The Steelers sure could use a big season from rookie wide out Markus Wheaton, but the former Oregon State receiver is playing catch up with his teammates after missing time.

The AP today wrote about Wheaton, who missed organized team activities and minicamp due to school.

”I felt like I was behind because I missed that camp,” Wheaton said in the article. ”But really, we all start from scratch. Mentally they’re teaching (the offense) as if no one knows it.”

Having Wheaton up to par with the rest of his teammates is a huge key to the Steelers this season. While Plax Burress and Jerricho Cotchery fight for the teams third WR spot, the club would love to see Wheaton step up.

Last season the 79th overall pick of the draft pulled in 91 grabs and 11 TD’s, and while he won’t do that in 2013, if he can give the team a downfield presence, that would be a huge lift.

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