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Martavis Bryant is a tall catch for Big Ben

By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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A tall wide receiver who finally showed up wearing a Steelers uniform carrying a reputable resume was not nearly tall enough in his first practice with them.

There isn't a receiver in the NFL who could have come down with some of those passes Friday which tryout quarterbacks were throwing 5 feet over the heads of their targets. Maybe it was just jitters of being in their first pro camp and still unsigned.

None of it seemed to make rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant nervous or even disappointed.

"It's a new start for me and I want to make a great impression," Bryant said.

A few people already made one on Bryant. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will be more accurate with his throws than those uncorking passes Friday, called Bryant 10 minutes after the Steelers drafted him a week ago in the fourth round.

"He just said he's happy for me to be here," Bryant said.

Roethlisberger at least is happy with someone he can virtually see eye-to-eye. The two hooked up with some routes Tuesday when Roethlisberger and other veterans worked out with the rookies at the team's training facility.

Roethlisberger long has asked for a tall receiver but he's not had one that broke into the top four at the position since Plaxico Burress left after the 2005 season. While his Indianapolis combine height of 6 feet 3½ puts Bryant 1½ inches shorter than Clemson advertised in 2013, he's plenty tall enough and fast enough at 4.41 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) to get the job done.

The rest is up to him, which will include work on catching the ball away from his chest, a habit noted in predraft analyses.

"I can catch, I'm not worried about what people say," said Bryant, who caught 42 for an average of 19.7 yards for Clemson in 2013 as a junior. "I'm working on catching it outside but as long as you catch it and don't drop it, people can't really talk about it."

Coach Mike Tomlin got on him in his first practice, not for dropping any footballs but for being winded.

"He's messing with me a lot ... how I've been getting tired and stuff like that."

Bryant said he liked how Tomlin kidded around with him. He soon will learn that also can be Tomlin's way of sending a message.

There is a job open for someone to start catching footballs in real games for the Steelers since they lost three of their top four wide receivers over the past 14 months, two since March. Antonio Brown is the only fixture of a group that also includes Markus Wheaton, who had six receptions as a rookie, and newcomer Lance Moore, who caught a bunch in New Orleans the past eight seasons. Moore will play in the slot, so it figures that either Wheaton or Bryant will become the split end, where Mike Wallace and then Emmanuel Sanders played.

"I'm just going to come in and work hard and whatever happens, happens," Bryant said. "I can't control that, it's in the coaches hands."

His position coach sounds as if he already has been won over.

"We had him here for a visit and we bonded then," said Richard Mann, an Aliquippa native who has seen his share of NFL receivers. "We didn't know we were going to get him. We didn't think we were going to get him, but we got him and I'm delighted."

The Steelers won their two most recent Super Bowls with no contributing wide receivers taller than 6 feet, but Mann, like Roethlisberger, thought they needed to get taller.

"We needed a guy different from what we have," Mann said.

"I have been kind of campaigning for a big receiver this whole process. We lost Jerricho Cotchery. Jerricho did the dirty work, as I call it, on the strong side, which is where most of the running game is done. We just don't have a guy with the stature and the makeup to be that guy.

"Hopefully what we expect is that this guy can pick up some of that slack and we will go to work and teach him what he needs to learn.

The Steelers thought Bryant was a second-round talent but with the draft so deep in receivers, he fell to them in the fourth. Bryant might have benefited from playing one more season at Clemson because he really played only one after backing up 2013 first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins.

But Bryant has two young daughters and a mother who he said took care of him his entire life.

"It's time for me to start taking care of her."

 
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Martavis Bryant's potential excites Steelers

By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay don’t always agree when evaluating draft-eligible players. But their thinking falls along the same lines when it comes to Steelers fourth-round draft pick Martavis Bryant.

Kiper listed the former Clemson wide receiver as one five offensive players drafted in the later rounds who could make an immediate impact in the NFL. McShay also said that Bryant has a chance to contribute early for the Steelers.

