Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger Works With Moye And Wheaton In SoCal

 

Aside from Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery, the Pittsburgh Steelers have some other pass catching offensive weapons.  Based on how last season went, one would never really know that there’s a ton of potential standing on the Steelers sideline each week.  Wide receivers Derek Moye and Markus Wheaton are a pair of young receivers who are on the ‘up and coming’ list in offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s offense.

Our own Dom DiTolla will tell you until he’s blue in the face that these two were underutilized in 2013.  Well it looks like Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is getting a jump start on the 2014 season, and potentially getting these guys incorporated more in the offense on a regular basis.

Sam Nestler sent this tweet out on Wednesday showing Big Ben working drills with Wheaton, Moye, and some other athletes.  While some might see this and think, ‘So what?’ I feel good about seeing the leader of the offense taking initiative in working out with some of his younger receivers.  It’s important for a quarterback to develop as much of a relationship as he can with his offense and receiving core.  Timing, reads, and nuances are all very important – especially when currently the Steelers lack an offensive line that is dominant in pass protection.

I hope that Ben and these guys (as well as the other receivers) have more workouts together.  It can only improve how they perform on the field.  If the Steelers want to have more firepower on offense, they will need to get Moye and Wheaton involved much more.  The former Nittany Lion and OSU Beaver combined for 8 catches and 84 yards in 2013.  Moye had a lone touchdown.  There’s no guarantee that the Steelers will pick a wide out in the first or second (or any) rounds in this year’s draft.  If they don’t then they will need Moye and Wheaton firing on all cylinders and on the same page with Roethlisberger.

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  • Shawn Winbush

    wow,something we can agree on.I am glad to see Ben taken the young WRs under his wing. I wrote about this earlier in Steeler Depot. Good read Craig!

  • dan

    no need to draft a wideout…so many good ones available in FA. decker maclin nincks edelman tate james jones bolden roberts cooper jacoby jones alexander mccluster and deven hester are all available for the taking.

    • Dom DiTolla

      You do realize that the Steelers lack the cap space to sign all of those receivers. Moreover, they’ll need all the cap space they can get to re-sign Sanders or Cotchery.

      • Shawn Winbush

        Dom, I’d love to see Cotchery back.But a WR like Jacoby Ford(not Jones) or Danario Alexander can definitely put up the numbers Sanders did and we would save money.I agree with you that first seven he named probably aren’t in our price range. The rest are attainable.

        • Dom DiTolla

          I’m not so sure, plus both Alexander and Ford are injury prone. Would the Steelers really want to sign either of them? Ford had only 13 catches last year and has never had more than 25 in his four professional seasons. Alexander hasn’t had more than 37 in one year and he is coming off of a knee injury.

          Moreover, why would the Steelers be interested in a soon-to-be 32 year old Devin Hester who offers little to nothing as a wide receiver? Why would they want another sub 5’10″ receiver on their roster in the form of McCluster?

          Call me crazy, but I’d rather have a younger, cheaper and likely more effective rookie or two coming to camp than the types of free agents the Steelers can afford.

          • Shawn Winbush

            Dom, this doesn’t take me away from the fact that I would love to see us draft a young stud like a Lee,Evans OR a TE like Ebron. and although I said we can afford them,doesn’t mean they would them,especially Hester and Ford. Now Alexander,because I watched what he did for San Diego in ’12..intrigues me. And he ate us up that year also..lol.He would come cheap.may be worth the injury risk. McCluster is multi-demesional.he’s not just a WR,he can fill multiple needs for us. WR/RB/KR/PR…knows Haley and his system.may be an ideal fit.

          • Dom DiTolla

            Yeah, you forgot to mention that Alexander ate up the likes of Curtis Brown and Josh Victorian, not Ike Taylor or Keenan Lewis, that afternoon and is still a huge injury risk. If McCluster is such a multi-dimensional weapon, why wouldn’t Kansas City want him back? Or why wouldn’t another team with more cap-space make a play for him on the open market?

          • Shawn Winbush

            Well Dom.we really don’t know if K C doesn’t want him back.they didn’t release him, he’s a FA.that’s like saying we don’t want Worilds back. And we don’t know if another team with cap room doesn’t covet him.FA period hasn’t started yet.I’m saying for the sake of argument,you can where a guy like McCluster could fit some of our needs.As far as Alexander is concerned,it wouldn’t hurt us to kick the tires on him and see if he’s recovered from injury.He could be a training camp invite,nothing to lose there. Alexander was showing promise with SD before injury.

  • Steven Vincent

    Anybody know where this is? I would like to go out and watch and maybe run some routes for Ben!

    • Craig

      Somewhere in Irvine. Hey if you get on that field bring me along will ya.

      • Steven Vincent

        Well it is most likely a college or high school field. Chances are you can just go sit in the stands. If they have the field rented out (probably) then you would need permission to go on the field. But the first step would be indentifying exactly where it is!