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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
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Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 40 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.
Wheaton has begged the coaching staff to let him play outside more, and he's getting his wish. The Steelers' first-team three-receiver set with Ben Roethlisberger on the field had Wheaton and Antonio Brown on the perimeter with Eli Rogers stationed in the slot. Wheaton is an interesting test case this year because he's flush with opportunity, but has shown average to above-average talent. He's worth a shot in the eighth and ninth rounds of 12-team drafts. Aug 26 - 10:37 PM

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Markus Wheaton was held out of the Steelers' preseason opener with an undisclosed injury.

The buzz has been Wheaton is dealing with a quad injury, but the Steelers have yet to confirm. The injury has hampered Wheaton for the last week, forcing him completely sit out some practices. Eli Rogers started with Wheaton and Antonio Brown out on Friday night.
Aug 12 - 11:00 PM

Markus Wheaton is ahead of Sammie Coates on the Steelers' initial depth chart.

#AsExpected. Coates has been a puff piece All-Pro so far this summer, but if he's going to pass Wheaton, it will have to be on the preseason field. Even if Coates shines in exhibition action, Wheaton should still begin the year with a leg up in two-receiver sets.
Aug 8 - 1:15 PM

Markus Wheaton said he is not sure what his role will be following the year-long suspension to Martavis Bryant.

"Who knows how's it going to be without Martavis?" Wheaton said. "Maybe I'll get more work outside with (Bryant) out. It's really hard to say right now." Wheaton was expected to see more work when Bryant was suspended for the first four games of last season, but he only managed eight catches over that span. He is still the favorite for the No. 2 job behind Antonio Brown, but he needs to show well in camp to hold off sophomore Sammie Coates.
Jul 30 - 8:34 AM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Chris Adamski "guesses" walk-year WR Markus Wheaton has a 10-percent chance of re-signing with the Steelers.

Wheaton is in an interesting position. If he performs well as the No. 2 this season, he could price himself out of Pittsburgh's market, especially if Martavis Bryant is granted reinstatement when first eligible. If Wheaton fails to step up for the second year in a row, the Steelers would likely decide to move on. Either way, it is certainly possible Wheaton will be playing elsewhere in 2017.
Jul 7 - 12:13 PM

Markus Wheaton said he "got on the same page" with Ben Roethlisberger late last season.

Wheaton was unable to take advantage of his opportunity with Martavis Bryant suspended early last season, but he came on strong late, hauling in 28 passes for 476 yards and four scores over the final six games. With Bryant suspended the entire season this year, Wheaton has another opportunity to establish himself as the No. 2, although sophomore Sammie Coates should apply some pressure.
May 31 - 11:16 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Markus Wheaton is the "clear-cut No. 2 receiver" in Pittsburgh following the suspension of Martavis Bryant.

Fowler expects the Steelers to "work harder to set up" Wheaton this season, perhaps using him on the screens and reverses Bryant dominated. The problem is Wheaton had exactly the same opportunity over the first five games of last season, and he managed all of nine catches for 228 yards and one score. Wheaton did look to be more in sync with Ben Roethlisberger down the stretch, but he is a prime candidate to be over-drafted this summer.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 11:23 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 5-of-8 targets for 30 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Broncos.

Even while losing his starting job to Martavis Bryant after Bryant's early-season suspension, Wheaton took a step forward as a third-year NFL player, posting a 44-749-5 receiving line as Pittsburgh's slot receiver. Wheaton was widely billed as a deep threat coming out of college, but has settled into the slot for the Steelers. Wheaton's contract year is 2016. Assuming he holds off Sammie Coates for Pittsburgh's third receiver job, Wheaton will be worthy of a late flier in re-draft leagues.
Jan 17 - 8:27 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-5 targets for 23 yards in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Bengals.

Wheaton fumbled away a chance at points in the second quarter and could not corral either of his two targets in the second half. He now has five targets in three consecutive games. Wheaton will continue to be a low-volume option in the Divisional Round.
Jan 10 - 12:45 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown Week 17 against the Browns.

Wheaton made a 40-yard grab to set Pittsburgh up in scoring position before halftime, and he found space in the back of the end zone for an eight-yard score following an Austin Davis' fumble in the fourth quarter. It was Wheaton's fourth touchdown in the last six games. With Martavis Bryant injured and perhaps in the doghouse, Wheaton could have a bigger role next week.
Jan 3 - 5:18 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-5 targets for 41 yards Week 16 against the Ravens.

Wheaton had the ball thrown behind him on his first missed connection, and he dropped what would have been a difficult catch on fourth down on what was essentially the Steelers' final drive. All in all, this game was not much different than Wheaton's performances the last three weeks. He just did not find the end zone against Baltimore. He will continue to be a WR4 type against Cleveland.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 6-of-11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 15 win over the Broncos.

The catches were Wheaton's second most of the season, while he's now cleared 50 yards in four straight games, scoring three times in the process. Despite the increased production, Wheaton is still little more than a desperation WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 4-of-7 targets for 65 yards in the Steelers' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

Wheaton has carried his big Week 12 into solid games against the Colts and Bengals. Still, he's no better than the fourth option in the passing game and doesn't have a big enough role to warrant WR3 consideration.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:52:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-6 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Colts.

Wheaton scored on a five-yard sideline catch on the final drive of the first half. He has 251 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games, but doesn't have a big enough role to be more than a WR4. Heath Miller will cut into Wheaton's targets when he returns.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:19:00 AM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hinted Markus Wheaton's 201-yard breakout performance was opponent specific and unlikely to recur.

"When you're playing a team like that, and I think we even talked about it earlier in the week, if they're matching Richard Sherman, then other guys not named Antonio Brown are going to have opportunities," Tomlin said. "Let's not make too much out of that." Despite the huge game, Wheaton remains well behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant on the target totem pole. He does not need to be added is standard redraft leagues.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Bruce Gradkowski
4Dustin Vaughan
5Bryn Renner
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Brandon Brown-Dukes
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1David Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
4Issac Blakeney
5Canaan Severin
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Eli Rogers
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Shakim Phillips
5Levi Norwood
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Jesse James
2Xavier Grimble
3Michael Cooper
4Paul Lang
5Ladarius Green
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Matt Feiler
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
3Valerian Ume-Ezeoke
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
RG1David DeCastro
2Cole Manhart
3Shahbaz Ahmed
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jerald Hawkins
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell