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Kevin Colbert: Bryant suspension doesn’t change offseason plans at receiver

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Sammie Coates #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes part in pre-game warm ups before a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 12, 2015 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers won’t have wide receiver Martavis Bryant for the entire 2016 season thanks to a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Running back Le’Veon Bell said last week that he didn’t think Bryant’s absence would keep the team from operating at a high level offensively because there were enough other playmakers on hand. General Manager Kevin Colbert seemed to agree with Bell while discussing Bryant’s suspension on Sunday while saying the team wouldn’t change its offseason plans in light of the suspension.

“We feel good about Sammie Coates and his development,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Unfortunately, Martavis won’t be a part of the team in 2016 but Sammie Coates will be. We have a kid in Eli Rogers who, prior to him getting hurt last year, showed some promise.”

Coates didn’t play much as a rookie, catching one pass for 11 yards in six regular season appearances. He had two catches for 61 yards in the playoff loss to Denver with Antonio Brown sidelined by a concussion. Rogers was an undrafted free agent out of Louisville last year and spent the year on injured reserve after hurting his foot.

Brown, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey are also on the depth chart at receiver with the recently signed Ladarius Green taking over at tight end from Heath Miller. Throw in Bell and DeAngelo Williams and there’s plenty of support for Ben Roethlisberger without adding anyone to the roster in the coming weeks and months.

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12 Responses to “Kevin Colbert: Bryant suspension doesn’t change offseason plans at receiver”
  1. kevo95 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    Longs as we are healthy ,we will be fine

  2. typicalnipple says: Mar 20, 2016 2:37 PM

    Health is a priority of the Big John Football also.

  3. 34defense2014 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:49 PM

    Brown wants more Money? Suddenly Bryant gets a year suspension? Looks to me like Bryant was set up! Something is rotten in Steelersvill- Something smells bad and it’s not the smell of Weed! I Wouldn’t be surprise if we find out that Brown and or Bay were behind all this? Someone set Bryant up, but who? Who would gain the most? If suddenly Bryant popped up with a dirty urine? It’s Worked out for Bay, now it’s Brown’s turn for a pay raise!

  4. clashpoint says: Mar 20, 2016 3:11 PM

    The only receiver the Steelers absolutely can’t afford to lose is Antonio Brown. It looks like they have enough depth to overcome anything else, at least as far as the receiving corps goes anyways.

    However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you’ve got a good QB and receivers, maybe you can throw the ball. If you’ve got good running backs, maybe you can run the ball. If you don’t have a good offensive line though, you can’t do either.

    Last year Pittsburgh lost two of their three best offensive lineman for the year pretty early. I think they’ve got to have better depth next year than last, but it sure would be nice to avoid that level of injuries next year.

    Go Steelers!

  5. citizenstrange says: Mar 20, 2016 3:16 PM

    Where was Bryant when Small Ben in Big Games and the Steeler offense was averaging 16 points a game in their last three playoff games?

    Oh wait … he was on the field. Next excuse up!

  6. toybkshr says: Mar 20, 2016 3:22 PM

    He must be smokin the same stuff Martavis was!

  7. tebowedoutofthepostseasonandnevertooreturn says: Mar 20, 2016 3:38 PM

    Brown wants more Money? Suddenly Bryant gets a year suspension? Looks to me like Bryant was set up! Something is rotten in Steelersvill- Something smells bad and it’s not the smell of Weed! I Wouldn’t be surprise if we find out that Brown and or Bay were behind all this? Someone set Bryant up, but who? Who would gain the most? If suddenly Bryant popped up with a dirty urine? It’s Worked out for Bay, now it’s Brown’s turn for a pay raise!

    Seriously! Are you Bryant’s smoking buddy?

  8. bradyakagod says: Mar 20, 2016 5:04 PM

    The steelers are gonna suck this year. Brown is damaged goods same with Leveon Bell and Deangelo Williams was lucky not to have gotten hurt this past season and he will get injured next year.

  9. thesteelhurtin says: Mar 20, 2016 5:30 PM

    Eli Rogers is going to grow into a very good WR. He showed a lot of skills before being injured. Very polished route runner.

  10. Wonka22 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:36 PM

    Sure it does. The only reason they would say such a thing, is to keep other teams drafting in front of them from taking the guy at wr they ARE targeting. Whenever you lose a key wr from your offense, with no guarantees that they won’t miss time in the future for stupid decisions, the position will be one of your top priorities in the draft. Smokescreen 101.

  11. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 20, 2016 10:46 PM

    Am I on vacation? Multiple Steeler threads and haven’t trolled them? Are the Ravens that depressing?

  12. aberystwyth2 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:22 AM

    If there is one thing that Todd Haley has excelled at throughout the years it is coaching and developing receivers.

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