Ben Roethlisberger says Martavis Bryant 'looks like a stud,' expects a full season
After being suspended for all of last season, Bryant is getting back up to speed quickly
Take it with the standard grain of salt that comes with any NFL news item in the middle of June, but the Steelers are sounding optimistic about Martavis Bryant in the early going of 2017. Specifically, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger thinks that Bryant looks like his previously outstanding self, calling the wideout, , a "stud."
"Good — learning some of the stuff we put in last year he didn't know about, remembering things that we had in before," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when asked how Bryant was fitting in with the team. "He looks like a stud, as usual, so we're excited for him to be on the field this year and help us out."
Losing Bryant was a huge blow to the Steelers in 2016 -- Antonio Brown was excellent as usual, but when things got serious against the Patriots in the playoffs, Pittsburgh had to lean on Sammie Coates and Cobi Hamilton. The results were ... not great. The Steelers addressed concerns this offseason, (obviously ) and drafting JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round.
But that doesn't mean the Steelers are set. After all,; , Bryant must find a treating clinician that the league approves and, of course, he's got to stay out of trouble. The Steelers are expecting all of that to happen, with Roethlisberger making it clear the team plans to see him all year.
"Well, I think it's just proving to us he can be out there all season," Roethlisberger said. "We need him all year, so I think that'll be big for us."
This offseason featured the semblance of some trouble for the Steelers. he eventually came back), there were rumblings about Brown's status ( ) and Le'Veon Bell became a free agent (he's ).(no one believed him and
It's possible the Steelers have the best receiving corps since Big Ben arrived, but he'd like everyone to pump the brakes on that for right now. "Well, we've got a ways to go for that," Roethlisberger said. "I know when you have Antonio Brown, you've got one of the best receivers you'll ever play with, so anything you add to that is a good thing."
If Brown, Bryant and Bell are healthy and on the field, there's no question the Steelers have one of the best receiving trios in the league. That's not even mentioning Eli Rogers (better than people think and a nice fit with those guys) and Smith-Schuster. The Steelers should be loaded if nothing breaks wrong on offense this offseason. That includes Bryant remaining eligible.
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