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11 Markus Wheaton WR
Height/Weight: 5-11/182 | Birthdate: 2/7/1991 | Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Oregon State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 140.94
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Markus Wheaton's role 'will increase greatly'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Steelers are banking on a big season from second-year receiver Markus Wheaton, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Wheaton "is having another strong start to camp and his role will increase greatly," several people in the organization told La Canfora.

Wheaton is tentatively expected to start at one outside receiver spot.


Haley confident in Steelers receiving corps


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2014) The Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery this offseason as free agents, but offensive coordinator Todd Haley is confident in his group this year, reports ESPN.

In losing Sanders and Cotchery, the Steelers have to replace 1,342 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, which could be hard to do.

"It's as deep a group as I've been around from top to bottom," Haley said. "I think some guys that are pretty good football players probably won't make the team."

The Steelers have Antonio Brown as their No. 1 option, and Markus Wheaton is penciled in as the other starter. Lance Moore was signed to take Cotchery's role as the No. 3 receiver, and rookie Martavis Bryant is competing with Darrius Heyward-Bey for the No. 4 spot. Justin Brown is also in the mix for a role.


Markus Wheaton projected to start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette projects 2013 third-round pick Markus Wheaton to start at split end over rookie Martavis Bryant and newly-signed Darrius Heyward-Bey. Wheaton's rookie year was derailed by a hand injury, and he underwent offseason surgery.

The Steelers return Antonio Brown as their No. 1 receiver.


Markus Wheaton, Martavius Bryant competing for starting role?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) The Steelers have spent draft picks on consecutive years on receivers: Last year on Markus Wheaton and this year on Martavis Bryant . After the departure of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, both wideouts could have a chance at getting a lot of playing time. But one could end up starting regularly. 

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Wheaton "could be pressed" for the starting job by Bryant. Wheaton's rookie year was mostly a wash after finger injuries and a lack of opportunities limited him. Bryant was the No. 2 receiver at Clemson playing on the same field as Sammy Watkins.  


Steelers choose WR Martavis Bryant in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 118th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected wide receiver Martavis Bryant from Clemson.

Standing at 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, Bryant dazzled at the combine with a 4.42 40-yard time. He had 42 receptions for 828 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013. He will join a crowded receiving group that includes Antonio Brown, Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Steelers still plan to draft a receiver early


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Despite signing free agent receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Steelers "will still take a wide receiver with one of their first three picks" in the draft, reports ESPN.com. Pittsburgh lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery in free agency while adding Lance Moore and Heyward-Bey.

The Steelers hope second-year wideout Markus Wheaton takes a big step forward and develops into a starter opposite Antonio Brown.


Steelers 'seem committed' to Markus Wheaton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The Steelers "seem committed to Markus Wheaton -- or at least giving him every opportunity to win a starting job," reports ESPN.com. The second-year wideout can put a lost rookie season behind him if he seizes the chance to replace Emmanuel Sanders, who signed with the Broncos.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Pittsburgh needs Wheaton to take "a significant step" forward.


Tomlin counting on Markus Wheaton


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday from the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando that he hopes second-year receiver Markus Wheaton can make the jump from oft-injured rookie to significant contributor in his second season. 

Wheaton should very much be in the mix to help replace both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, both of whom left the team via free agency. 

"I’m looking forward to him taking a significant step. I know that we need him to," Tomlin said per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Wheaton had six catches and two broken fingers last season. It's likely he'll focus strictly on receiving work and not special teams. 


Steelers GM hopes frustrating year is behind Markus Wheaton


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/20/2014) Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the media Wednesday that receiver Markus Wheaton struggled in 2013 because of his late arrival to the team and because he broke a couple of fingers.

Wheaton wasn't allowed to join the Steelers until late in their OTA workouts because of league rules. Then when he did finally work his way into the receiving rotation he broke a finger. Once it was fixed he came back and broke another finger. Colbert confirmed that Wheaton had offseason surgeries and that his fingers are healed. 

"We're hoping he has a nice year next year," he said. 


Steelers to undergo changes at receiver?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is slated to be a free agent this spring and there's a realistic chance the Steelers won't make an effort to re-sign him.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes that to be the case. In a recent chat, Dulac said he thinks the Steelers will let him go and stand pat with the receivers they have left along with drafting a tall wideout, which they've reportedly told Ben Roethlisberger. Receiver Markus Wheaton figures to play more and improve drastically. 

