Wheaton was expected to see an uptick in production while Bryant was suspended for the first four games of last season, but some chemistry problems with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger produced mixed results over that span. Nonetheless, Wheaton and Big Ben seemed to develop a better understanding as the season unfolded, evidenced by his four touchdowns in Pittsburgh's last six games. Now, with Bryant in line to be sidelined for the whole season, Wheaton should have a chance to continue such improvement as the clear-cut No. 2 wideout behind star Antonio Brown, and the fact Wheaton will be in the final year of his rookie contract provides further incentive for him to take advantage of the opportunity at hand.
Markus Wheaton caught five of eight targets for 30 yards in Pittsburgh's loss to Denver on Sunday.
With Antonio Brown (concussion) unavailable, it was thought that Wheaton could see an uptick in his production, but all of his receptions were for short yardage, although that may also have been a product of Ben Roethlisberger's injured shoulder. Clearly behind Brown and Martavis Bryant on the depth chart, Wheaton finished the regular season catching 44 of 79 targets for 749 yards and five touchdowns. He also contributed 105 yards on five kick returns. Although Wheaton saw a decline in receptions from 2014 (53), he more than doubled his touchdown production and had 105 more receiving yards, increasing his average catch by nearly five yards (from 12.2 to 17.0). Wheaton caught a pass in all 16 games this season, and has now had at least one reception in 25 consecutive games. Along with Brown and Bryant, Wheaton gives the Pittsburgh Steelers one of the league's best trio of receivers heading in to next season.
Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-5 targets for 23 yards Saturday in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win over the Bengals.
Wheaton fumbled in the first half, and went without a reception in the second half, of a sloppy game. Pittsburgh will need more from Wheaton in Week 19 against Denver, who he beat for six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown earlier this season, especially if Antonio Brown (concussion) is unable to play.
Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers ' win over the Browns on Sunday.
The 57 yards increased Wheaton's single-season career high for receiving yards to 749 (644 in 2014), and his eight-yard touchdown reception from Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter was the third-year receiver's fourth in the last six games.
Markus Wheaton had 41 yards on three receptions in Pittsburgh's loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
The passing game struggled to do much of anything against the Ravens, generating its lowest yardage total since Week 7 with Jarvis Landry under center. As a result, Wheaton was a non-factor after putting up decent numbers over the past four games. For fantasy owners still playing in Week 17, Wheaton faces a Cleveland pass defense that limited him to just 18 yards on two receptions earlier this season.
|P3||8/26/16||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|1||9/12/16||@ WAS||7:10 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/6/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/24/16||@ IND||8:30 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
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