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Le’Veon Bell: Sky still the limit for offense without Martavis Bryant

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) celebrates with running back Le'Veon Bell (26) after making a touchdown catch as Houston Texans defensive back Andre Hal (29) walks by in the second quarter of the NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AP

Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended for the entire 2016 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, which makes two suspensions in two years for a player who is heading to rehab while his teammates get ready for the start of Pittsburgh’s offseason program.

Bryant’s absence will force the Steelers to look elsewhere at receiver in an attempt to replace the big plays that Bryant has provided during his two years with the team. Antonio Brown remains at the top of the depth chart at receiver, but Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey and potential additions to the group will need to do more.

During an appearance on an NFL Media podcast with Michael Robinson and Nate Burleson, running back Le’Veon Bell didn’t express much concern about the offense’s ability to succeed in Bryant’s absence. He pointed to the way the offense produced last year despite injuries that kept him and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the lineup at times as a reason to believe all will be well in 2016.

“I think the sky is the limit for our offense regardless,” Bell said. “I look back when I watched last year, I didn’t play and the offense it still don’t matter. The times when Ben [Roethlisberger] was out and [Michael] Vick came in, we still came in and moved the ball. When I came out, DeAngelo [Williams] came in. We got guys, we got depth and I think the fact that we have all of that depth and we have playmakers everywhere, I think our offense is still going to be just as dynamic. Obviously Martavis would make it a lot easier but we still have that next man up and that’s the kind of things we’ve been doing.”

Bryant’s absence isn’t a positive, but the Steelers are hardly lacking for other offensive weapons. As long as they’re healthy, it’s hard to argue with the running back’s take on what lies ahead on offense.

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29 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell: Sky still the limit for offense without Martavis Bryant”
  1. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:14 AM

    I’m pretty sure this was a veiled reference to getting high.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 16, 2016 9:16 AM

    Vontaze Burfict >>>>>> pittsburgh steelers offense

  3. bettis3636 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:17 AM

    Its the truth… just hope #26 can stay healthy all year to enjoy it!

  4. djstat says: Mar 16, 2016 9:19 AM

    Drug Suspension – Check

    Missing significant time due to injury – Check

    Loud mouth moron – Check

    Bell needs to shut his mouth

  5. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 16, 2016 9:20 AM

    By “sky” he means one TD per game as demonstrated by all their post season efforts since Tebow.

  6. steelbydesign says: Mar 16, 2016 9:22 AM

    Ben, Bell, Deangelo, Brown, Wheaton, Green, Coates, DHB is still more firepower offensively than most teams in the league.

  7. Dom LaMarca says: Mar 16, 2016 9:22 AM

    Sammie Coates!!!

  8. thenewyorker718 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:40 AM

    They still have a good receiving corps , they just need a healthy Bell & Ben & they’ll be fine . Pittsburg is a high powered offense when healthy .

  9. bringmemysoiledfool says: Mar 16, 2016 9:40 AM

    All those playoff wins are really building up Bells confidence. His postseason stats speak for themselves.

  10. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 16, 2016 9:44 AM

    Until he breaks or gets caught with reefer again.

    This guy is a joke.


  11. littlescuppernong says: Mar 16, 2016 9:56 AM

    Steelers will sweep both Bengals and Ravens this time around.

  12. littlescuppernong says: Mar 16, 2016 9:57 AM

    I think you mean Burfict might be better than the Bengals offense.

  13. williamshatnerstoupee says: Mar 16, 2016 10:09 AM

    The best back in the NFL has the people that follow that team that wears the purple and black quaking. They are well aware that they have no one on their roster to compare. The last one had a thing for women and elevators. The disaster of an offseason for the team that wears the purple and black is just a glimpse of what is to come in 2016. More arrests, more steroids, more misery. Two wins at the most in 2016.

  14. jxt2521 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:13 AM

    Vontaze Burfict is what keeps them up at night.

  15. anpsteel says: Mar 16, 2016 10:19 AM

    The offense certainly was not the same with Vick, not even close.

  16. 3rdPlaceThreeStraightGoingOn4 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:25 AM

    Ravens fans necks are stiff and their heads at a permanent 45 degree angle from all that looking UP the last three seasons. In Ozzie We Bust went out and bought a team, which is very OLD now. Old, bad and done.

    Baltimore Eagles

  17. lp0320 says: Mar 16, 2016 10:55 AM

    Agree with Bell’s assessment. Looking forward to 2016 season.

  18. trailerparkking says: Mar 16, 2016 11:00 AM

    I still think had he been healthy we would have beaten Denver, even without AB. Please stay healthy Bell, you could be an all-time great if you do.

  19. clashpoint says: Mar 16, 2016 11:25 AM

    Bell is the best back in the league when healthy. He has every skill in excess, blocking, receiving, running, and he’s beloved in his locker room as a good teammate. I’ll take him over everyone else.

    Go Steelers!

  20. nflgtcfl says: Mar 16, 2016 1:32 PM

    I thought I watched the games with Vick, and they could not move the ball at all? Didn’t they just run it 90% of the time, with some short hitches?

  21. doe22us says: Mar 16, 2016 2:16 PM

    Vick was so bad that they declared him inactive for like 5 plus games and had a gimpy Ben back up whichever QB started for them. Dude has been trash for quite sometime.

  22. steeler999 says: Mar 16, 2016 2:23 PM

    “Bell needs to shut his mouth”

    So he’s not allowed to answer a question when he’s on a TALK show?

  23. tebowtrollisadumbassfake says: Mar 17, 2016 7:14 AM

    Shouldn’t tebow be posting on the Raven suspension article? No post as of yet.fake

  24. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Mar 17, 2016 7:56 AM

    Really? Heyward-bey? That’s one dude that would be addition by subtraction if you know what I mean. It should be a crime to even put his name in the same paragraph with those other dudes.

  25. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 17, 2016 8:45 AM

    Someone should ask Bell if he and Big Ben fight over who gets to ride shotgun on the injury cart. LOL.

  26. tebowtrollisadumbassfake says: Mar 17, 2016 10:53 AM

    Last I seen your Qb was on a injury cart last year.LOL!

  27. tebowtrollisadumbassfake says: Mar 17, 2016 10:54 AM

    Last time I looked tebow your Qb was on a injury cart too. LOL!

  28. stillers213 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:11 PM

    Hate admitting it, but that was a funny post by Tebow guy.

  29. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    maybe the league will do you all a favor and schedule both your games against the Bengals during Vontaze’s suspension.

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