Bryant had a team high nine catches for 154 yards, and ran twice for 40 yards in the Steelers' loss to the Broncos on Sunday. With Antonio Brown (concussion) inactive, Pittsburgh leaned heavily on Bryant, who was targeted 15 times and totaled 194 yards from scrimmage. Bryant finished the regular season a distant second to Brown in terms of targets, yards and touchdowns, but still managed to haul in 50 of 92 targets for 765 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 37 yards on five carries. Bryant has now scored 16 touchdowns and caught 95 passes for 1,558 yards in 24 career games (regular and post season), but that means he has also missed 11 games over the past two years. If he can manage to play a full season in 2016, Bryant should easily exceed his production this season, making him a solid fantasy option in all formats.
Bryant caught 5-of-6 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown Saturday in the Steelers' win over the Bengals. Bryant also added 44 yards rushing on a spectacular end around, but his greatest highlight came on a 10-yard touchdown catch, pinning the ball on his leg then flipping over on his back as he fell out of the end zone while maintaining possession. Bryant could have an even bigger role in the Pittsburgh game plan against Denver in Week 19 with the status of Antonio Brown (concussion) uncertain.
Bryant (neck) is active for Saturday's Wild Card contest in Cincinnati, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Bryant ended a breakout campaign on a down note with two catches for six yards over the final two games, but a strained neck sidelined him for the second half of the season finale. During the Steelers' pair of division showdowns with the Bengals, he notched exactly 49 yards on both occasions, while hauling in 11 of 18 targets. However, getting called out by head coach Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger early in the week may have lit a fire under the sophomore wide receiver.
Bryant (neck) is listed as probable for Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals. Bryant has been a full participant through practice this week and is expected to suit up in Saturday's postseason contest. After catching just two passes for six yards over the Steelers' final two regular season outings, Bryant will need to elevate his game for the Steelers' offense to fully function.
Bryant (neck) practiced fully Wednesday. After QB Ben Roethlisberger suggested publicly Tuesday that Bryant needs to "toughen up," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler relays that the wideout indicated Wednesday that the QB's comments "woke (him) up." Given that he's practicing fully, Bryant is on track to play Saturday night against the Bengals and he's a prime bounce-back candidate this weekend, on the heels of back-to-back one-catch efforts.
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