Instead, Wheaton has failed to adjust to the slot, catching just 14 passes -- three fewer than journeyman No. 4 receiver Darrius Hewyard-Bey.
"The middle of the field is a chemistry thing," Wheaton explained this week, via ESPN.com. "When Ben came back, he and Heath [Miller] had been doing it for years so their chemistry hadn't gone anywhere. It's just about building it back ... I was getting three, four, five catches a game [last year] and the chemistry was there. It's easier when Ben's there all 16 games and I'm there all 16 games."
Between Roethlisberger's injuries and an offense loaded with passing-game weapons, it's no surprise that Wheaton's opportunities have decreased. The head-scratcher is that he simply hasn't made plays when the quarterbacks do call his number.