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Steelers sign fourth-rounder Martavis Bryant

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As we grind closer and closer to the completion of draft pick signings, the Steelers got another one under contract.

The team announced that fourth-rounder Martavis Bryant had signed his four-year deal.

The wide receiver from Clemson was taken 118th overall, and has earned favorable reviews so far, with some indication he could even start this year.

The 6-foot-4, 211-pound Bryant gives the Steelers a good complement to some of the speed they can put on the other side, and that will be welcome news to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers now have seven of their nine picks under contract.

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26 Responses to “Steelers sign fourth-rounder Martavis Bryant”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 9, 2014 5:06 PM

    Forget what I said a few weeks ago.

    – Alshon Jeffery

  2. qdog112 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:06 PM

    This is my guy. I think he is a future pro bowler in short order. As a Panthers fan, I like him more than Benjamin.

    This young man can fly @6’4″. If you watched any Clemson games, you know he is gifted. Ben will love him with the smurfs he has now.

  3. calhounlambeau says: Jun 9, 2014 5:10 PM

    He had some question marks off the field but the Steelers got great value there. He has everything you look for on the field.

  4. stillers213 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:17 PM

    It was good to see the Steelers bring in a good mix of height and speed to compete for the WR spots via free agency and the draft. A team can never predict how successful each one will be, but at least they put themselves in a favorable position this off season. One or more of these fast or tall guys is bound to stick.

  5. nickster31 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:22 PM

    Lets see if AB can do for this kid what Hines did for him.

    AB – This is your chance to become a Steelers great. It isnt just the numbers. You have to be the teacher now. IF this kid can learn tbe work ethic from Brown, we could have an amazing WR corp!

  6. pittspuke7 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:25 PM

    Did they sign Bill Leavy and his crew yet.
    Since being tebowed out of the playoffs years ago the steelers have no playoff appearances or winning records

  7. bengalguy says: Jun 9, 2014 5:40 PM

    Can he pla……..ah forget it.

  8. Smash-Mouth.com says: Jun 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    The sky is the limit for Bryant with the size and physical skills he possesses. It’s just a matter of whether he wants to fully commit himself to doing what he has to do to develop in to a great player.

    AB is about as good a role model as you could hope for. Hopefully, some of the work ethic rubs off there.

  9. bengalguy says: Jun 9, 2014 5:42 PM

    As long as the brain trust (oxymoron) retains Haley & Tomlin, they will continue to be an underachieving, laughable franchise that looks back on the glory of the 70′s

  10. citizenstrange says: Jun 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    GO STEELERS!

  11. pittsburgh361 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:56 PM

    Really looking back in the glory days of the 70s hmm I kinda remember 05 &08 and another appearance in 2010. But I mean that’s better than the last playoff in 89 but whos keeping track lol. Who’s this pittspuke ever post is tebowed and a loosing season since hey ill take .500 as a bad year wonder who his or her team is probably the browns or vikings.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 9, 2014 6:09 PM

    As long as the brain trust (oxymoron) retains Haley & Tomlin, they will continue to be an underachieving, laughable franchise that looks back on the glory of the 70′s

    Hey one and done you are making Pittsburgpuke look like an Einstein. Win something first……sssshhh kids should be seen and not heard. Also you need to pay your mortician more for the stupid comments he writes for you or maybe it’s your six year old son.

  13. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jun 9, 2014 6:46 PM

    “As long as the brain trust (oxymoron) retains Haley & Tomlin, they will continue to be an underachieving, laughable franchise that looks back on the glory of the 70′s”

    Wow, what an ignorant comment that was. Here is a clue, junior: Tomlin inherited an 8-8 team from Bill Cowher and won the SB.

    BTW, the last time the Steelers had a losing season was in 2002. Guess who was coaching that year?

  14. Canton Bulldogs says: Jun 9, 2014 7:21 PM

    What does it say about the WR core when he actually has a chance to start?

    “Shaky hands — tends to double-clutch the ball and makes too many easy drops. Is not a polished route runner — is stiff in and out of his breaks. Lacks toughness desired to work the middle of the field. Must prove that he is willing to work to assimilate a playbook and learn the finer points of the game”

  15. tigeralum2010 says: Jun 9, 2014 7:57 PM

    I went to Clemson and I watched Bryant play every Saturday. Dude is a freak, physically he is a first-round type talent.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 9, 2014 8:02 PM

    What does it say about the WR core when he actually has a chance to start?

