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Steelers hope suspension will have positive impact on Martavis Bryant

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09:  Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

Before the playoffs got underway, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he wanted wide receiver Martavis Bryant to “rise up” and accept the challenge of being “the best in the world.”

Bryant may not have reached that level, but he played well in both of the Steelers’ playoff games and continued to show skills that make his future in Pittsburgh look bright. Things looked a bit dimmer at the start of the season when Bryant was serving a four-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, something that team president Art Rooney II hopes was a wakeup call about what to do off the field.

“Martavis is a player who has tremendous ability and potential, and we just have to continue to work with him to make sure he takes care of his business off the field and puts himself in a position to be as great a player that he can be,” Rooney said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We hope the experience he had earlier this season will have an impact on him.”

One need only look at Josh Gordon’s career trajectory to get how important it is to Bryant’s future that he avoid further drug issues when he’s away from the team. If he can, the Bryant-Antonio Brown tandem should keep the Steelers passing game among the most prolific in the league for several years to come.

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30 Responses to “Steelers hope suspension will have positive impact on Martavis Bryant”
  1. marvsleezy says: Jan 29, 2016 4:41 PM

    headline made it seem like he was suspended again

  2. dirtyback says: Jan 29, 2016 5:07 PM

    Hopefully he has overcome his weed addiction lol
    In all seriousness though, this dude is a tremendous talent. Hopefully he can stay out of trouble and continue to show the league how good he is. If not, Sammie Coates will be nipping at his heels. Coats showed some promising signs in the playoff game against Denver and he is another dude with size and speed. He just needs more snaps under his belt to show what he can do and become more consistent.

  3. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 29, 2016 5:35 PM

    Once a stoner, always a stoner. So many off the field problems with the Steelers. Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a mess.

  4. whodey420 says: Jan 29, 2016 6:00 PM

    Kid has some talent. Kind of reminds a little of Chris Henry. Hopefully he gets his head on straight and
    doesn’t meet the same fate. 😦

  5. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jan 29, 2016 6:06 PM

    “TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn ” embarassed himself yet again with an absurd comment. It is amazing how a. he is obsessed with Tim Tebow (definitely a bromance there) considering the Steelers won their playoff game a couple weeks ago (“NevertoReturn” is as big a lie as they come, junior). And b. he continues to flaunt his ignorance over and over again. On any subject. The “stoner, always a stoner” and “so many off field problems with the Steelers” lines are a bald face lies. But he will just cowardly hide behind his keyboard about them. So desperate for attention he just throws out lies week after week.😉

  6. profish13 says: Jan 29, 2016 6:36 PM

    If there’s a Steeler article, you can expect some form of trolling from Tebowed. It’s actually amusing and sad at the same time:/

  7. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 29, 2016 6:40 PM

    notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    Jan 29, 2016 6:06 PM

    “TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn ” embarassed himself yet again with an absurd comment. It is amazing how a. he is obsessed with Tim Tebow (definitely a bromance there) considering the Steelers won their playoff game a couple weeks ago (“NevertoReturn” is as big a lie as they come, junior). And b. he continues to flaunt his ignorance over and over again. On any subject. The “stoner, always a stoner” and “so many off field problems with the Steelers” lines are a bald face lies. But he will just cowardly hide behind his keyboard about them. So desperate for attention he just throws out lies week after week.
    ——————————–

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn = factman66

  8. magicmtndan says: Jan 29, 2016 6:56 PM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn
    has yet to post one intelligent thing here. His name should be ObsessedWithTheSteelers

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 29, 2016 6:58 PM

    Have no pity for the Tebow troll. He lives in Baltimore and supports Ray Lewis…. Dumb is not a disease that has a cure. But I like having it around to laugh at…. It provides you with theater of the absurd on a daily basis.

  10. coltcountrysteelerfan says: Jan 29, 2016 7:13 PM

    Bryant too a step forward while Wheaton took a step back. I hope he can prioritize football above the negatives. Imagine what Ben, Bell, Bryant, and Brown can do while all healthy. Throw in a few new solid DB’s and we should be talking about a deep playoff run.

  11. mmmpierogi says: Jan 29, 2016 7:19 PM

    Bryant has ridiculous potential and is definitely still showing that he’s developing, but his catching skills seem a little suspect at times. He’ll have beast-like catches like the TD against Cincinnati (was later shown to not be a TD, I think, but even still — that was mind-boggling), but some of his drops or misses are frustrating. Not sure if it’s a concentration thing or what.

  12. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 29, 2016 7:20 PM

    “We just have to continue to work with him to make sure he takes care of his business off the field and puts himself in a position to be as great a player that he can be,” Rooney said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…

    And, if not, me and my other owner buddies can always frame NE again and steal their draft picks so we can try to keep up and maybe have a chance.”

  13. geezohman says: Jan 29, 2016 7:33 PM

    now if Rooney can just get his staff on picking 3rd string quarterbacks, running backs, ..that don’t screw up in the playoffs two years in a ROW ! And a coach that has his team ready …losing last 4 years to 13 that’s 13…sub 500 teams ! Fire Tomlin

  14. mmmpierogi says: Jan 29, 2016 7:39 PM

    youknowiknowitall says:
    Jan 29, 2016 7:20 PM
    “We just have to continue to work with him to make sure he takes care of his business off the field and puts himself in a position to be as great a player that he can be,” Rooney said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…

    And, if not, me and my other owner buddies can always frame NE again and steal their draft picks so we can try to keep up and maybe have a chance.”

