Steelers Markus Wheaton is looking for answers

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The second year wide receiver is expected to play a large role in the offense in 2014, but whether he can handle the full time job has yet to be determined.

At the Steelers' south side practice facility, there is someone looking for answers. That person isn't a beat writer, or a manical fan but second year wide receiver Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton is a player that was plagued with hand injuries in 2013, and is now expected to battle for the No. 2 wide receiver position, but he will be doing that in 2014 without the use of his mentor from last season, Jerricho Cotchery.

Since Cotchery is now employed by the Carolina Panthers, Wheaton has had to follow another veteran around, and that would be newly acquired receiver Lance Moore.

"I feel like I am following him [Lance Moore] now," "When I have a question and Ben isn't around, I am going straight to Lance and asking him what he thinks about it. Since I don't have [Jerricho Cotchery] to lean on, I am kind of leaning on him now." Wheaton told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribue-Review.

Wheaton is wise to try and latch onto a veteran receiver and learn anything he can about the nuances of the position and how to go about his business the right way, but the best way for him to learn is by playing; which is something he did very little last season. Simpy put, he has questions and its the veterans that have the answers, but nothing teaches like experience.

Through the second phase of OTAs, the second year pro has been lining up opposite of Antonio Brown with the starters."It's less watching so I am enjoying it," Wheaton said. A lot can change between OTAs, minicamp and training camp, but with veteran leadership, and the opportunity to actually gain experience on the field, Wheaton could be turning into an every day starter for the Steelers.

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