    “Shaky hands — tends to double-clutch the ball and makes too many easy drops. Is not a polished route runner — is stiff in and out of his breaks. Lacks toughness desired to work the middle of the field. Must prove that he is willing to work to assimilate a playbook and learn the finer points of the game”

    I am sure you are a one to believe everything you read about a team you hate, are jealous of, and want to be like. When you grow up your opinions will change.

  17. jtbsteeler says: Jun 9, 2014 8:19 PM

    I love the unadulterated hate and jealousy. Thats what happens when you feel Steeler fans gaining confidence.

  18. clashpoint says: Jun 9, 2014 8:36 PM

    Barring multiple injuries at the position, Bryant’s not going to start. So far at the otas Markus Wheaton has been running with the 1s and looking very good. Wheaton has been working very hard and getting praise from the vets for it going back to last year. Lance Moore would also start over Bryant, and I wouldn’t count out someone like Justin Brown also bring ranked ahead of Bryant on the depth chart. Bryant has plenty of potential, but until he actualizes it, it remains just potential. I think he’ll be a good one – just not yet.

  19. pciorlandosalestwopciorlandosales says: Jun 9, 2014 8:59 PM

    He will work well with the use of the no huddle offense the Steelers are planning to make a mainstay of this year. Speed and duration are his friends. If he can take he big league hits … he will be a true asset. Also .. because of the no huddle offense …. he will get plenty of play time this year. You have to switch out a lot when running a NH offense.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Jun 9, 2014 9:28 PM

    Can’t wait to see Martavis Bryant become a red zone threat. He will be a Big Ben favorite inside the ketchup bottle. Steeler Nation welcomes you.

  21. Canton Bulldogs says: Jun 9, 2014 10:52 PM

    “I am sure you are a one to believe everything you read about a team you hate, are jealous of, and want to be like. When you grow up your opinions will change.”

    Sorry. Wrong characterization of me. Look, the comments here act like he’s the second coming of Megatron. The dude was ranked 14th best at his position in the draft. And now he could start. If you didn’t have your rose colored glasses on you’d realize that is a little scary and doesn’t say much about the existing guys.

  22. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 10, 2014 1:50 AM

    Big Ben Roethlisberger averaged 28 points per game running the no-huddle last season!

    Now then, Bryant was a STEAL in the 4th. He isn’t expected to come in right away and start, as he does need some work. He’s not as finished a product as Watkins is. But with this rare size and speed combo, he’s got the makings of a star. He well could contribute in multiple WR packages.

    I was cheering all the way for the Steelers to land this guy. I like him better than Benjamin.

  23. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 10, 2014 7:15 AM

    Super Bowl lol.

  24. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 10, 2014 9:37 AM

    Canton Bulldogs says:

    What does it say about the WR core when he actually has a chance to start?

    “Shaky hands — tends to double-clutch the ball and makes too many easy drops. Is not a polished route runner — is stiff in and out of his breaks. Lacks toughness desired to work the middle of the field. Must prove that he is willing to work to assimilate a playbook and learn the finer points of the game”

    —————————–

    And now the positive side of the scouting report which come along with every negative:

    “Has as much pure athleticism as any receiver in the draft; 6’4″, 200+ with 4.39 speed Matchup nightmare in the redzone. Excellent in jump ball situations; incredible leaping ability, snatches the ball at it’s apex. Explosive first step; can beat his man right off the line Accelerates very quickly for a guy his size. Great balance and body control; smooth in and out of breaks. Enormous catching radius; can readjust to poorly throw balls. Does a good job catching the ball in stride Showed major growth in junior season, upside is off the charts”

    Its easy to make a point when you only tell half the story…

  25. stillers213 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:49 PM

    We can speculate all we want about his talent and his skills, but the best part of this story is that the Steelers got him in the 4th round! It’s not like he has any pressure to perform right away, so it’s a win-win for the team. His potential is well worth a 4th round pick, that’s for sure.

  26. jamson64 says: Jun 10, 2014 6:58 PM

    Steelers live in the little mind of Bengal guy…and rent free. Thanks buddy!

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