Steelers OC Todd Haley Expect Big Things From Young Players

THPittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley took a conference call from Steelers fans this week and he let it be known he expects big things from the likes of wide receivers Martavis Bryant Markus Wheaton and wr/ running back Dri Archer in 2015.

Bryant a 4th round pick in 2014 who had 26 receptions for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns , while only playing in a total of 10 games.

By the end of the 2014 season Bryan had established himself as one of the Steelers top big play threats on offense.

Haley spoke on his expectations of Martavis Bryant going into the 2015 season…

Todd Haley:“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact, young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing, he took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two.”

Todd Haley also mentioned 3rd year receiver Markus Wheaton. Wheaton stepped up and preformed well in 2014 catching 53 passes for 644 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Haley spoke on what is expected of Wheaton heading into his third season…

Todd Haley:“From a developmental standpoint, I have always been taught and believe that year three is the most important in a guy’s development in what he’s going to be. As this year progresses we will have a real good idea of where Markus is and are all excited where he is going. We were excited with what we did but are probably more excited of what we are capable of doing.”

 

The Steelers drafted wide receiver/ running back Dri Archer in the third round last season. He has blazing speed and the Steelers expected big things from the speedster but those plans never materialized  after an early season ankle injury and the inability to define a clear role for Archer in the offense.

Todd Haley spoke on Archer and his potential as a role player for the Steelers offense in 2015…

Todd Haley:“Dri is a unique talent because he is probably the fastest guy on the field wherever we go. At the same time he is in a little bit of a difficult spot because we have a guy in Le’Veon who is capable and you really want on the field as much as possible. In a lot of places where you have running backs coming off the field, Le’Veon tends to get stronger as the games goes on. You hate to ever take him off the field. I am a big believer of putting your best 11 guys on the field as many snaps as you can. That put Dri in a little big of a difficult spot being a rookie coming from a little smaller school. When you get guys like that, sometimes the transition time is a little longer than we all would like, himself included. I really feel with a year under his belt even though there wasn’t great production anywhere. A year, plus another offseason and training camp, a full room in an NFL weight room, I think Dri will come back more experienced and still has that outstanding characteristic of speed. The important thing is that we do have a role for him if he is going to have a helmet on Sundays and he gets his five and six touches a game. Any one of those plays he has the chance to take it to the house with that speed. Let’s just have a little patience and let him continue to develop and we will definitely have a plan to get him touches throughout the season.”

The Steelers offense was one of the top offenses in the NFL in 2014 and its clear that Todd Haley and the Steelers are expecting even bigger things on offense in 2015. The play of these three young players could go a long way toward making that happen.

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