Wheaton's big day is no surprise


Markus Wheaton stood on the sidelines this past Sunday in Seattle talking with Martavis Bryant, and told his fellow receiver he never had a 100-yard game.

At that point he was inching closer, sitting right around 97 yards, and Bryant assured him he would reach the milestone.

"I told him he was going to get it," said Bryant. "He was playing ball and having fun doing it. He played a great game for us. I am proud of him. God truly blessed him. He did a great job."

Wheaton got his 100 yards, and then some. He finished the game with nine receptions for 201 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown.

"It was his day," said fullback Roosevelt Nix. "He had a lot of great plays. If somebody catches fire you have to sit back and watch. It's fun to watch, especially when it's one of your good buddies. You love to see the happiness and emotion flying around."

Wheaton's 201 yards were the most ever by an opposing receiver at CenturyLink Field since it opened in 2002, not bad for a player who had only 273 yards through the first 10 games of the 2015 season.

"We know what Markus is capable of," said tackle Marcus Gilbert. "When we needed him to rise on the big stage and make the plays he did. You have to applaud a guy like that. He is kind of overlooked because of the receivers we have. He is equally as talented as Martavis and Antonio (Brown).

"Markus brings a lot to the table. What he does for us in the running game, he doesn't get noticed for it but he does it all. He is selfless and patient and when his number is called he is going to make plays."

Wheaton has only 25 receptions, compared to Brown's 85 receptions this season, and Bryant's 27 catches despite playing in only six games. But you won't hear him complain, you won't see him get frustrated. Instead he just goes about his business day after day with team always first.

"He is a strong dude," said Bryant. "He never got down about not getting the ball. He waited for his opportunity and when he did he took full advantage of it."

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