Found August 06, 2013 on Down and Distance:
(Credit: Football Nation) When the speedy Mike Wallace bolted for the beaches of Miami this past off-season and signed a huge contract with the Dolphins, it left a glaring hole in an already underachieving Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Heading into April’s draft, it was clear the Steelers needed a receiver who could come right in and produce to help make up for not having Wallace. After all, behind Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders were Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress. Not exactly burners, right? Enter third round draft pick Markus Wheaton from Oregon State. After missing spring workouts because he still had classes, Wheaton has made up for what he missed in the spring during training camp. Described as a “more polished Mike Wallace” in his scouting reports, Wheaton thus far looks to be a steal with his 4.3 speed and exceptional route running. Via TribLive: What Wheaton already has shown in a relatively brief time is that he could be an impact receiver immediately — though perhaps not to the extent that Wallace and Antonio Brown were as rookies. Both he and running back Le’Veon Bell could play major roles in what figures to be one of the Steelers’ youngest offenses in several seasons. “I’ve seen players come in and play good the first year, and it will be a work in progress,” Mann said. “Every game will be a learning experience, something new, but he’s a smart guy, and he retains. There’s no doubt in my mind that in the very near future he will be productive.” The Steelers have had great success recently when drafting receivers in the third round. First Mike Wallace, then Emmanuel Sanders. With one MW gone, the offense now looks to another MW to fill the void. If his scouting report rings true and his progress in camp continues, I won’t be surprised to hear Wheaton’s name sooner rather than later during Sundays in the fall.   The post Steelers rookie WR Markus Wheaton catching on quickly appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.
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