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September 13, 2018 05:12 PM
Markus Wheaton: Let go by Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Eagles released Wheaton on Tuesday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

Both Wheaton and Kamar Aiken were among the final receivers cut by the Eagles at the conclusion of the preseason, but Wheaton was re-signed a few days later after Philadelphia ruled out Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and Mack Hollins (groin) for the regular-season opener. The 27-year-old logged just three snaps (two on offense) in the Week 1 win over the Falcons, with Aiken moving on to the active roster in his stead. Though he has a pair of 40-catch seasons on his resume, Wheaton has suited up in just 14 contests over the past three years, recording only seven receptions during that span. He could resurface in Philadelphia or with another team later in the season, but it's unlikely he would secure a major role in any squad's passing attack.

September 4, 2018 11:40 AM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Returning to Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton signed with the Eagles on Tuesday.

Wheaton was just released by the Eagles on Sunday as part of their final roster cuts, but with fellow wideout Mack Hollins (groin) ruled out for Thursday's opener against the Falcons, Wheaton was brought back to add some depth to the unit. With Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) also not in line to play Thursday, Wheaton could see a decent number of opportunities in the passing game, but once those two are back healthy, the wideout could find himself off the roster once again.

September 2, 2018 07:32 PM
Markus Wheaton: Released by Philly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton was released by the Eagles on Sunday, Chris McPherson of the team's official site reports.

The 27-year-old has had a bit of a tumultuous career following his Pittsburgh days. There's no denying his skillset as a wideout in this league, but there's a degree of consistency that has been missing with Wheaton. The Eagles have one of the top wideout corps in the NFC, so Wheaton's release is by no means an indictment on his ability. Don't be surprised if another team takes a shot on Wheaton as the season inches closer.

August 27, 2018 12:08 AM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Back at practice Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports reports.

Wheaton has missed an extended period of time with a strained hamstring but now returns to practice with two weeks remaining until the regular season. The veteran isn't a lock for a roster spot with the Eagles and will look to play in the preseason finale and show that he can contribute in the passing game. Shelton Gibson and Anthony Mahoungou may lose some snaps with Wheaton back in the picture.

August 19, 2018 04:40 PM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Nursing hamstring injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton is dealing with a strained hamstring, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Wheaton has missed several weeks of practice now due to the hamstring injury, which originally had been kept under the rug as an undisclosed issue. His chances of securing a roster spot have certainly been hampered, while it remains to be seen if he'll be able to return in time for Thursday's preseason tilt against the Browns.

August 11, 2018 07:00 PM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Not at practice Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (undisclosed) did not take the field for practice Saturday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports.

Wheaton wasn't in uniform for Thursday's preseason opener either, so it appears he's again on the mend after missing a day of practice Monday before returning to the fold Tuesday for a practice without pads. With a 53-man roster spot up for grabs and Wheaton's spot on thin ice, he will likely aim to return to action in short order if his health allows it.

August 7, 2018 12:24 PM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Practicing Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Wheaton was held out of practice Monday for an undisclosed reason, but it looks like whatever was bothering him was minor. The Eagles, however, aren't practicing with full pads Tuesday, so that may have been a factor in Wheaton returning to the practice field. Expect another update on the wideout's health when the team goes back to practicing in full pads.

August 6, 2018 12:32 PM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Misses practice Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton was held out of practice Monday with an undisclosed injury, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports.

Though the nature of Wheaton's setback isn't known, it's believed to be a minor concern for the 27-year-old wideout. That being said, the injury clouds Wheaton's availability for Thursday's exhibition opener against the Steelers, potentially robbing him of an opportunity to stake his claim to a roster berth. Wheaton is competing with a number of players for one or two openings in the Eagles' receiver ranks.

May 3, 2018 11:00 AM
Eagles' Markus Wheaton: Reaches deal with Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Wednesday, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Despite the Bears' dearth of talent at receiver last season, Wheaton couldn't carve out much of a role in the passing game while also battling health issues. Wheaton finished his lone campaign in Chicago with just three receptions for 51 yards in 11 games before receiving his walking papers in March. It's no surprise that Wheaton was forced to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal in free agency, and there's no guarantee he'll earn a roster spot with the Super Bowl champions given his issues with staying on the field and his underwhelming production in 2017. Even if Wheaton is able to clinch a roster berth, he'll likely only serve as a depth wideout for the team and wouldn't be in line for consistent targets.

March 16, 2018 02:16 PM
Markus Wheaton: Visiting Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton is visiting the Seahawks on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The only 100-yard game of Wheaton's career was an outlier 201-yard performance during a game in Seattle back in Week 12 of 2015. He finished out that season with a handful of solid outings but has subsequently caught only seven passes on 26 targets in 14 games for Pittsburgh and Chicago the past two seasons. Seeking a speedy replacement for free-agent departee Paul Richardson, the Seahawks surely remember that game from 2015 and may be optimistic that Wheaton can recapture his best form if he stays healthy. Regardless of where he lands, the 27-year-old will need to reprove himself, likely while working on a contract that doesn't include much guaranteed money.

March 14, 2018 06:40 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Released by Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton was released by the Bears on Wednesday.

