Roethlisberger Says Wheaton Doesn\’t Make The Same Mistake Twice

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger already knows what he has in wide receivers Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery and on Thursday, he said he\’s liked what he\’s seen so far out of his newest wide receiver, rookie Markus Wheaton.

“He\’s a hard worker,” Roethlisberger said. “You don\’t see him make the same mistake twice, so when you tell him something, he works on it and to me, that\’s big when it\’s a young guy, a new guy. If they make the same mistake over and over it means they\’re not focused and not working at it. He doesn\’t make the same mistake twice, and he works hard and wants to be great, and that\’s what you want to see from a young guy.”

Wheaton, who now has four receptions for 60 yards heading into the third preseason game Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, said Monday night after the game against the Washington Redskins that he feels like he\’s taking consistent steps forward.

“I think so, I think so,” said Wheaton. “With the help of the veteran guys, especially Cotchery, they help me out a lot and with them teaching me something every day, I feel I\’m able to make gains everyday.”

Cotchery agrees.

“He\’s doing a great job,” said the Steelers veteran wide receiver during his post game talk Monday night with the media. “He played mostly on the outside tonight and did a great job on the deep ball.”

The deep ball Monday night that Cotchery is referencing is of course the 45-yard reception that Wheaton hauled in from third-string quarterback Landry Jones in the third quarter. On the play, which you can see animated gifs of below, Wheaton showed not only his speed, but his ability to separate on a straight go route against off coverage when he dropped his head and hips as part of a double move that fooled Redskins cornerback Chase Minnifield.

Steelers Redskins Markus Wheaton animated gif

Steelers Redskins Markus Wheaton animated gif

Steelers Redskins Markus Wheaton animated gif

Wheaton, much like every other young wide receiver who comes into the league, is sure to have a few growing pains along the way, and he fully understands that despite all the praise he has received from his teammates over the course of the last week, that he has to continue taking steps forward.

β€œI appreciate it, especially coming from a guy like Ryan [Clark],” Wheaton said about Clark\’s comments last week during a radio interview that included the veteran safety saying the Oregon State product is already a more polished route runner with better hands than his predecessor Mike Wallace. β€œThen again, I realize I have a lot to build on. I\’ll use this game to see what I can do to get better.”

  • Mark Davis

    A humble kid with all the tools to be very successful the Steelers hit a HR getting Wheaton in the draft!! Can’t wait to see what he does this Season on the field

  • TxSteeler

    The young man looks good, real good. Sanders Brown and Wheaton should be able to help spread defenses effectively. Add Heath plus Bell out of the backfield and this will keep defensive coordinators up late at night.

  • cencalsteeler

    I would take Wheaton over Wallace any day of the week!

  • mhurk

    Wheaton is like money in the bank! Looks real good.

  • TJimmy

    His humble attitude is refreshing and he appears destined for greatness.

  • Michael

    I think the rookies we drafted this year all seem to have good heads on their shoulders. All appear to be hard workers and learn from their mistakes. This draft class could end up best in a good while.

  • Bong

    Wallace was humble his rookie year too. It was just fake.

  • TJimmy

    The reports about Wheaton coming out of college were that his demeanor was the same there and he was well liked by everyone.

  • TJimmy

    I noticed that he pushed off the DB to help himself get separation. Are they allowed to do that? πŸ™‚

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Nickname? “Humble Money”

  • TJimmy

    The referee outran both of them. Wow! πŸ˜‰

  • Bong

    Sorry, should have stated that I don’t think Wheaton is the same type of cat.

    Brown was cocky, but worked hard and everyone likes hime.

  • That would be a good play for Dave to check via his slow motion replay. It looks as if the DB grabs at Wheaton’s thigh as he blows past him and Wheaton fights off the mini-hold. I can’t see why he’d need to shove off since he was clearly in another gear than the DB. After starting to bite on the head & hip fake, the DB wasn’t back up to speed whereas Wheaton gobbled the DB’s cushion in a blink and was heading for six (if the throw had landed in stride).

  • Matthew Marczi

    He was probably thinking “are you kidding me?! I thought they got rid of Mike Wallace! Where’s the dink and dunk?!”

  • TJimmy

    Nah, the ref did it with his head turned backwards. Wallace has nothing on him.

  • greeny

    I love Wheaton. Hopefully Haley will open up the playbook in the regular season and actually ALLOW Ben to throw the Ball down the field to him.

  • Mike.H

    by having a BURNER in your receiving corp, when pressured, just chuck it deep. The odds are in your favor in the long run. Wheaton…

  • Shea Fahr

    Let’s hope Ben does not either..

  • Gautama Om

    However, Steelers fan (circa 2012): ” We HAVE to sign Wallace or we’re doom”.

    Steelers fan (2013): “We need to resign Sanders”

    Never fails.

  • Paul Jones

    If jones led him just a little little bit tiny more he’s gone to the house

  • steeltown

    Dude looks FAST
    People understate the importance of having a veteran guy at every position, here is proof in the pudding..Wheaton himself credits Cotchery with helping him adjust to the pro game and in making strides mentally

  • cencalsteeler

    I, for one, was never a Wallace fan. Yes, he was fast, no doubt about that. But, he gave up if the ball was not thrown right to him. He never really tried to tackle if they gave up an interception. He quit on our team numerous times including the last game of the season and was a cancer in our locker room. He was all about getting paid rather than playing for the love of the game. No thank you.


    That’s exactly why you have guys like Cotchery around…he can still perfrom, but mature enough to understand his role of helping a young draft pick IS helping the team.