PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton joined “The Fan Morning Show” on Thursday to talk about preparing for the start of the NFL season.

The Steelers are set to face the Browns in their season-opener Sunday afternoon.

Wheaton says he has grown “a ton” from last season to this season, in large part due to working on various parts of his game with some of the Steelers’ vets this offseason.

“I got to do all those things with a lot of good guys, a lot of guys that were productive in this league,” Wheaton said. “Being able to sit down with those guys, see how they prepare, see how they practice, see how they carry themselves off the field – I feel like I’m ready to do the same.”

When asked what he’s learned most from number one wideout Antonio Brown, Wheaton didn’t hesitate.

“It’s pretty simple: hard work pays off,” Wheaton said. “The kid works so hard. I think all our young receivers are starting to resemble him, starting to do exactly what he does, and that’s work hard. You know, staying in, doing the extra, watching that extra film after practice, doing the extra to take care of your body.”

Wheaton is confident in the Steelers’ no-huddle after seeing what it could do when it was rolled out last season.

“I feel extremely good, especially coming off of last year,” Wheaton said. “You see how it took off last year. Going into this year, we want to start right where we left off. If we can do that, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a great weapon for us.”

He told the guys that he’s been working hard to build a strong rapport with Ben Roethlisberger.

“We’ve been working since the season ended last year,” Wheaton said. “We went out to California and did some things together, been working here in the offseason, obviously throughout camp. I think it takes a while. Obviously, we’re not exactly where we want to be. We still want to grow. But as you can see, we do have a little rapport that we can build on.”

The interview can be heard here:

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