Martavis Bryant back to working with starters in Steelers practice

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Martavis Bryant is working his way out of the doghouse, one step at a time.

According to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Bryant was back working with the first offense when the Steelers returned from their bye week. Whether he stays there this week against the Colts remains to be seen, but it could be a clean slate for the wide receiver who created his own issues in recent weeks.

After social media posts hinting at wanting out of Pittsburgh to eventually actually saying it, the Steelers deactivated him in their last game, and replacement JuJu Smith-Schuster had a 193-yard night in his absence.

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to be out there,” Bryant said. “It’s a long week. It’s only Monday. I’ll come back in here Wednesday, get the game plan and go from there.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was willing to joke with Bryant in the locker room about all the attention he was getting, but wasn’t making any promises about his role. Asked whether he was confident Bryant could contribute in the second half, Tomlin replied: “I’m not. We’ll see.”

Bryant took a more optimistic view.

“That ain’t my business to worry about what someone else says,” the receiver said. “Even though he’s the coach, I still have to go out and prepare and show him what I’m capable of. You have to pull yourself along. I wasn’t down on myself at all about what he said. . . .

“We’ve got a long season to go, still. I have to finish, work hard and make the best of all situations and go from there.”

The Steelers would love to have Bryant around and engaged, because he has shown he can help. But he also missed a year with a drug suspension, so they’re hedging their bets by using a second-round pick on Smith-Schuster, and waiting to see how Bryant responds.

7 responses to “Martavis Bryant back to working with starters in Steelers practice

  1. Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Juju Smith-Schuster remain by far the team’s best 3 wrs, so yeah they’re gonna start. Pittsburgh has 8 games to get their offensive game improved to where all three are consistently contributing for the playoffs. If they can, this team can beat anybody.

    You Steelers!

  2. Great move by the Steelers to take Schuster in draft- Bryant has been undependable ever since his days in college. First round talent but Fourth round attitude. It is up to him to play well or mope – the Steelers have certainly given him enough chances.

  3. “We’ve got a long season to go, still. I have to finish, work hard and make the best of all situations and go from there.”

    Now this is what I like to hear.
    If he comes through on it, he will get the payday he’s looking for.

  4. At times he seems to not realize that had he not been suspended in the first place the whole Ju-Ju thing wouldn’t even exist because Ju-Ju probably would have ended up on some other team. The entire dynamic is of his own making. Undoubtably it’s been a long and challenging proccess to get reinstated, but finish walking that mile and good things can happen. ‘Here We Go!’

  5. Brown and Bryant on the outside with Smith-Shuster in the slot. Bell out of the backfield and James or McDonald out of the tight end spot. As a Steelers fan I like the sound of that.

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