The starting wide receiver spot opposite Antonio Brown is Markus Wheaton’s to lose. Although the Steelers' wide receivers were rotated with the first-team throughout the spring, Wheaton, who missed some time with a minor injury, estimated he ran with the first unit “for the majority” of the offseason program. “It means a lot,” Wheaton continued. “It means Ben is building trust in me.”
Wheaton didn’t make every play. During a two-minute drill on the first day of mandatory veteran minicamp he failed to come up with a tough catch in traffic at the goal line. But the pass was the third Roethlisberger had launched at Wheaton during the drill, a drill that had opened with consecutive Roethlisberger-to-Wheaton connections.
Wheaton is taking nothing for granted, but he’s playing the game at the necessary pace physically and mentally.
Wheaton will be fantasy relevant and may be a fringe fantasy starter if he wins the WR2 job. Emmanuel Sanders was a low-end WR3 in that role in 2013.