foot-4 and 211 pounds, but is a raw fourth-round pick. Wheaton (5'11/182) is a lid-lifting vertical stretcher. The winner of this job might flirt with WR3 value during the season.
May 18 - 6:26 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown expects second-year WR Markus Wheaton to "emerge this season" opposite Antonio Brown.

Wheaton was limited to 12 games (161 snaps) as a rookie due to injuries. Despite his lack of playing time in Todd Haley's system, the Steelers are likely to use him in the Emmanuel Sanders role, starting Wheaton at Z-receiver and moving him to the slot in three-wide sets. Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey were signed to replace Jerricho Cotchery, and will compete for the No. 3 receiver job. The Steelers could also upgrade at wideout in the draft. They've been linked to LSU's Odell Beckham and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 12 - 6:03 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin anticipates 2013 third-round pick Markus Wheaton taking a "significant" leap in his second NFL season.

Wheaton is penciled in as Pittsburgh's No. 2 receiver for now, opposite Antonio Brown. "It's tough to play wide receiver with broken fingers," said Tomlin, explaining why Wheaton barely played as a rookie. "I look forward to him taking a significant step for us. I know that we need him to." Wheaton drew Mike Wallace comparisons coming out of college and ran 4.4-flat at the 2013 Combine.
Apr 6 - 2:38 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown says Pittsburgh seems "committed" to Markus Wheaton.

The Steelers haven't made much of an effort to replace Emmanuel Sanders or Jerricho Cotchery. They've added Lance Moore, but he's a 31-year-old (in August) third receiver. Per Brown, the coaches are going to give Wheaton "every opportunity" to win a starting job. The speedy Oregon State product drew Mike Wallace comparisons coming out of college.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 10:25 AM

Steelers second-year WR Markus Wheaton underwent minor offseason finger surgery.

Wheaton broke two fingers as a rookie, which limited him to six catches for 64 yards across 12 games as the No. 4 receiver. With Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery out of the picture, Wheaton's snaps should increase dramatically in year two. He's a breakout candidate opposite Antonio Brown.
Mar 25 - 8:38 AM

Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton, Justin Brown and Derek Moye traveled to Irvine, California last week to work out with and catch passes from Ben Roethlisberger.

Big Ben requested the three young receivers to travel to the West Coast so that he could get a better feel for them. "It was really about (Roethlisberger) getting a feel for some of us a little bit more," Moye said. "We ran some different routes that he wanted to work with us individually on." Wheaton could see his snaps increase dramatically if the Steelers fail to re-sign one or both of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, who are free agents.
Feb 11 - 12:36 PM

ESPN believes Markus Wheaton's snaps could triple in 2014 if free agent Emmanuel Sanders walks.

Both Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery are unrestricted free agents, leaving Wheaton penciled in as the No. 2 receiver across from Antonio Brown. It's hard to see the Steelers rolling with that into training camp. We liked Wheaton as a third-round steal out of Oregon State last year, but he played just 153 snaps during a disappointing rookie campaign. He's not going to be handed the starting job on a silver platter -- he'll have earn it.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 14 - 11:44 AM

Markus Wheaton wants to have a bigger offensive role in 2014.

The No. 79 overall pick in April's draft caught just six passes for 64 yards while playing 161 offensive snaps. Wheaton broke his pinky finger early in the season and injured his middle finger late in the year, which forced him to miss four games. He never really came close to passing Jerricho Cotchery on the depth chart. Cotchery, Emmanuel Sanders, and Plaxico Burress are all impending free agents. Wheaton will be given a chance to climb the ranks at receiver.
Jan 11 - 10:05 AM

Markus Wheaton wasn't targeted in Pittsburgh's Week 17 win over the Browns.

Wheaton's disappointing rookie season ends with just six catches for 64 yards. He never came close to supplanting veteran Jerricho Cotchery on the depth chart. Wheaton has an impressive overall skill-set — and speed to burn — but won't be gifted No. 3 duties in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (broken finger) is practicing in full for Week 17.

Wheaton is on pace to suit up for Sunday's finale. His status has taken on greater importance with Emmanuel Sanders dicey with a knee injury. Wheaton would be the Steelers' No. 3 receiver if Sanders can't go.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 03:45:00 PM

Markus Wheaton broke another finger in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Packers.

The first part of Wheaton's disappointing rookie season was derailed by a broken pinkie. Now he's going to try to play with a splint on another finger in Week 17. Wheaton has just six catches for 64 yards on the season, never coming close to surpassing Jerricho Cotchery or Emmanuel Sanders on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Markus Wheaton was held without a catch in Week 12 against the Browns.

Wheaton wasn't even targeted in the passing game. It's a disappointing performance after he caught three passes for 38 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 11 win over the Lions. He remains nothing more than a WR5 stash in re-draft leagues.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:55:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught three passes for 38 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 11 win over the Lions.

With Emmanuel Sanders knocked out early with a foot injury, Wheaton saw a ton of snaps opposite Antonio Brown, but drew only five targets. Wheaton flashed his serious speed on a second-quarter screen, but never truly got out into the open field. Regardless of Sanders' health, Wheaton is going to continue to push for more snaps. There are worse WR5 stashes in 12-14 team leagues.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 06:07:00 PM