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Bears vs. Steelers: Look for more Markus Wheaton in Week 3

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said to expect the presence of rookie WR Markus Wheaton a bit more in Pittsburgh's Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears.

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At the pace he's on, Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton will have 96 snaps and zero catches on zero targets for his first year in the NFL.

According to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, we should expect those numbers to increase a bit in Pittsburgh's Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears.

Speaking to Tribune-Review reporter Alan Robinson, Roethlisberger tipped a bit of the upcoming game plan.

"To me, he's more than ready to get in and start doing some stuff for us. I thought he would be in a little more (previously), but I think you'll start to see him getting in more this week."

For a receiving corps and an offense that's languishing away at or near the bottom in most offensive categories, it could be seen as a welcomed change. Battles between receivers and offensive coordinators, missed throws and the lack of ability to rush for positive yards are all contributing factors - if not signs of disenfranchisement with the game plans - to the Steelers' 0-2 start, their first since 2002.

Perhaps the idea is to get the explosive Wheaton in for certain plays. While Emmanuel Sanders has looked fairly decent on deep routes, the Steelers haven't connected on any big passing plays yet this year. Roethlisberger hit Sanders on a nice catch-and-run for 43 yards against Cincinnati, their longest play of the year, which set up a 1-yard touchdown pass, Roethlisberger to Derek Moye.

Or perhaps Wheaton can help with the running game. It seems slightly less than likely they'll call end-arounds for Jerricho Cotchery anymore. Wheaton's speed, along with Sanders' ability to get deep could be an asset against an outstanding Bears' secondary.

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