“He does a really nice job of getting off the line and he’s a vertical route runner,” McShay said. “You’ve got a big, strong-armed quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger and you want a guy that can stretch the field vertically. There’s some boom or bust there, but when you get him in the fourth round you’re not worried so much about the risk factor. If he focuses and does all the right things he could wind up being a real steal from this class.”

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Bryant gives the Steelers the tall wide receiver that the offense has lacked. His 40-yard dash time (4.42 seconds) at the NFL scouting combine as well as his career yards per catch (22.2) at Clemson validate his potential as a big-time deep threat.

And he started only one season at Clemson where first-round picks DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins overshadowed Bryant, meaning he is far from a finished product -- something that should excite the Steelers’ coaches as well as challenge them.

“He’s what I have been hunting,” Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said. “Probably had he played more [at Clemson], stayed for another year, he would have been a first-rounder for sure. I think all that he needs to learn we will teach it to him.”

Bryant slipped to the fourth round of the draft because of concerns about his maturity as well as his inconsistency as a pass-catcher. The Steelers hosted Bryant for a pre-draft visit and were comfortable enough after what they heard from him to think that he will be fine in the right environment.

As for the drops he had in college, Mann said that is something that can be easily corrected and can probably be traced to Bryant’s hand placement or his trying to run before securing a catch.

“He does a really good job of tracking the ball and catching it over the top,” Mann said. “A lot of times guys can’t do it and it’s very hard to teach.”

McShay agreed that Bryant’s ball skills are undeniable.

“He was inconsistent catching the ball but he also makes tough catches,” McShay said, “and he can adjust to the ball below his waist, over his head, behind his body.”

It is way too premature to get overly excited about Bryant, who takes part in the Steelers' three-day rookie minicamp that starts on Friday.

Fred Gibson, the last physically gifted wide receiver that the Steelers drafted in the fourth round (2005), didn’t even make it out of training camp. And for all of the buzz created by the second-round selection of Limas Sweed in 2008, the former Texas standout caught just seven career passes for the Steelers.

Chronic drops were one of the reasons why the Steelers released Sweed in 2011.

One thing that Mann won’t do is speculate on how big of a role Bryant will have in the Steelers’ offense as a rookie. But he also won’t rule out Bryant challenging for the starting job opposite Pro Bowler Antonio Brown.

“You have to come in and work because we have other guys in the room,” Mann said. “Potentially he will be a starter, you just never know. You play the best. That’s how you win.”

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Martavis Bryant could start for Steelers as a rookie

By Chris Wesseling

Around the League Writer

Ben Roethlisberger has seemingly been campaigning for the Pittsburgh Steelers to add a big, physical wide receiver ever since Plaxico Burress defected to the New York Giants nearly a decade ago.

Six years removed from draft bust Limas Sweed, the Steelers selected 6-foot-4 Clemson wideout Martavis Bryant with the No. 114 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Roethlisberger is said to be thrilled with his new weapon, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Don't let Bryant's draft slide fool you. The Steelers believe he could enter the starting lineup as soon as this season.

"We feel like we got a guy to put opposite of Antonio Brown," wide receivers coach Richard Mann said Saturday. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. He lasted. We were delighted we were able to get him. Felt like a second-, third-round guy."

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Steelers thought of drafting Bryant on the third round, in fact just passed out a bio of him saying they DID draft him on third round.

One NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn leading up to the draft that Clemson officials insisted Bryant plays faster than No. 4 overall pick and former teammate Sammy Watkins.

"He has a Randy Moss-type build," another scout said. "Doesn't run as fast as Randy but a notch below. There's some immaturity ... He does some idiotic stuff. But as far as natural ability he's up there."

Bryant has also drawn loose comparisons to the late Bengals size/speed phenom, Chris Henry.

Although the fourth-rounder will be in the mix for playing time as a rookie, he will have his hands full trying to beat out last summer's training camp sensation Markus Wheaton. Coach Mike Tomlin expects Wheaton to take a significant step this year after a pair of broken fingers turned the 2013 third-round pick's rookie season into a washout.

