Despite signing free agent receiver
The Steelers hope second-year wideout
Coach Mike Tomlin said Pittsburgh needs Wheaton to take "a significant step" forward.
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.
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.
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