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Monday, August 22, 2016, 9:42pm
Markus Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger share lockers next to each other inside the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex locker room, and it's there that a bulk of the communication between the quarterback and receiver takes place.
"He spent so much time in the training room that he couldn’t be next to me talking about things," Roethlisberger said on Monday.
Wheaton was out for most of training camp while dealing with an undisclosed injury, but returned to practice this week as the Steelers returned from St. Vincent to their team facility.
"I’m disappointed he was out of the practices because I felt like we had really grown a lot and the chemistry had grown a lot," Roethlisberger said. "Even if his locker is next to mine and just communicating to each other talking."
Despite having nine less receptions than he had in 2014, Wheaton totaled 105 more yards (749), and averaged 4.8 more yards-per-catch (17.0) with five more touchdowns last season. He's also in the final year of his $2.8 million rookie contract. There is a lot riding on Wheaton this season, but right now, he's still in the process of playing catch-up. Wheaton is slotted as the team's WR2 this year, a potential vital role with no Martavis Bryant and an ailing TE in Ladarius Green.
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Roethlisberger has been a yardage hog in the past two seasons, truly meshing with what offensive coordinator Todd Haley wants to do with the football -- work the short game and set up shots downfield. Roethlisberger lost a big downfield target with Martavis Bryant's suspension for the year, but he has other weapons. He had eight 300-plus yard games in 12 outings last season and was sacked just 20 times. The offensive line is solid. The supporting cast is excellent. Roethlisberger's interceptions were up a tick last season with 16, but that's been a point of emphasis this offseason. At 34, he's still on the back edge of his prime and should be poised for another big season, provided he stays healthy. And with Le'Veon Bell back this season, Roethlisberger has his safety valve back. The schedule isn't especially daunting and because the defense is somewhat shaky, the Steelers have to keep the pedal to the metal. He should easily be a top-10 fantasy quarterback, perhaps even a top-5, in 2016.
2016 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||26.58||39.08||327.75||1.75||1.33||8.39||12.33||1.25||2.42||0||0||1.93||66.17/70.08||94.31% |