With Wheaton on the outside and former Drew Brees safety blanket Lance Moore in the slot, the Steelers can afford to ease Bryant in as a situational red-zone threat.

The "Around The League Podcast" wrapped up the draft by picking our winners and losers.

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Steelers selected Clemson WR Martavis Bryant with the No. 118 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

The Steelers get the big receiver they badly needed. Bryant (6-foot-4, 211) played the second-fiddle deep threat role to Sammy Watkins in Clemson's Tajh Boyd-led offense, posting a 42/828/7 stat line as a junior before turning pro. He averaged over 22 yards per catch in college and clocked a scintillating 4.42 forty at February's Combine. Bryant's athleticism is legit, with a 39-inch vertical and 1.53 ten-yard split. He's drawn Chris Henry comparisons for his body type and straight-line speed combination. Bryant is a long, lanky field stretcher, but there is little on tape that suggests he'll be an asset at the first and second levels. He's something of a one-trick pony.
May 10 - 1:08 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay sees "Justin Hunter qualities" in Clemson's Martavis Bryant and believes the Tigers' WR could be good value pick.

"[bryant] didn't have a particularly productive college career (just 61 career catches) and was never a good fit in Clemson's offensive system," McShay wrote. "But he would be a perfect fit for an NFL system like the Ravens, as a big-armed QB like Joe Flacco could maximize Bryant's potential as a vertical route runner. Bryant has elite size and speed." Bryant is an athletic freak who, at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, ran unofficial forty times of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds at the combine (and posted a 39-inch vertical and a 10-yard split of 1.53 seconds). He's also been compared to the late Chris Henry.
Mar 31 - 8:26 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl says Clemson WR Martavis Bryant "flashed big upside on tape."

Bryant is an athletic freak who, at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, ran unofficial forty times of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds at the combine (and posted a 39-inch vertical and a 10-yard split of 1.53 seconds). "He is a bit straight line and can have trouble dropping his weight and separating from underneath coverage. However, in Bryant’s defense, he was not a great fit within offensive coordinator Chad Morris' scheme at Clemson which relied heavily on quick hitting underneath throws," wrote Weidl. The analyst believes Bryant will be a nice value selection on Day 2. "Bryant has the talent to become a strong No. 2 with a few years of development," he wrote. Weidl sees some of the late Chris Henry in Bryant.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 8 - 2:13 PM

Clemson WR Martavis Bryant is a "high ceiling, low floor" talent, according to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

"Ton of drops early in the year, much better on later tape," Jeremiah said of his film session studying Bryant. The wideout is an athletic marvel -- at 6'5/200, he ran two unofficial forty times of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds at the combine, leaped to a 39-inch vertical, and logged two 10-yard splits of 1.53 seconds -- but his production vacillates wildly. Playing opposite Sammy Watkins in a WR-friendly system with a solid college QB (Tajh Boyd) should have produced bigger accolades for such a prodigious athletic specimen. Evaluators are torn, and they are right to be.
Mar 3 - 1:38 PM

One NFL scout believes Clemson WR Martavis Bryant is "a little bit of a knucklehead."

"He's got talent," the scout said. "He's had some drops... but he can make all the catches. He's a build-to-speed guy. Would I draft him in the first round? No. Does he have first-round talent? Pretty close." Another scout, who spoke to Packers' beat writer Bob McGinn, said Bryant could be a first-round flier if he blew up the Combine. Bryant did just that, posting a 44.42 second forty and a 39-inch vertical.
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Think big: A ranking of WRs who fit 49ers' physical style

Matt Barrows

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Martavis Bryant
Clemson
6-5, 200
Cosell really likes Bryant and likened him to Justin Hunter, a second-round pick out of Tennessee in 2013 who finished with 18 catches, 354 yards and four touchdowns for the Titans as a rookie. "He can run the vertical routes," Cosell said of Bryant "I don't know what his 40 time will be, but he is a long, fluid athlete, and those are the types of players who are fast on the field."