Sanders posted career-highs in 2013, catching 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns. Wheaton played sparingly and had just six catches for 64 yards. 


Ben Roethlisberger spends time with young receivers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/11/2014) Steelers receiver Derek Moye went to Southern California last week to work out with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, reports the Beaver County Times. Also there were fellow receivers Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown.

"It went well," Moye said. "It was a chance to get out there and catch some balls from him on the field, but we didn't do that all day. We were able to get to know each other a little bit better as well."

The goal was to work on timing with Roethlisberger and develop a rapport. 

"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."

Steelers need 'significant production' from Markus Wheaton


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton, a third-round pick last year, saw his season spoiled by a broken finger that required surgery. The team's website notes Wheaton possesses "difference-making speed" and will be counted on heavily in 2014 if Emmanuel Sanders leaves via free agency.

Wheaton was not allowed to participate in the 2013 offseason program due to Oregon State's graduate date, so "these next several months will be very important to the goal of advancing Wheaton’s development," the report said. "The Steelers need significant production from him in 2014."

Wheaton appeared in 12 games as a rookie, catching six passes for 64 yards.


Steelers injury report features nearly all probable


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Linebacker Terence Garvin, who made his first start in Week 16, won't make his second on Sunday. He is the lone Steelers player ruled out for the game against the Browns. Fellow linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen) is questionable while the other injured are probable.

They are guard David DeCastro (back), linebacker Jarvis Jones (illness), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (foot). All were full participants in Friday practice.


Steelers backup receivers limited Week 11


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton and fullback Will Johnson were limited Week 11 against the Lions. 

Wheaton caught three passes for 38 yards on five targets. Johnson caught a 1 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his only target of the game.

Both players will take on the Browns next week.


Markus Wheaton plays through finger issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) is active and in uniform for Week 10 against the Bills Sunday. 

Steelers in good shape as they prepare for Buffalo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Nearly every player on the injury report released by the Steelers on Friday is probable for Sunday against the visiting Bills.

They are tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee), defensive end Cameron Heyward (knee), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), center Fernando Velasco (thigh), cornerback Ike Taylor (concussion) and linebacker Vince Williams (concussion).


Markus Wheaton on track to return Week 10


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said wide receiver Markus Wheaton has been cleared to practice in full Wednesday. Wheaton has missed the last four games with a finger injury and is on track to return Week 10 vs. Buffalo.

Steelers inactives Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The Steelers have made QB Landry Jones, WE Markus Wheaton, CB Curtis Brown, TE Richard Gordon, LB Kion Wilson, OG David DeCastro and DT Hebron Fangupo inactive Week 9 against the Patriots. 

Brown and Wheaton were both listed as out on the team's injury report Friday. The other five payers are healthy scratches. 


Three Steelers sidelined for battle with Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Only one starter will be inactive for the Steelers on Sunday against New England. Guard David DeCastro (ankle) has been ruled out, as have defensive back Curtis Brown (not injury related) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger).

Markus Wheaton likely Sunday no-go despite return to practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton has returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the last three games with a finger injury. But he remains unlikely to play against the visiting Patriots on Sunday, ESPN has speculated.

Markus Wheaton still out with finger injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton, who's missed three straight games with a finger injury, did not practice Wednesday as the team began preparing for Week 9 at New England. On Tuesday, coach Mike Tomlin said Wheaton had a chance to play against the Patriots.

Devon Wylie cut could mean Markus Wheaton return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) The release Wednesday of Steelers wideout Devon Wylie could signal the return of Markus Wheaton, who has been out the last three games with a finger injury.

Wylie, who caught one pass for the Chiefs last year and worked as a kick returner, has been waived by Kansas City, Arizona and Pittsburgh in 2013.


Markus Wheaton could be back Week 9


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday rookie receiver Markus Wheaton, who has missed the last three games due to a finger injury, will be evaluated this week and might return to action Week 9 at New England.

Steelers list Week 8 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Steelers have officially ruled the following players as inactive for Week 8 in Oakland: quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, cornerback Curtis Brown, tight end Richard Gordon, linebacker Kion Wilson, linebacker Chris Carter and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo.

Top offensive Steelers ready to roll against Raiders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) The Steelers will probably be missing no key offensive player against the Raiders on Sunday. Wideout Markus Wheaton (finger) and tight end Richard Gordon (toe) are out, but all others are probable.

They are linemen Kevin Beachum (ribs), Ramon Foster (thumb) and Marcus Gilbert (quad), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (abdomen).