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.