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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 caught 5-of-8 targets for 38 yards in the Steelers' Week 2 loss to the Ravens, adding two carries for 22 yards.
Wide open in the middle of the field, Wheaton could have had a sixth catch, but Ben Roethlisberger threw behind him. He also had a 21-yard run called back by a holding penalty on Darrius Heyward-Bey. Truly explosive in the open field, Wheaton has also been cutting down on his mistakes. Although he's still just a WR4 for now, there's upside for a lot more. Sep 12 - 12:17 AM

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Ben Roethlisberger said he's building confidence in Markus Wheaton.

Making his first NFL start, Wheaton took advantage of a plus matchup against the Browns by roasting Justin Gilbert for 6-97-0 on seven targets. That included a pivotal 20-yard catch off an audible that set up a game-winning field goal. "I threw it to him before he came out of his break," Roethlisberger said. An excellent route-runner with very good speed, Wheaton is a nice fit in the old Mike Wallace/Emmanuel Sanders role. He'll be a weekly WR3/4 candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 9 - 9:34 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 6-of-7 targets for 97 yards in the Steelers' Week 1 win over the Browns.

Wheaton had four grabs for 50 yards until the Steelers' final drive, where he nabbed two passes to help put Shaun Suisham in position for the game-winning field goal. Wheaton's lid-lifting speed was on full display against the Browns. He's a WR4 who could improve as the year moves along.
Sep 7 - 6:16 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Markus Wheaton "seems to be a more accomplished route runner" than Mike Wallace was in his second NFL season.

The comparisons between Wheaton and Wallace started during the 2013 pre-draft process and grew once the Steelers selected him. Now Wheaton has been handed the every-down "X" role, where Wallace went 60-1,257-10 as an NFL sophomore and Emmanuel Sanders posted 67-740-6 last year. There's certainly bust potential here as Wheaton did not appear to be on the same page with Ben Roethlisberger during the preseason (5-67-1 on eight targets and 111 snaps), but the opportunity is big. He's a boom or bust flier pick.
Sep 1 - 8:13 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3Dri Archer
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2LeGarrette Blount
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Justin Brown
3Martavis Bryant
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Michael Palmer
K1Shaun Suisham