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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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Markus Wheaton secured 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
The stat line is inoffensive enough, but Wheaton displayed an alarming lack of chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger, appearing to run the wrong route multiple times. Wheaton was officially targeted only four times, but had two other ugly looks wiped away by penalties. Being forced into the Steelers' No. 2 role opposite Antonio Brown, Wheaton has five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Although Wheaton has impressive raw ability, he'll be a boom-or-bust WR3/4 as he tries to replace Emmanuel Sanders. Aug 21 - 11:15 PM

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Ben Roethlisberger thinks Markus Wheaton is "going to surprise a lot of people."

With Emmanuel Sanders gone, Wheaton has been running as the starting "X" for the entire offseason and into camp. He's coming along nicely in his second NFL season, highlighted by a toe-tapping touchdown against the Bills last week. "He's definitely on the same page with Ben, and, anytime you're on the same page with Ben, there is a good opportunity," said teammate Antonio Brown. Speedy Wheaton has the ability to eclipse the 67-740-6 line Sanders posted as Roethlisberger's "X" last year. He's a prime sleeper.
Aug 21 - 11:33 AM

Markus Wheaton had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

Wheaton started opposite Antonio Brown and finished with four targets. His touchdown came on an impressive post-corner route in the back of the end zone over Stephon Gilmore. Wheaton has breakout appeal as the starting X receiver in Todd Haley's offense, which is expected to feature more no-huddle looks. He's currently a value pick at his 12th-round ADP.
Aug 16 - 10:47 PM

Markus Wheaton caught one pass for 28 yards in the Steelers' preseason opener, adding a 10-yard rush.

Wheaton's rush came on an end around. He didn't touch the ball enough to draw any conclusions, but Wheaton's speed was certainly in top gear. He's a WR4/5 with WR3 upside.
Aug 9 - 10:27 PM

Markus Wheaton is listed as a starting receiver opposite Antonio Brown on the Steelers' depth chart, as expected.

Although Wheaton only played 161 snaps as a rookie, the Steelers did very little to replace the 113 receptions and 16 touchdowns Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery combined for last year. They've handed the starting "X" job to Wheaton and he's responded well by all accounts. As a burner who drew some Mike Wallace comparisons coming out of Oregon State, there's plenty of flier appeal here. "He can be that guy that teams look at in the first four games and are like, 'Who is that dude running past people?'" said Ike Taylor, who's been going against Wheaton at practices.
Aug 4 - 10:52 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports second-year WR Markus Wheaton is "having another strong start to camp," and "his role will increase greatly."

La Canfora cites "several Steelers people." Wheaton flashed big-play ability last preseason, as well, but his in-season snaps were limited by injuries and solid performances from Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders. Both Cotchery and Sanders are gone, setting up Wheaton to start at X receiver opposite Z Antonio Brown. Wheaton is worth a look as a WR5 pick in non-PPR drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 27 - 4:32 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Brendon Kay
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3Dri Archer
4Stephen Houston
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Justin Brown
4Derek Moye
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Martavis Bryant
4Lanear Sampson
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3David Paulson
4Michael Palmer
5Rob Blanchflower
K1Shaun Suisham