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11 Markus Wheaton WR

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Markus Wheaton not on the same page with Ben Roethlisberger Thursday
by Igor Mello |

Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton had a bad drop and endured some communication issues with Ben Roethlisberger Thursday night against the Eagles in preseason action, per the NFL Network. Wheaton finished the first half without a grab and caught passes for 10 and 14 yards in the third quarter. He caught half of his four targets for 24 yards.

"It looked bad. We'll go watch the film, it could be 'this here is wrong, that is wrong,' you fix it and you get rolling," Wheaton said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Ben Roethlisberger praises Markus Wheaton for progress
by Marty Gitlin |

Despite a lack of production as a rookie in 2013, Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton has received praise from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Wheaton was held without a catch in the final six games of last season, but Roethlisberger believes his offseason work has put him in position to make a significant impact this year.

"He's a young guy people don't know about yet," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He hasn't earned that respect, which is probably rightfully so, because he hasn't done much. But I'm excited for him because I think he's going to surprise a lot of people."

The Steelers are hoping Wheaton can emerge to take the pressure off premier receiver Antonion Brown that has been lacking since the departure of Mike Wallace. Faith in Wheaton prompted the team to allow Emmanuel Sanders to leave for Denver.

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Markus Wheaton hauls in first preseason touchdown
by Igor Mello |

Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton caught his first touchdown of the preseason Saturday night at home against the Bills.

Wheaton caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the first quarter. He finished with two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown on three targets while working with the first-team offense for three drives.

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Steelers unveil initial depth chart
by Igor Mello |

The Steelers released their initial depth chart on Sunday, just a few days before their first preseason game against the Giants.

At wide receiver, the listed second-year pro Markus Wheaton as the starter opposite of Antonio Brown. Lance Moore is listed as the primary backup to Wheaton, andJustin Brown is the primary backup to Brown.

At running back, the team listed newcomer LeGarrette Blount behind Le'Veon Bell, followed by Dri Archer and Tauren Poole.

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Markus Wheaton's role 'will increase greatly'
by Larry Hartstein |

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.

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