Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been in the news a lot lately, and the Steelers are now saying they want to get him more involved in their offensive game plan.
“I’m told some Steelers have talked to Martavis Bryant this week [with an] encouraging tone, saying he’s important to the game plan,” wrote ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Too early for frustration.”
Bryant had all of 2 catches for 27 yards in the win over the Chiefs. That brings his yearly total up to 17 catches and 231 yards, with 1 touchdown.
It’s not exactly what anyone expected. In 2014, he had 549 yards and 8 touchdowns. In 2015, he had 765 yards and 6 more touchdowns. He was then suspended for all of 2016. He’s back now, and the general thought was that he would explode on the stat sheets. He gets to play with a Pro Bowl quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger and a top-tier running back in Le’Veon Bell, and teams are going to focus more on superstar wideout Antonio Brown. All of that should open the field up for Bryant.
That hasn’t happened, and there has been recent talk that he wants a trade. He strongly refuted that report and his teammates made jokes about it.
So, while he isn’t leaving, the whole fiasco may have opened some eyes. They really aren’t using him as much as expected, and having two highly-productive wideouts would give the offense some teeth. It will be interesting to see if his role increases on Sunday when they play the Cincinnati Bengals.