After disappearing down the stretch of an injury-riddled first season in Pittsburgh, WR Markus Wheaton's strong camp left longtime beat writer Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to call the team's new "X" wideout a "more accomplished route-runner" than former Steelers deep threat Mike Wallace.
Big Ben promised reporters last month that Wheaton "doesn't make the same mistake twice" and would "surprise a lot of people" this season, while the former Oregon State star told the Post-Gazette that he expects to capably assume Wallace's old spot.
"I don't see why not," Wheaton said. "I won't compare myself to Mike Wallace. I'm Markus Wheaton, he's Mike Wallace. He does what he does, I'm going to do what I'm going to do. I'm sure I can make plays down the field."
The comparisons to Wallace may be a little premature, but it's a sign of hope for owners who took a chance on Wheaton. We think he can put up solid numbers as the Steelers WR2, enough to give your team some late-round depth with the hope he develops into a usable WR3 candidate.