The Steelers have again jumped their June 1 signing deadline, inking third round WR Markus Wheaton four year deal today.
Wheaton looks to replace departed wide receiver Mike Wallace as the go-to deep threat, and count me among those hoping he wins the third spot on the depth chart this year. Wheaton has speed, route-running abilities, and fits the mold of the small, speedy wide receiver that has flourished in Pittsburgh recently.
Wheaton is a superb route-runner and has the personality and leadership that the Steelers have to hope the Cash Back crew will provide. Wheaton, like the rest of the 2013 class, is a great character guy who could turn into a leader on the offense quickly. He was seen by many as a second round prospect that the Steelers were able to steal in the middle of the third.
The Steelers lost Mike Wallace to Miami in the offseason, but brought back four of their five main receiving threats from last season. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are the projected starters with Jericho Cotchery and Wheaton competing for the third receiver position. Expect Plaxico Burress to be the fifth receiver and a red zone threat, unless Justin Brown can steal the last receiver slot from the veteran.