Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin fielded questions from reporters about why they hadn’t previously used Martavis Bryant as a kick returner after some limited success earlier this season, but Tomlin couldn’t help but take a dig at the receiver when things finally broke down.
Bryant struggled mightily in kick return duty against the Baltimore Ravens, mishandling kicks and then nearly taking a safety after hesitating to make a decision on the goal line. And that prompted Tomlin to make a joke at his expense on Tuesday.
“You guys wondered why you hadn’t seen him before in recent weeks,” Tomlin laughed according to Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com. “Now you know.”
Using Bryant’s athletic abilities to enhance their return game has been something the Steelers have discussed since he entered the league, but Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith cautioned that playing the position would require increased practice time to focus on the nuances and focus was obviously an issue in the past for Bryant.
However, with Bryant back from a year-long suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and JuJu Smith-Schuster injured several weeks back, they turned to Bryant.
Since, the results have been mixed, but if Bryant is the butt of too many more jokes, you can expect the Steelers to look elsewhere down the stretch.