Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has lobbied for a big, impact receiver for a few years now. Another Plaxico Burress, if you will. While the Steelers have had their fair share of pretty good receivers like Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, and Emmanuel Sanders — who have since departed — Big Ben once again asked the Steelers brass to get him a big target in the 2014 draft.
When the Steelers didn’t use one of their first three selections in the 2014 draft on a receiver, Roethlisberger admits he got a bit carried away listening to the media, which caused him to apparently not like the draft at first.
I got caught up in doing what I always say not to do, and that’s listen to the media,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “[The Steelers] obviously have their agenda, the things they want, and they got two guys (Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant) that they felt can help this team.”
The fact that the team’s quarterback admits to initially being miffed about the decision to use the 15th overall pick not on receivers like Brandin Cooks or Kelvin Benjamin but on linebacker Ryan Shazier doesn’t show much faith in Bryant or 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton.
However, the fact that Roethlisberger called Bryant, the 6 foot 4 receiver out of Clemson drafted in the 4th round, ten minutes after he was drafted tells me his comments are being taken well out of context.
The only actual concern is whether or not second-year man Markus Wheaton or Bryant can step in and be a solid #2 behind Antonio Brown, as offseason acquisition Lance Moore will most likely play the slot.