Wheaton was a complete bust in the first season of a two-year, $11 million contract, catching three of 17 targets for 51 yards in 11 games. The Bears have reached agreements with Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, while Wheaton will look for a new home to compete for a roster spot. The 2013 third-round pick has seven receptions since 2015, with injuries playing a major role in his struggles. He's only 27 and does still own a career mark of 14.2 yards per catch.

March 5, 2018 11:44 AM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Unlikely to stay with Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton likely will be released by the Bears, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Signed to a two-year, $11 million contract last offseason, Wheaton caught three passes for 51 yards in 11 games with the Bears. His only chance of staying in Chicago would be accepting a major pay cut to compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster. With Kendall Wright, Dontrelle Inman and Cameron Meredith (knee) all set to become unrestricted free agents, the Bears figure to aggressively address their wideout group in free agency and/or the draft. Kevin White (shoulder) figures to get another shot with the team in the final year of his rookie contract, but the Bears don't want to be in the position of depending on a player who has made only five appearances in three professional seasons. Wheaton has dealt with injury issues of his own, missing five games last season and 13 in 2016 with the Steelers. He does at least seem to be healthy at the moment.

January 1, 2018 10:36 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Nine yards in season finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton caught one pass for nine yards in the Bears Week 17 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with three receptions for 51 yards in 11 games.

Wheaton's entering the last year of his contract, but unless he gives the new coaching staff reason for optimism that he'll improve, he easily could find himself in an uphill battle to make the team. He certainly had opportunity to carve out a role in an offense that was pretty much devoid of playmakers at wide receiver, but he was targeted just 17 times over 11 games. Although he had a pair of reasonably productive seasons in 2014 and 2015, he's posted just 102 yards in 14 games since that time, and he'll need to have an impressive training camp to merit a spot on most fantasy teams in 2018.

December 17, 2017 01:24 AM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: First productive game of 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton caught two passes for 42 yards in the Bears' Week 15 loss to the Lions on Saturday.

When the Bears fell behind by double digits in the second half, they frequently played in offensive sets with multiple wide receivers, which allowed Wheaton to see plenty of playing time. He was targeted four times, and each of his receptions went for at least 20 yards as he took advantage of the Lions playing a prevent defense . With just 51 yards of offense on the season, he'll be a very risky fantasy option in the last two weeks of the season.

December 5, 2017 10:01 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Another goose egg
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton was not targeted in Sunday's 15-14 loss to the 49ers.

Despite being active in five games this season, Wheaton's caught just one pass for nine yards on the season. He's little more than a depth option on the Chicago roster, with no increase in role expected in the near future.

November 18, 2017 02:16 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Expects bigger role this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton is expected to play a bigger role at receiver in Sunday's game against the Lions, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Wheaton only saw two snaps in the Bears' Week 10 loss to the Packers after coming off a three-game absence due to injury. However, head coach John Fox indicated there is "no doubt" Wheaton is more prepared to contribute in Week 11 after another week of practice under his belt. Still, the 26-year-old is fourth on the Bears' receiving depth chart, and the team figures to rely on their ground game going forward.

November 9, 2017 05:16 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Full practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (groin) practiced in full Thursday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Considering his practice reps weren't impacted for the first time since Week 5, Wheaton is on pace to suit up Sunday against the Packers. Since joining the Bears in the offseason, he's made nary an impact in the box score, corralling one of nine passes for nine yards across three appearances. Working with rookie signal caller Mitchell Trubisky likely won't result in much attention for Wheaton, but the Bears' dearth of talent likely ensures that he'll be in store for a high snap share in Week 10.

November 8, 2017 05:12 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Limited Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (groin) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

Wheaton's return to practice Monday marked four weeks since he injured his groin Oct. 9 against the Vikings. Considering he was given a 4-to-6 week recovery timetable, he seems to be trending toward an active status Sunday versus the Packers. If Wheaton does make an appearance this weekend, the run-heavy nature of the Bears offense with rookie Mitchell Trubisky running the show doesn't lend itself to significant looks for any of the team's wideouts.

November 6, 2017 04:32 PM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Takes part in workout Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (groin) participated in the Bears' team workout Monday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

Finger and groin injuries have limited Wheaton to just three games this season, with his last appearance coming back in Week 5 against the Vikings. Though Wheaton had been serving in a starting role for the Bears, he was unable to find much traction in the passing game, catching one ball for nine yards in those contests. While Wheaton has been out, Mitchell Trubisky has since replaced Mike Glennon as the Bears' starting quarterback, but the offensive game plans have still skewed run heavy, which likely won't translate to many targets for Wheaton once he's back to full health.

October 29, 2017 11:36 AM
Bears' Markus Wheaton: Remains sidelined Week 8
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wheaton (groin) is listed as inactive Sunday at New Orleans.

Less than three weeks removed from a torn groin, Wheaton hasn't entered the 4-to-6 week timetable for his return. Perhaps he'll get healthy enough during the Bears' Week 9 bye, but the Bears won't file an official injury report again until Nov. 9, so his next game action is unclear at this point.

 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-11/185
Birthdate:
02/07/1991
Age:
28
Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ, USA
School:
Oregon State
NFL Experience:
6
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