“Not at all,” laughed Wheaton.
“He’s been impressive, he’s been impressive,” said receiver
“He’s learning and growing fast. And we need him to,” said Roethlisberger. “That’s what is great, he doesn’t make the same mistake twice. He is busting his butt every day in practice.
Last year wasn’t what Wheaton had hoped from his rookie season, hampered by finger injuries that required surgery. While he played in 12 games, he finished with just six receptions for 64 yards and no touchdowns. But the potential was there, and after a strong offseason was slated as a starter during training camp.
“As of now I am in the position, so it’s my spot to lose,” said Wheaton. “I want to improve on everything so I want to make sure I am capable of holding down the position, that they have full confidence in me when we get out on the field. I still have a week or so to do that.
“I think I have a long ways to go, especially after watching the film I think I have a long ways to go. I made a good play in the game; Ben made it easy for me. I feel like I need to improve on everything. I want to be a good all-around player. I want to improve on everything out there.”
Wheaton should get a little more time to show what he can do this Thursday when the Steelers travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Normally in the third preseason game the starters play at least a half, so that gives him plenty of opportunities to earn the confidence from others he is seeking.
“It’s huge,” said Wheaton. “Every week is huge. I want to build their confidence in me, whether it’s with Ben, the coaching staff; every time I touch the field in practice or game I want them to have confidence in me. Whether it’s improving on my study habits, my route-running, catching the ball, I want to continue to grow and hopefully it shows this game.”