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Stephens-Howling And Wheaton To Gets Looks As Return Men Monday Night

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met with the media prior to the team taking the field for their final practice at Saint Vincent College, and he said running back LaRod Stephens-Howling and rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton will both get looks as return men Monday night in the second preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

“We\’re excited about taking a look at a few other guys in the return game,” said Tomlin. “[LaRod] Stephens-Howling in the kickoff return game, [Markus] Wheaton in the punt return game.

Last week, I wrote that I didn\’t think Wheaton should be playing on special teams, unless he can win the punt return job. It now appears as though he will get a chance to do just that. The Steelers third-round draft pick only returned three punts for 68 yards during his career at Oregon State, so it will certainly be interesting to see how he fares Monday night.

Stephens-Howling, on the other hand, is a very accomplished kickoff returner. During his four years with the Arizona Cardinals, the University of Pittsburgh product returned 163 kickoffs for 4,067 yards and three touchdowns.

As far as other changes this week, Tomlin also let his intentions be known as it relates to playing time for the starters.

“We\’ll continue to look at our starters a little bit more than we did last time,” he said. “We\’ll of course rotate in from there.”

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  • Kevin SFIC

    While I’m confident with LSH on KRs. I have doubts on Wheaton on PRs. JMO. He just isn’t the elusive type. Mind you, I wouldn’t be sad if he proved me wrong, I like him a lot.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think u r right on

  • Douglas Andrews

    It would be nice to get a longer look at Dunn returning kicks and punts.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree. Although I do not think he will make the squad you have to give this kid a good chance to show us what we have in him.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yeah it’s gonna be tough for him. Hope he can open some eyes like the Utah Youtube video’s. Hard to find 4.2 40 speed in the return game.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He did surprise me in the 1st preseason game and hope he can build on it.

  • Douglas Andrews

    He’s got to stand out returning punts in order to make the 53. Pretty sure the Steelers don’t want Antonio or Sanders returning punts this year.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I am with you that AB and Sanders will not be asked to return punts which leaves an opening. Not sure the Steelers will use a spot on just a guy who can PR unless he lights it up which is why I would like to see this kid given quite a few chances. Hopefully he can continue to grow as a pass catcher as well.

  • Douglas Andrews

    He was an electric KR at Utah it’s all over youtube. The main knock on him was that he wasnt used on PR which was a head scratcher unless he couldnt catch the ball cleanly. If he can show some WR skills I think he makes the 53 hands down. He had a nice return during the Giants game he’s just gotta keep that up to lock down a roster spot.

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