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New WR addition Markus Wheaton can aid Bears' receiving corps

By Connor Price
May 15, 2017
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aPITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 09: Markus Wheaton #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is pushed out of bounds by Marcus Williams #20 of the New York Jets in the second half during the game on October 9, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Markus Wheaton showed flashes of excellence during his four-year tenure as a Steeler. There proved to be no room for him in the talented Pittsburgh receiving corps, however, as they team let him walk. PFF shows how he could fare in Chicago.

  • Wheaton graded above-average in the two years he was given a fair number of targets; he was targeted 88 times in 2014 and 89 in 2015.
  • The former Steeler ranked in the top half of the league in YPRR (yards per route run) just once in his career (2015 season).
  • The Bears had no wide receivers grade above 75.0 last season. Wheaton will compete with Cameron Meredith and returning Kevin White for snaps this season.

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