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Pittsburgh Steelers: Why Martavis Bryant was the team’s best draft pick

by Ryan Petrovich

Potentially a second round draft pick, Martavis Bryant, 6-foot-4 wide receiver out of Clemson, found himself falling down the draft boards all the way to the fourth round where a receiver-needing Pittsburgh Steelers’ team was more than happy to gobble him up.

Bryant was the Steelers best pick in this year’s draft.

Ben Roethlisberger’s been outspoken about having himself a tall receiver and he’s got that with 6-foot-4, Bryant. Not only does he have the height, but the speed as well. Having a big, tall, receiver like Bryant who can run well is something every team would crave.

The receiving corps is going to be interesting this season. Faces are changing and bigger roles are to be had.

Emmanuel Sanders is a Denver Bronco and Jerricho Cotchery is a Carolina Panther. Sanders never lived up to his full potential while in Pittsburgh and last season was a disappointment, but Cotchery exceeded expectations and blossomed above younger talent. The veteran’s play will surely be missed if new faces can’t make up for his absence.

Sanders’ replacement comes in the form of Markus Wheaton. The rookie of last season will now take on a bigger role and seems poised to to do. Cotchery’s void will be filled by Lance Moore, a veteran who came over from New Orelans. However, Wheaton’s never experienced a real starting role and Moore’s new to the team, there’s no guarantee these two will pay off.

The one constant is Antonio Brown, who should carry over his major success of last season and play the part of number one receiver just fine.

The Steelers need more help, with uncertainty in Wheaton and Moore, Bryant could be the help they need.

Of course there’s uncertainty in Bryant as well- he’s a rookie and has never played a down in the NFL. On paper though, he fits the scene just right in the Steel City.

The red zone was a an area the Steelers came up short last season. No real big guys to toss to and no real bruiser in the backfield. Bryant’s height can provide mismatches, similar to Plaxico Burress when he was with the team. Even if Bryant isn’t used regularly, he can be a threat in the red zone.

He’s fluent in his route running and has great sense of where to find the ball. He reeled in 42 catches for 828 yards and seven touchdowns last season at Clemson and that’s all while playing with Sammy Watkins. The Steelers didn’t reach to draft a receiver early-on and they should be applauded for landing Bryant in the fourth round.

Bryant isn’t going to be a superstar right off the bat. No, it’s clear he’s taken time to mature considering the off the field history he’s displayed at Clemson. A father of two before the age of 21 and academic issues prior to the Clemson’s Bowl game last season left Bryant watching his team win without him.

He’s changed. He’s matured but he hasn’t grown into an NFL player and that’s not going to happen over night. He, like many other of the Steelers’ draft picks, is a project. However, Bryant’s a real promising work in progress who may come to shine sooner than we think.

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Martavis Bryant could start for Steelers as a rookie

By Chris Wesseling

Around the League Writer

Ben Roethlisberger has seemingly been campaigning for the Pittsburgh Steelers to add a big, physical wide receiver ever since Plaxico Burress defected to the New York Giants nearly a decade ago.

Six years removed from draft bust Limas Sweed, the Steelers selected 6-foot-4 Clemson wideout Martavis Bryant with the No. 114 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Roethlisberger is said to be thrilled with his new weapon, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Don't let Bryant's draft slide fool you. The Steelers believe he could enter the starting lineup as soon as this season.

"We feel like we got a guy to put opposite of Antonio Brown," wide receivers coach Richard Mann said Saturday. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. He lasted. We were delighted we were able to get him. Felt like a second-, third-round guy."

Ed Bouchette @EdBouchette Follow

Steelers thought of drafting Bryant on the third round, in fact just passed out a bio of him saying they DID draft him on third round.

One NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn leading up to the draft that Clemson officials insisted Bryant plays faster than No. 4 overall pick and former teammate Sammy Watkins.

