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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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