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Wheaton Expected To Take “A Significant Step” For Steelers In 2014

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Last season was mostly one of sitting back and watching for Steelers drafted WR Markus Wheaton, but don’t expect the same for the wide out in 2014.

The team is going to ask a lot more out of Wheaton once camp gets going, and they feel that the Oregon State product will easily have a bigger season than his rookie year.

In 2013 Wheaton had just six catches for 64 yards, and most of the time didn’t even see the playing field other than special teams.

The team will look for a new number two wide out with Emmanuel Sanders now residing in Denver with Peyton Manning, and while right off the bat Lance Moore will probably get penciled in at the number two spot, Wheaton could make things interesting with a good camp.

Wheaton had surgery for a pair of broken fingers, and even coach Mike Tomlin seemed to give the rookie the benefit of the doubt.

“It’s tough to play wide receiver with broken fingers,” Tomlin said last week, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I look forward to him taking a significant step for us. I know that we need him to.”

Don’t count Wheaton out when it comes to being a big part of the offense in 2014, he’ll get every chance to do so once camp starts.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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