"He has a Randy Moss-type build," another scout said. "Doesn't run as fast as Randy but a notch below. There's some immaturity ... He does some idiotic stuff. But as far as natural ability he's up there."

Bryant has also drawn loose comparisons to the late Bengals size/speed phenom, Chris Henry.

Although the fourth-rounder will be in the mix for playing time as a rookie, he will have his hands full trying to beat out last summer's training camp sensation Markus Wheaton. Coach Mike Tomlin expects Wheaton to take a significant step this year after a pair of broken fingers turned the 2013 third-round pick's rookie season into a washout.

With Wheaton on the outside and former Drew Brees safety blanket Lance Moore in the slot, the Steelers can afford to ease Bryant in as a situational red-zone threat.

The "Around The League Podcast" wrapped up the draft by picking our winners and losers.

These guys must have read my analysis on the FBG & footballsfuture message boards.

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Really though, he goes a little too high in rookie drafts for my taste. I think he's a bit of longshot. Reminiscent of past Steelers busts Fred Gibson and Limas Sweed. For a guy with his size/speed to fall that far tells you something about how the league views him. Obviously they aren't sold.

Having said that, this is a good fit for his skill set. The Steelers have been successful with deep threats at WR in recent years. Ben can get the most out of this type of receiver. Wallace and Plaxico had good success there. Not sure Bryant is that good, but the opportunity is there. I can understand the gamble in the 25-30 range of rookie drafts because there aren't a lot of sure things out there at that point. Any higher than that and he feels like a reach to me.

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came here to type the same thing - they talk about him having a chance to start. There are reasons he fell to the 4th - a guy that can run that fast - a guy that size? I have read where at least one scout that said he had troubling worth ethic and an inconsistent motor.

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He had one decent year at Clemson, opposite of Watkins and with Boyd as his QB. At his size and speed he should have produced at least as much as he did.

That said, Lance Moore is weak and old, he is not in the mold of Cotchery, and by mid season, Bryant should at least beat Moore out and be the WR3.

40 catches for 500 yards and 5 TDs I expect this year, the steelers offense is ready to roll.

Ben, Bell, Blount, Brown, Wheaton, Bryant, Miller....plenty of weapons.

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I borrowed this from a post made by BigSteelThrill in another thread:

Rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant was among the players fielding punts on Wednesday and the fourth-round pick said he would like an opportunity to help the Steelers in that phase of the game. Bryant, who has excellent speed, returned kickoffs at Clemson but not punts. He said he returned punts in high school. "I'd like to do it," Bryant said. "It's challenging and fun." Challenging is one word that can be used to describe the brief time that Bryant has spent with the Steelers so far. "I get down on myself sometimes because it's different," Bryant said, "but once I learn everything I'll be fine."

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Please refer to as Super Mart

Are you his agent? Seriously, until he show up big in the NFL I will call him Mini-Mart.

I play in a $4,000 entry, Super-WCOFF, triple-reverse, double down, mirror league with a modified PPFDR base 8 scoring system, and we just held our draft in July. For the 2013 season. You think Matt Barkley getting the start in USC is news? I drafted him after studying up on him, after he signed his letter of intent, last year. You think that maybe going with a WR in the first two rounds instead of back-to-back RBs is somehow new thinking in fantasy? Well, do you have the balls to do what I did this year when I didn't take my first RB until the fourth round (Roderick Smith, Harding High School of Indiana)? You've probably never even heard of Martavis Bryant, Kyle Prater, or Darius White, yet not only did I draft them this year to form my future WR core, I've also started referring to them by fantasy board nicknames (Super Mart, KPrater, & DoubleDarius). Hell, guys like you are going to be the poor schmucks who are searching this board five years from now for info on some great RB you just heard of out of the middle of nowhere in Alaska, and the FBG search result box is going to come up with this very post, where I brag about nabbing Isaiah Weeks of the Monroe Catholic Rams at the 25.32/26.01 turn a full two months before he lit up Delta Junction for 193 yards/2 TDs or Ketchikan for 183 rushing yards, 55 rec yards, & 2 TDs. You'll be wondering about his durability and I'll remember a phone call I made back when you were just hearing the name "Knowshon Moreno" for the first time to the kid's doctor in Fairbanks about the sprain he suffered in his left ankle in 2008.

