Are we all targeting the wrong Pittsburgh receiver?
"I want that. I want him to have that pressure," Roethlisberger told SiriusXM NFL Radio, "because ... when we're in two-wide receivers he's our No. 2 and we're asking him to play outside. When we go three wide receivers, we ask him to move inside. So he's playing multiple positions.
"I think he's doing an amazing job of it. He's such a good kid, hard worker and he wants to be great wherever he plays."
A talented player in his own right, Wheaton was expected to take a "significant step" forward last summer -- only to be bypassed by Bryant at midseason.
Roethlisberger's comments shouldn't be taken as gospel truth that Wheaton will outproduce Bryant, who offers greater big-play and red-zone potential. It's fair to infer that this is a case of a quarterback trying to light a fire under a pivotal player needed to emerge as a more reliable weapon.
What Roethlisberger does strongly suggest, though, is that Wheaton will play more snaps, entering the season as the starter in two-wide receiver sets.