“We are looking for him to come in and make a push against
A fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Bryant was inactive the first six games before catching six touchdowns in the first four games he played. He finished with 26 catches for 549 yards and eight scores, adding five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to Baltimore.
“When young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing,” Haley said. “He took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two.”
Wheaton caught 53 passes for 644 yards and two scores while playing every game.
Inactive for the first six games,
Bryant told the team's website he'll work out in Los Angeles for the early part of the offseason, then spend a month training with teammate Antonio Brown in Florida.
“I want to be consistent,” Bryant said. “I want to put a great year together next year. They will be keying on me next year. They know what I am able to do. I have to take the offseason and work on my craft to get better with some of the things that will give me an advantage next year.
“The sky is the limit as long as I continue to work. I am not going to set a bar for myself.”
Bryant caught a fade on the goal line from six yards out after Pittsburgh was called for a false start on the 1-yard line.
It was Bryant's first game over 50 yards receiving since Dec. 7 when he had 109 yards against the Bengals.
Bryant was targeted on a screen pass in the second quarter and split his blockers en route to an easy score on his only catch of the night. He wraps up his rookie season with 26 receptions, 549 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryant will match up with the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.
Bryant's only catch came in the first quarter when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger faked the run and threw a fade to the receiver on the right side.
This is Bryant's second consecutive week under 50 yards receiving.
Bryant will look to bounce back in Week 17 against the Bengals. He had four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in their last game.
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