Well to say Markus Wheaton had a good camp could very well be an understatement. The rookie wide receiver had a very productive training camp now that it has come to a close, and the question many Steelers fans are wondering is… Will we see Markus Wheaton as the third string wide receiver in 2013?
The question very well may be – when will Wheaton take over the third place spot on the depth chart? The third round pick from Oregon State has been pushing 10-year pro Jerricho Cotchery for his spot on the depth chart. Along with that, Wheaton has been factored into special teams. The rookie is willing to be a gunner on punts which is something coach Mike Tomlin seems to like about his young receiver.
To add to the Wheaton hype, starting safety Ryan Clark commented on 93.7 the Fan on Saturday that he believes Wheaton is better than former Steelers receiver Mike Wallace at everything that it takes to be a wide receiver in the National Football League besides one thing: speed.
“Markus Wheaton, and you take this how you want, is better than Michael Wallace at everything but one thing: speed. That’s it. He does everything else better. That’s not a knock on Mike. And it’s not saying Markus can be more productive than Mike, because the thing Mike did well, he did better than anyone else in the NFL. And that was run. But I think as far as route-running, (Wheaton’s) more polished. I think he has better hands. They both are extremely tough guys to be slightly built.”
Clark says that his comments are not to knock on Wallace but to acknowledge how impressive the rookie wide receiver is.
On March 12th, Mike Wallace departed from Pittsburgh and went on to South Beach to play with the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers reacted by drafting Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Time will tell if Wheaton can fill the void that is left by Mike Wallace.