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Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates are Steelers WRs with most to gain

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Bryant suspension depletes a depleted Steelers team

The NFL Live crew discuss what Martavis Bryant's suspension means for the team moving forward, as well as QB Ben Roethlisberger's production on the field.

Luckily for the Steelers, they have enough playmaking depth at receiver to make things interesting while Martavis Bryant is out for four games. DeAngelo Williams is a primary target at running back while Le'Veon Bell serves a two-game suspension. Here's a look at what to expect Saturday against Buffalo from the receiver targets not named Antonio Brown.

Darrius Heyward-Bey is not on this list because the Steelers know what to expect with him -- he's a reliable veteran who still has good speed. A dynamic special-teams player, Heyward-Bey is a lock to make the team.

Markus Wheaton:The Steelers have praised Wheaton's work ethic and crisp route-running for weeks. Though the Steelers do like him, I believe they knew about the looming Bryant suspension and prepared Wheaton for No. 2 status as a result. During camp, Wheaton was always the second man up in wide receiver practice drills. He's responding well so far, breaking free for three catches and a score last week against Green Bay. He can play inside or out. How will he respond without the threat of Brown and Bryant on the field with him?

Sammie Coates: Let's see what type of second gear Coates has. What an opportunity for him. He can run a go route. We knew that. I need to see him fight for the ball more on slants or balls to the corner of the end zone, assert himself a little bit more. The urgency isn't always there with him. Once he fixes that, his potential can shine through.

Dri Archer: Still don't know what his identity is. Is he a tailback? A slot receiver? A do-everything weapon? Where Archer can really make his money is on kick returns. He has Ducati-inspired wheels. But if Wheaton plays on the outside some, Archer can get some reps inside, where he can do damage with his shifty athleitcism. The 5-foot-8 Archer has a penchant for creeping to the sideline instead of fighting through contact. Time to fight through that.

C.J. Goodwin/Shakim Phillips/Tyler Murphy: This trio of fringe roster guys shows glimpses of potential, but can't put it all together yet. Phillips is especially intriguing, making a ridiculous one-handed catch in Week 1 of the preseason, followed by two costly drops in Week 2, then a physical over-top touchdown in Week 3. Not sure what to expect from Phillips week to week. He has loads of athleticism, though, as does Goodwin, who's in the same up-and-down class. For such a raw receiver, Murphy, a quarterback by trade, is flashing big time. But will time run out on him while he's trying to learn the position? He's clearly not a quarterback at this stage. Perhaps the Steelers can stash and develop him on the practice squad.