Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has lobbied for a huge, impact receiver for a few years now. Another Plaxico Burress, in the event that you will. While the Steelers experienced their great amount of very good receivers like Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, and Emmanuel Sanders — who’ve since departed — Big Ben once more asked the Steelers brass to have him a huge 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 little overly enthusiastic listening to the media, which caused him to apparently not like the draft at first.
I got caught up in doing what I 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 items they want, and they got two guys (Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant) which they felt might help this team.”
The fact that the team’s quarterback admits to initially being miffed about your choice to utilize 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 now being taken well out of context.
The only real 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 likely play the slot.