    **********************************************************************************

    You have a good point. Once Brady retires, New England’s stagger back into the depths of irrelevance where they existed for the first ~40 years of their existence will mean they have great draft packs every year. I’d be trying to steal them, too.

  15. crusty14 says: Jan 29, 2016 8:15 PM

    Maybe he should just start smoking synthetic weed like the patriots, then it’s ok! Lol really though, he has great potential, let’s hope he can keep it check. I like to smoke dope too, but I wouldn’t if it meant I couldn’t make millions of dollars if I don’t!

  16. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 29, 2016 8:55 PM

    Against the Ravens in December, Bryant had an awesome 4 yards rushing and 6 yards receiving. Scary!!! Was there a parade waiting for him when he came home?

  17. ohand16 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:36 PM

    If by ‘positive’ they are referring to his next drug test, then yes I believe they are correct.

  18. jgammell34 says: Jan 29, 2016 10:47 PM

    I think Bryant will be fine with AB’s guidance

  19. physk05 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:32 PM

    He didn’t learn at Clemson and he won’t learn now. Shame.

  20. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 30, 2016 9:23 AM

    I hear weed slows you down. His 10 yards against the Ravens if proof of that.

  21. carpanfan95 says: Jan 30, 2016 11:58 AM

    Bryant was a WR I had Mock drafted to the Pamthers. That’s why I think it is so important to have e a stable locker room and players like Charles Peanut Punch Tillman and Thomas Davis the last Walter Payton Winners, Gted Olsen, Charles Johnson, Jared Allen, Cam Newton and the rest of the players who donate their time to charities.

    I want to give Pamthers Eugeme Robinson, Long Snaper JjJason, and Punter Brad Nortmam shout out for the work the do with the rookies and the rest of the team.

    Robinson is like a Rookie coordinator when they get drafted or signed as a Free Agent. He helps steer them in the right direction in what to expert coming into some money and putting it in an investment for their future etc.

    Jason and Nortman are smart with degrees in finance. So these guys in away jelps take all the pressure of being a Rookie so all they have to worry about is playing football.

    These are the little things about the Pamthers organization that makes a huge difference for the culture of the team.

    When a rookie for other teams get hit with a $17,000.00 dinner tab that hurts, especially if they have kids etc. Panthers rookies biggest rookie worry from veterans is carrying pads and helmets from the practice fields.

    So Go Panthers Keep Pounding.

  22. citizenstrange says: Jan 30, 2016 12:46 PM

    I remember reading something about Bryant’s mom coming to live with him in Pittsburgh to help keep him on the straight and narrow.

    That is an EXCELLENT move that shows Bryant took his suspension very seriously. Nobody wants to be a young, famous pro athlete millionaire and still live with their mom but you do that to keep your head on straight.

  23. steeltroll says: Jan 30, 2016 2:13 PM

    I would like Tomlin to challenge Ben to show up in camp as in shape as Brady who is 5 years older. If Ben could be even half as mobile as he used to be, his game would be ridiculous. Please Ben, do more than ride your bike and kayak this year (for the uninitiated, this actually what he claims to do). I am a genuine Steeler fan and want no one else under center.

  24. littlescuppernong says: Jan 31, 2016 10:35 AM

    Wow, seems like a lot of Ravens and Bengals fans are verrry nervous that Bryant is only getting better. If you want to talk stats vs. the Ravens, I’m sure we could also laugh together over Flacco’s stats.

  25. tinytoolalldrool says: Jan 31, 2016 1:20 PM

    For the Fact Man. Please look this up. What was Ben’s record last year against starting quarterbacks. Not impressive am I right!

  26. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 31, 2016 7:29 PM

    Let’s face it. Steelers didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Unlike the Jets, they collapsed against NE. Everyone knows how the Pittsburgh coaches conspired to drum up penalties to beat the Bengals. Totally non-legit win. When they finally had to play fair, they melted down in Denver. Next year, they will be AFCN basement dwellers and finally unload Tomlin and Big Ben. Only way to lift the Tebow curse.

  27. jgammell34 says: Jan 31, 2016 8:18 PM

    lmao! you are in love with the steelers ! or you are totally clueless!

  28. steelersnowand4ever says: Feb 1, 2016 9:15 AM

    TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn

    “What a maroon!” (Bugs Bunny)

  29. joerahme says: Feb 1, 2016 4:50 PM

    Bryant has for sure waisted 2-3 years of his career getting in trouble for drugs, had he gotten clean and kicked that terrible habit, he would have been competing against Brown for the best receiver in the NFL, and i would have bet on him to be the top receiver without any questions asked, he possesses all the tools that an elite receiver has to beat every receiver and every defender in the league, if he gets clean of any drugs, i will bet on him to be the best receiver the NFL has ever seen or been around, he only needs to clean his mind and his hands of all negative stuff, then come back and talk to me at the end of his career, he must own up to his rotten decisions because no one else can take the great credits from him nor the awful mistakes he commits that hurt him and the mighty Steelers.

  30. sbchampsagain says: Feb 4, 2016 3:51 PM

    I’m hoping Tomlin and Bryant finally learn how to beat the Ravens.

    The Ravens have been 8-3 in the past 5 years over my Steelers and completely owned us.

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