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Ben Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant needs to “push it hard on every single play”

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger referred to one of his former top targets when discussing the kind of player he thinks fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant can be for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger said that the 6-foot-4, 211-pound rookie can do “kind of what Plax did” as a big receiver down the field, but cautions that there’s a lot of work for the rookie to do if he’s going to get to that level. Roethlisberger thinks it starts with the way that Bryant prepares and the effort he brings when he’s on the field.

“He needs to get in his mind that he can help us and that he’s going to push it hard on every single play like the guys ahead of him are doing,” Roethlisberger said, via ESPN.com. “If you watch Antonio Brown, he scores on that second play [against the Bills last Saturday] because that’s how he practices. Every day in practice when he catches a slant he’s going to score even if guys touch him down. That’s how he practices and that’s how he plays and that’s what transitions into big things like that. As a young guy [Bryant] needs to keep learning from the veteran guys, and I think he will do that because he wants to be a great receiver.”

In Bryant and Dri Archer, the Steelers have a couple of young offensive pieces that are different from what they’ve worked with in recent seasons. Archer made a big play with the first team against the Giants this month, but, per Roethlisberger, Bryant still has “to earn his way up into the first group” before he’ll have the chance to do the same. If he does, it should help make for an interesting offensive season in Pittsburgh.

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35 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Martavis Bryant needs to “push it hard on every single play””
  1. ariani1985 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    Seriously, who would take advice from Ben?

  2. luponatrix says: Aug 18, 2014 5:04 PM

    With or without consent.

  3. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 18, 2014 5:06 PM

    Seriously, who would take advice from Ben?

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    Report comment. I guess if he needed advice on how to play in a Super Bowl he would ask him not an internet tool like you…right?

  4. simonator917 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:07 PM

    Thank you for calling them “offensive pieces” and not weapons.

  5. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:08 PM

    I like Big Ben

  6. stillers213 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:09 PM

    Can’t wait for Ben to shut up all these jealous hater trolls this season.

    I would really like to see this kid ascend to make it to at least the 3rd receiver, and I’m sure Ben feels the same way.

  7. melikefootball says: Aug 18, 2014 5:17 PM

    Ben is correct this is not Clemson this is the NFL.

  8. luponatrix says: Aug 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    stillers213 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 5:09 PM
    Can’t wait for Ben to shut up all these jealous hater trolls this season.

    I would really like to see this kid ascend to make it to at least the 3rd receiver, and I’m sure Ben feels the same way.
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    Great point. Because throwing touchdown passes is going to shut people up about sexual assault. That Roethlisberger is allowed to play in the league is disgusting.

  9. Squawk and Awe says: Aug 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    Ben maybe hit the gym hard, you looking fatter every year.

  10. 941bucs says: Aug 18, 2014 5:34 PM

    Didnt he get in trouble for saying the same thing to a chick?

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    He has a chance of turning out to be a really good value draft pick. The Steelers had a pretty decent draft compared to some other teams.

  12. baltimorons says: Aug 18, 2014 5:52 PM

    Best qb in the league…with the best receivers in the league. Get your popcorn ready. Should be a fun time.

  13. steelers4385 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:29 PM

    Everyone knows the guy didnt do it. Just use it as fuel to be hater. Funny how ray rice actually was caught red handed whippin his girls face on camera, yet baltimore fans cheered him at practice. And whos really the classier organization

  14. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2014 6:34 PM

    Maybe Sanders hit him where it hurts. Maybe if Roethlisberger showed leadership by getting in shape, watching some film and stopping his complaints would show more leadership than calling out a 4th rnd pick.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 18, 2014 6:46 PM

    Maybe Sanders hit him where it hurts. Maybe if Roethlisberger showed leadership by getting in shape, watching some film and stopping his complaints would show more leadership than calling out a 4th rnd pick.

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    Playing the if game Ted. So answer this if the Pats haven’t cheated since spy gate why haven’t they been to a Super Bowl? I guess IF Brady was a leader they would have …right. If is for fools and you qualified.

  16. jmblosser82 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    Ben is 6’5″ 240lbs(listed on his wiki page), that’s not heavy at all. Some people just have a chubby face.

  17. tedmurph says: Aug 18, 2014 7:13 PM

    Think the Pats have been to two Super Bowls since ‘spygate’, but allow me to check my facts.

    Don’t think even diehard steeler fans would ever challenge Brady’s leadership. But, I’ll have to check on that too. Since they don’t play this year, I guess the usual Pats blowout isn’t on the table.

    I wonder who qualifies for what.

  18. fancyleague says: Aug 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    Sanders just had sour grapes because of the Wallace, Brown, and Sanders trio, only Sanders didn’t post amazing results. He’s just another guy.

  19. citizenstrange says: Aug 18, 2014 7:25 PM

    The Pats have been to two Super Bowls since Spygate. Who’s fooling who?

