The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for answers after dropping to 0-2 on the season following their 2010 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night. Head coach Mike Tomlin, however, doesn’t believe that he has to go far to find those answers.
“I believe honestly that the answers are still in that room,” said Tomlin during his post game press conference.
One of those answers might just be rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton, who saw very limited playing time for a second straight game.
“He will be,” said Tomlin when asked if Wheaton will be part of those answers moving forward.
The Steelers take on the undefeated Chicago Bears next Sunday night at Heinz Field, so you can expect that Wheaton will likely overtake Jerricho Cotchery on the depth chart this coming week.
To Cotchery’s credit, he did have three catches for 59 yards Monday night, but he is not a threat to stretch the field and hasn’t been for some time now.
The Steelers need a receiver that can take the top off the coverage so that Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown can both work underneath more. The Steelers lost Mike Wallace to free agency during the offseason and the offense is certainly suffering without him.
With Wheaton now expected to see more playing time, Sanders will likely see more time in the slot when the team uses their 11 personnel grouping.