Let me give you a tip, IT = INFO, and there's no "expires by" date on it.

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PHILO

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Martavis Bryant - WR - Steelers

Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said the team "can utilize (Martavis Bryant's) talents in the red zone."

The departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery left a 16-touchdown void in the Steelers' wide receiver corps that is unlikely to be filled by the additions of Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. In a group populated by smurfs, the 6-foot-4 Bryant stands out as the only real red zone threat, and that size advantage should allow him to contribute in real football early in his career. He is still a long shot to make any fantasy noise this season.

Source: Steelers.com

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Steelers Camp Report: Day 11

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/8044/steelers-camp-report-day-11

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Martavis Bryant continues to look like another rookie who will make an immediate impact for the Steelers. Bryant added another strong practice to his body of work on Thursday, catching a pair of touchdown passes, including a 24-yarder from Brendon Kay during a two-minute drill. The rangy and speedy Bryant also caught a perfectly thrown deep ball from Bruce Gradkowski during a sequence in which he made three consecutive receptions. Gradkowski had extra time to throw because linebacker Terence Garvin, who had a bead on the veteran quarterback, pulled up because there was no hitting. Gradkowski still led Bryant perfectly and the fourth-round pick beat cornerback Antwon Blake for the score.

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not a good night.... as a clemson fan I wish he would have stayed....more for his own development. Its the commitment to do the hard work and between the ears that were his issues....never a question about the talent.

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not a good night.... as a clemson fan I wish he would have stayed....more for his own development. Its the commitment to do the hard work and between the ears that were his issues....never a question about the talent.

Why wasn't it a good night? Didn't see the game.

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not a good night.... as a clemson fan I wish he would have stayed....more for his own development. Its the commitment to do the hard work and between the ears that were his issues....never a question about the talent.

Why wasn't it a good night? Didn't see the game.

Bobbled two punts and fumbled the ball away in the 2 minute offense, effectively ending the game on his only catch. On the plus side, he did draw two PI penalties, including one long one. Overall, not a good night. I don't expect him to have much impact this season save for possible inclusion in some red zone packages.

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not a good night.... as a clemson fan I wish he would have stayed....more for his own development. Its the commitment to do the hard work and between the ears that were his issues....never a question about the talent.

Hopefully he can learn from Antonio who has a great work ethic and develop more and more, but I don't expect much of an impact this year either. I love his athleticism and his potential if he can put it all together but it's going to take a while.

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not a good night.... as a clemson fan I wish he would have stayed....more for his own development. Its the commitment to do the hard work and between the ears that were his issues....never a question about the talent.

Why wasn't it a good night? Didn't see the game.

Bobbled two punts and fumbled the ball away in the 2 minute offense, effectively ending the game on his only catch. On the plus side, he did draw two PI penalties, including one long one. Overall, not a good night. I don't expect him to have much impact this season save for possible inclusion in some red zone packages.

Those PI's were drawn against Jayron Hosley who now has 6 PI's this preseason

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Very, very raw. Mostly didn't like the drops but he did make a nice catch on the one he then fumbled. Certainly looks the part but I expect Stephen Hill type disappointment.

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"What we've got to do is get him honed in, teach him how to do things. He's doing pretty good as far as learning it and having recall. He's just not doing it quite right all of the time," Mann said. "If we just keep on coaching him and spoon feeding him until we can get him to learn it, he does have the talent to be able to help us."

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Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason game.

He added a ten-yard punt return. Running with the twos and threes, Bryant has been inefficient this August, managing five catches for 65 yards on 12 targets through three exhibition games. Clearly behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and Justin Brown on the depth chart, fourth-round pick Bryant figures to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch.

Aug 21 - 10:57 PM

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Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 3.

