Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is definitely still a part of the team’s plans as they make their push for the top seed in the AFC.
Bryant caught 4 passes for 40 yards during the Steelers win against the Packers but also played a position that he never has before in the NFL, kick returner. He returned two kicks against the Packers for 58 yards, and he’s going to get more work in at that position against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.
“He wants the ball in his hands and I told him we could get the ball in his hands a number of times in a ball game,” Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith said, via Penn Live’s Jacob Klinger. “And we’ll see where it goes.”
Bryant was used sparingly as a kick returner in college at Clemson. He returned 14 kicks, 10 of them coming during his sophomore season, and averaged nearly 21 yards per return.
It is not a secret that Bryant would like the ball in his hands as much as possible. Those desires led to reports of a trade demand earlier this season.
He is still with the Steelers and has vowed to “stay quiet” for the rest of the season. If he makes some big returns, and continues to produce at wide receiver, he will get his chance somewhere next season to get the targets that he wants.