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|Having failed to re-sign starting wide receiver Mike Wallace, the Steelers used a third-round pick to acquire Wheaton, the 5'11”, 182-pound Oregon State product who is expected to open the season backing up Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Wheaton has outstanding speed and the ability to make defenders miss, making him an excellent fit in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's passing attack. To earn playing time as a rookie, Wheaton will need to unseat a pair of veterans in Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery. While that may not happen by opening day, look for Wheaton to become the team's top backup by midseason—although Burress will likely fill that role in the red zone, provided he makes the team. While Wheaton isn't worth owning in redraft formats, he is an excellent dynasty league prospect given that Sanders is working on a one-year contract.
| Heath Miller practices in full -- Thu Sep 19 2:55 pm --|
Big Ben also believes Wheaton will begin to play key role
|Heath Miller (knee) was a full practice participant Wednesday for the first time all season, and Le'Veon Bell also worked for the first time since spraining his right foot Aug. 19.
Ben Roethlisberger believes this is the week rookie Markus Wheaton will play more than an incidental role. The third-round pick has been on the field for only 12 plays in two games. Roethlisberger said, “To me, he's more than ready to get in and start doing some stuff for us. I thought he would be in a little more (previously), but I think you'll start to see him getting in more this week.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)|
FF Today's Take: Great news for Miller, who was one of the league's better all-around tight ends prior to the injury. The Steelers' offense has certainly not benefited from the loss of Roethlisberger's "security blanket". Wheaton's absence from the gameplan thus far is borderline criminal, so perhaps Big Ben's urging will right that wrong. Wheaton is the one receiver that can give the Steelers what they lost in Mike Wallace, opening up an offense that has looked terrible through two weeks.