Martavis Bryant: Ben Roethlisberger hints at big year for Pittsburgh Steelers deep threat – Pittsburgh Steelers News

Martavis Bryant: Ben Roethlisberger hints at big year for Pittsburgh Steelers deep threat – Pittsburgh Steelers News

June 19 (UPI) — He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015, but Ben Roethlisberger says Martavis Bryant is still a “stud.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback recently had an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette where he talked about the oft-suspended wide receiver.

“Good — learning some of the stuff we put in last year he didn’t know about, remembering things that we had in before,” Roethlisberger said. “He looks like a stud, as usual, so we’re excited for him to be on the field this year and help us out.”

Bryant has started eight games out of a possible 48 to start his career. He played in 10 games in 2014 and 11 games in 2015, but couldn’t stay on the field after multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. When he was on the field, Bryant was a deep threat option for the Steelers. He had 549 yards and eight touchdowns on 26 receptions during his rookie campaign. Bryant had 765 yards and six scores on 50 receptions during his sophomore season. He has averaged 17.3 yards per catch.

Despite losing Markus Wheaton in free agency, the Steelers have anything but a bare cupboard when it comes to pass catchers.

The franchise drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Its depth chart also includes Eli Rogers, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Justin Hunter, Cobi Hamilton and others to compliment all-world talent Antonio Brown.

But Bryant could be the biggest benefactor of Brown’s defensive-drawing tendencies. He comes in this season 10 pounds heavier. Bryant said last month that he spent the offseason bulking up to 225 pounds.

Roethlisberger’s backing is important for Bryant…

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