Makus Wheaton seeing time in the slot

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton doesn't mind where he plays, as long as he's on the field.

That's good news for the Steelers, who are moving the talented wide receiver to the slot during training camp to add another dimension to an already-dangerous offensive attack.

''We have a lot of potential,'' Wheaton said. ''I guess we'll see how it goes.''

The results were positive in 2014 as the Steelers flourished on offense, breaking franchise records and finishing No. 2 in the league. Wheaton was a big part of the attack, playing on the outside and in the slot at times.

That the Steelers' 2013 third-round pick now gets an entire offseason to learn the nuances of a position he never played in college at Oregon State.

''We ran a lot of two-receiver sets in college, so I was outside a lot,'' Wheaton said.

Wheaton estimated the switch to slot came around mid-season last year, when he had a package of simplified plays designed for him.

Fantasy Impact: 

Wheaton has worked on the outside and in the slot during training camp practices, and says he doesn't have a preference on where he plays. A few weeks ago, QB Ben Roethlisberger said Wheaton would break out this year and see time on the outside while moving to the slot in three receiver sets. The statement had those expecting Martavis Bryant to bust out this season wondering what exactly was going on, even though Bryant was injured at the time. Meanwhile, we continued to rank Bryant as a WR2 after an impressive season playing only about 60-percent of the snaps. It looks like Wheaton could play both inside and outside, but the WR2 value still seems to be with Bryant.

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