Steelers Film Room: Martavis Bryant 2013 Touchdown Receptions

On Monday, we had a look at the drops that new Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant had at Clemson in 2013. Today, it’s only fair that we now look at his seven touchdown receptions from 2013.

Against North Carolina State, Bryant’s first of two touchdowns in the game were a result of the off coverage biting on his move inside. He easily splits both defenders and even has to wait on the ball from quarterback Tajh Boyd.

Bryant’s second touchdown against North Carolina State features him not only turning his defender around with an inside move, but him also going up and high pointing the ball with his size. This is really where he will be dangerous for the Steelers as he will demand a big cornerback’s attention.

Against Syracuse, Bryant takes advantage of a blown coverage and merely splits the cornerback and safety. However, it should be noted once again that he has to wait for the football.

Against Georgia Tech, Bryant gets a free outside release off of the line and takes advantage of the safety biting on play action. Yet again, he has to wait on the football. It’s only a 45 yard throw for Boyd.

Bryant really shows great body control on this back shoulder reception against Citadel. In addition, his effort and ability to get into the end zone is impressive as well.

Bryant’s last two touchdowns of his college career came in the bowl game against Ohio State and they were both short area fades. On the first one, Bryant gives himself enough room to run to the pylon with his split being about a yard and a half outside the hash marks. Despite a solid effort by the cornerback, Bryant shows great concentration and body control in coming down with the defended ball. Look at his footwork and final toe tap. Impressive.

There is no tip on the second touchdown and once again Bryant gets a clean release off of the line.

As I have mentioned previously, had Bryant played with a quarterback in college with a stronger arm, he may have had four more touchdowns and 10 more receptions. With the Steelers, he can dare quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to overthrow him. Bryant will need to become a better route runner and develop a better football IQ at the next level, but there’s really not much not to like about him when you consider that he was drafted in the fourth round.

  • kev4heels

    not sure boyd was ever considered a guy with a weak arm Dave. inaccurate at times, but a weak arm was not one of them. watched him for at least 3 years at clemson.

  • steeltown

    He sure floats some ducks out there though, atleast on throws downfield

  • Paddy

    Never said weak, but Boyd was largely disappointing

  • dkoy85

    I know it might be a little premature, and a complete change in my pre draft opinions on the kid, but I think we got a steal. We needed a tall player that can go up and get the ball and we got one.

    I had the mental image of the last gif in my head of who we need. I felt Benjamin could do it very well, while Evans couldn’t, while Evans was faster. Seems to me we got the best of both worlds. A tall player that can go up and get a contested ball, but can also flat out run. The sky is the limit with this kid.

  • Steel PAul

    I saw on the bottom line on NFL network that ‘Steelers WR coach says “Bryant will start opposite AB in 2014″‘. Bold statement.

  • Dan Broadbent

    Weak arm or not, he sure seems to under-throw his receivers a good bit

  • kev4heels

    not gonna lie. boyd doesn’t translate well to the nfl, and yes, he had quite a bit of throws that were off. however, the guy had 107TD/39INT and an avg of almost 150 passer rating at Clemson. the guy was hardly disappointing.

  • steeltown

    No doubt, despite some inaccuracies he was a very efficient college QB

  • Thomas Rancy

    he’s gona be good but he’s gona have to get stronger, press will be tough on him with guys that can bench twice as much and similar size

  • Brendan

    You mean like Brandon Browner? And that’s probably it.

  • shawn

    WoW … its like u ready my mind and took the words out of my mouth every single sentiment .. couldn’t agree more!

  • cencalsteeler

    I honestly feel his draft projections were down due to the fact he was overshadowed by Watkins. If he played for a different college team his draft stock would have been much higher. A great pick up by the Steelers.

  • ApexSteel

    He said he has a chance. Nothing is guaranteed though.

  • Steel PAul

    Did you actually hear the quote? Bottom line had it as he will start, which seemed very premature.

  • Big White

    Antonio Brown is going to be a great resource for Bryant, in terms of his football IQ.

  • steeltown

    Post draft interview /Mann: “We feel like we got a guy to put opposite of Antonio”

    -This could mean that the hope is he eventually plays opposite AB on the outside and then put Wheaton in the slot.

    Mann: “What I’ll say to you is potentially he could be a starter, I don’t want to say he’s going to start but potentially he could be a starter”

  • Superdriller316

    Move Wheaton’s locker next to AB and put Bryant next to Ben

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Dave picks him in round 4 of his initial mock draft and I loved it. In last past couple of months all these supposed draft experts say he won’t get past the 2nd round. There were probably 150 guys that had the same expectations. Note to self: There are only 64 picks in rounds 1 and 2, therefore many will “Drop”.

    Round 4 Bryant. And one of his ex coaches has said that he has more potential than his team mates of the past 2 years at Clemson. Hmmmmmm. Very interesting. Let’s just hope he lives up to his potential. Go to work, young man.

  • PA2AK

    QB or WRs? Chicken or Egg? Limited tape I’ve seen says it was more about the WR’s than the QB.

  • PA2AK

    Make them all share one.

  • Steel PAul

    Thanks, that makes more sense.

  • Paddy

    Liking Bryant a lot, big wing span and he and Barkevious in Cleveland have the best names in the AFCN

  • chris ward

    Impressive TD’s by Bryant in the game vs. Ohio State. Great concentration on the first TD.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Kudos to Dave Bryan for calling this one way back. Your radar was spot on.

  • Kurt Williams

    Wow…his skill set is definitely what’s missing from the Steelers offensive arsenal. From I recall they only had one TD last year on a fade route? (Moye vs Cincy).

  • Virdin Barzey

    Agreed. Weak arm and running the ball were not Boyd’s issues….just everything else.

  • Steven Vincent

    Browns could have had him after Gordon thing broke but let him fall to Steelers. They will regret that.

  • Weiss Chad

    This is why the steelers don’t need to be drafting wr in third round

  • Weiss Chad

    This is why the steelers don’t need to be drafting wr in first round


    This kid is going to be good. (fingers crossed)