In 2015, the Lions hope a veteran like Moore can help Stafford feast on opposing defenses as he brings plenty of familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme.
"He seems like a great guy," Stafford said last week at Taste of the Lions. "He obviously has knowledge of the system. It's changed a little bit. We talked about that, but not too much to where it's going to be tough for him to learn it."
Moore is turning 32 this summer and it's not clear how much he has left in the tank. He was only targeted 26 times last season as the Steelers' WR4, but he does seemed to be a handpicked choice for Lombardi's offense. He could serve as the team's WR3 if he has a good summer.
Moore is turning 32 this summer and it's not clear how much he has left in the tank. He was only targeted 26 times last season as the Steelers' WR4. At this point, he's competing for a roster spot, not a major role in the passing game.
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 7:03pm
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Moore is set to return to WR3 duties this week.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Moore is ready to make his return to game action.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Moore is ready to make his return to game action.
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:12pm
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin, out) did not practice Wednesday. Moore is out again so look for Justin Brown to handle WR3 duties against the Ravens.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder, doubtful) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is doubtful for Week 1. He’s probably not going to play this week. With Lance Moore also out, we may be seeing extra two-TE sets with Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 1. With Moore out, look for a few extra targets for Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, and more two-TE sets with Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth.
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) missed practice again Thursday. If Moore can’t play, Justin Brown or Darrius Heyward-Bey may be forced into action.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Steelers WR Lance Moore (groin) did not practice Wednesday. This is probably a minor injury, but it’s worth monitoring this week.
Wide receiver Martavis Bryant might be looking at the equivalent of a redshirt in his first NFL season.
Bryant left the Steelers’ final preseason game early Thursday night with an A/C sprain in his shoulder, and the injury is expected to sideline the fourth-round pick for an extended period.
Depending on the severity of the injury, which is a separated shoulder, the Steelers could place Bryant on the short-term injured reserve list after he makes the 53-man roster.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:23pm
Brown put up some awe-inspiring numbers: 110 receptions and a franchise single-season best 1,499 receiving yards.
While the spotlight will shine on Brown, there will be plenty attention given his supporting cast. Roethlisberger has spent much of training camp and the preseason adapting to several new faces, including free agent signees Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, and rookie Martavis Bryant.
Roethlisberger, too, will have a new starter flanked opposite Brown. Markus Wheaton, a second-year receiver who was slowed by a broken finger during his rookie season, seems to have settled in with the offense.
There still needs to be some balance in the offense with the running game. But if the Steelers are going to air it out, the new WR members will be challenged to duplicate the 2013 efforts of Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders. They combined for 113 receptions, 1,342 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. We expect Wheaton to put up solid numbers as the Steelers WR2, and could provide some depth to your fantasy team.
The Steelers decided not to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders because they believed Markus Wheaton could develop into a dependable No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger has been impressed with his development since the end of last season.
“He’s learning and growing fast, and we need him to,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s what’s great about him. He doesn’t make the same mistake twice. He’s busting his butt every day in practice. I grabbed him upstairs [Monday] and talked to him about something he did a little wrong in the game. He had nothing to do with the play, but he was heartbroken that he screwed something up that he probably shouldn’t have. He puts that work in. He’s watched [Brown]. He knows what it takes to be a pro.”
“He’s going to be key because, if we don’t have another receiver, people can just watch A.B.,” Roethlisberger said. “We all see what A.B. can do. We need him to step up because we can’t afford for teams to put three guys on A.B. I hope Wheaton is that guy.
“He’s a young guy people don’t know about yet. He hasn’t earned that respect, which is probably rightfully so, because he hasn’t done much. But I’m excited for him because I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”
The Steelers play a lot of three-WR sets, so we’re expecting big snaps for Wheaton even if Lance Moore is on the field for two-WR sets, though it currently looks like Wheaton will be the WR2. He was a 3rd round pick and is a terrific athlete. He’s not big (5’11”) but he fits the mold of a typical Steeler receiver. Despite a short resume, Wheaton is a breakout candidate if he sees big snaps in his second year. In the last four seasons, Hines Ward, Antonio Brown (x2) and Sanders have averaged 65-848-4.5 in the Steelers’ WR2 role.
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