Bryant also practiced in full for Week 2, but was scratched against the Ravens. With Lance Moore (groin) returning for Week 3, Bryant could again find himself inactive.

Sep 18 - 5:28 PM

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Martavis Bryant - WR - Steelers

Martavis Bryant (illness) is probable for Week 5 against Jacksonville.

The No. 118 pick, Bryant has yet to be active. He's had trouble staying healthy this season and is behind Justin Brown on the depth chart. Lance Moore has played just 15 snaps the last two games.

Oct 4 - 6:33 PM

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ESPN's Lisa Salters reports Steelers fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.

ESPN appears to be struggling for storylines heading into Monday's game, so it highlighted Bryant debuting. The Steelers have understandably soured on Justin Brown, and will move forward with Lance Moore in three-receiver sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has been another disappointment. It's possible 6-foot-4 Bryant could steal some of his snaps.
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Think big: A ranking of WRs who fit 49ers' physical style

Matt Barrows

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Martavis Bryant

Clemson

6-5, 200

Cosell really likes Bryant and likened him to Justin Hunter, a second-round pick out of Tennessee in 2013 who finished with 18 catches, 354 yards and four touchdowns for the Titans as a rookie. "He can run the vertical routes," Cosell said of Bryant "I don't know what his 40 time will be, but he is a long, fluid athlete, and those are the types of players who are fast on the field."

The way Hunter is playing right now I think it was a great comparison.

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Rotoworld:

ESPN's Lisa Salters reports Steelers fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.

ESPN appears to be struggling for storylines heading into Monday's game, so it highlighted Bryant debuting. The Steelers have understandably soured on Justin Brown, and will move forward with Lance Moore in three-receiver sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has been another disappointment. It's possible 6-foot-4 Bryant could steal some of his snaps.
Oct 20 - 3:47 PM

They should sour on Moore too. That guy was a pass dropping machine last week.

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Martavis Bryant caught a 35-yard touchdown in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans on Monday night.

Making his NFL debut, the fourth-round pick out of Clemson drew five targets -- good for third on the team behind Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell -- and roasted CB Andre Hal on an in-and-out double-move up the right side for the touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger tried to hit Bryant deep a couple other times with no success. Still, Bryant played a healthy amount of snaps and could be making a move on Markus Wheaton for No. 2 duties. Bryant is 6'4/211.
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I see his length and speed as a poor man's A.J. Green. That's pretty darn good.

Hmmm. Way to early to say that IMO. Unless you want to say a really poor man's Green.

So far he's accomplished less in 7 games than Stephen Hill did.

He just started getting reps? To early to say for sure, but he looks like the threat opposite AB they have been looking for.

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I see his length and speed as a poor man's A.J. Green. That's pretty darn good.

Hmmm. Way to early to say that IMO. Unless you want to say a really poor man's Green.

So far he's accomplished less in 7 games than Stephen Hill did.

He just started getting reps? To early to say for sure, but he looks like the threat opposite AB they have been looking for.

Because of one catch?

Stephen Hill was active. What's your point? Because being inactive is not a good one.

All I'm saying is let's see what he becomes. The coin could land heads or tails IMO. 50/50

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I see his length and speed as a poor man's A.J. Green. That's pretty darn good.

Hmmm. Way to early to say that IMO. Unless you want to say a really poor man's Green.

So far he's accomplished less in 7 games than Stephen Hill did.

Ummm, I "see him as that" in my scouting him for dynasty. Not proclaiming he has become that due to one catch.

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He's looking pretty good today 5 of 7 for 81 yards and 2 TDs.

Guys are holding him like his name is that other WR at Clemson. I poked my head in a couple other teams to see if he was available after last week and they want a mid 1st for him. Seems crazy to me for who was probably a 3rd round rookie pick (although showed promise last week). Now I'm sure he will be almost untouchable for a reasonable offer.

After last week I would have thought I could grab him for a future 2nd, but I guess not. Now who knows what I would have to pay.

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