Aug 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (11) warms-up before the game against the New York Giants at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers news: Markus Wheaton, Martavis Bryant to compete for starting ‘X’ wide receiver job


The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best wide receivers in football in Antonio Brown, but they will be turning to an unproven option opposite Brown this season. During OTAs and training camp, second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton and rookie Martavis Bryant will be competing for the team’s start “X” wide receiver spot while Brown holds down the “Z” position.

It will be interesting to see who wins the job and it will all come down to who can show the better route tree and ability to fully grasp the offense.

Bryant was the more diverse receiver coming out of college and he has the size that you look for in an “X” receiver, so he could be the favorite to win the job. With Bryant and Brown on the outside, the Steelers could then utilize Wheaton’s speed by allowing him to create mismatches in the slot and stretch the field.

The team will also have rookie Dri Archer as an offensive weapon, so 2014 could be a breakout year for the Pittsburgh Steelers as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks to prove he still has plenty left in the tank.

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