  20. stoogy says: Aug 18, 2014 7:53 PM

    Change your name to just fool.

  21. alchemistcirca1979 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:03 PM

    previous 6th ROUND PICK Antonio Brown has to be one of the hardest workers on and off the field in the NFL, If I was a rookie WR who wanted a shot at a great career I’d stick by his side.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Aug 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    In time Martavis Bryant will be another young stud wr for the steelers. Its just going to take some time for him to translate from the college to NFL level. He’s in work in progress. He’ll make some plays when we need him most. In the Red zone.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 18, 2014 9:24 PM

    Brady’s legacy = whine for flags, Tuck Rule and Spygate
    Ben’s = tough as nails winner, most clutch throw in SB history

  24. clashpoint says: Aug 18, 2014 9:25 PM

    Every time there’s a Ben post some idiot always makes the slanderous “Ben’s a rapist” comment about two accusations made against him years ago. So everytime I feel the need to pay the facts listed below.

    The first was the hotel thing: The accuser got fired for telling her co-workers she saw in a relationship with Ben and she wanted to have his baby. That was against hotel policy concerning hotel guests, so yeah, they fired her. That was followed by Ben dumping her crazy self. When she vengefully tried to file charges against both Ben and the hotel, she was denied. When she tried to sue Ben, her co-workers signed depositions saying what she said about Ben that got her fired in the first place. Then Ben fought her civil suit for a long time, probably until lawyer fees outweighed everything else. No terms were ever announced. FACTS.

    The second was bar bathroom thing: The accuser never tried to file charges at all, or even file a civil suit, basically saying she didn’t want to face all the crap she’d take over it. Plus, there was no DNA evidence when she claimed she was sexually assaulted, and Ben said they never even had sex at all – which is completely supported by the DNA findings, of course. So, she wasn’t going to win anything anyways. Go look all that up, too. FACTS.

    I ain’t saying he’s perfect.
    I am saying the world’s full of gold diggers.

    Go Steelers!

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 18, 2014 9:26 PM

    ariani, you’re a Vikings fan, right? More ridiculous than Cin fans trash talking. At least Cin belongs in the NFL.

  26. mikemyditka says: Aug 18, 2014 10:06 PM

    what nothing about tebow yet? you trolls are slipping.

  27. troy43mvp says: Aug 18, 2014 10:29 PM

    He put a fire under Bell last year too. He is a veteran that challenges other players. Good ! I like that. If he didn’t see the potential I doubt he would even bother.

  28. clashpoint says: Aug 18, 2014 10:39 PM

    For all you trolls sniveling about Ben not being in shape? For quarterbacks under duress or being hit while throwing since 2011, Ben ranks 1st in completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s the hardest to tackle quarterback in the game today and possibly NFL history. I think Steelers fans are quite happy with his conditioning and we don’t care what you think.

    GO STEELERS!

  29. blackngold4life says: Aug 18, 2014 10:46 PM

    Squawk box.. Have you seen Ben this year??

  30. thesteelhurtin says: Aug 19, 2014 10:55 AM

    Yeah Ben is in great shape this year and it’s showing. This will absolutely be his best year yet. I think he breaks all the Steelers single season passing records this year. I love how he is quizzing the guys on hand signals and the loser has to buy the entire offense dinner. ?Yeah he isn’t a leader

  31. Squawk and Awe says: Aug 19, 2014 11:09 AM

    Really Big Ben has never taken the Steelers to the playoffs when the defense ranks outside the top 3 in pts allowed. Enjoy 7-9.

  32. Bull Rush says: Aug 19, 2014 11:48 AM

    Ben should keep this in the locker room. Not talk about it with ESPN. Dress down in private, talk up in public. Should be saying what a great job he’s doing in camp to ESPN. In private tell him to pick it up.

  33. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 19, 2014 12:37 PM

    Ben should keep this in the locker room. Not talk about it with ESPN. Dress down in private, talk up in public. Should be saying what a great job he’s doing in camp to ESPN. In private tell him to pick it up.

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    It never hurts to read Ben’s comments in context, but continue your ill informed trolling if it makes you day. A closed mind is never open to the truth.

  34. Bull Rush says: Aug 19, 2014 3:00 PM

    I did read them in context and I still believe he should have handled it differently. The implication is that he’s not “pushing it hard on every play like the guys in front of him”. Basically Ben just said he’s not working as hard as the others all the time. You simply don’t motivate a team of people by saying publicly they are lacking. That is basic leadership.
    A closed mind that believes Ben is infallible is never open to the truth.

  35. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 20, 2014 4:14 PM

    Bryant is a rare size-speed combo who at times outdid Watkins at Clemson. He’s a steal as a 4th-rounder. But he’s not as pro-ready as Watkins, and he needs work and development. And guidance, which is what Roethlisberger is providing here.

    He did make a sweet leaping sideline grab Saturday where he caught the ball with his hands (something the haters claim he can’t do). There’s a lot of potential with him.

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