Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Says Mike Tomlin Has Already Been ‘Messing’ With Him

Considering how new Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was used at Clemson, it’s not surprising that he finished with a 22.2 yards per catch average on his 61 receptions. Those numbers could qualify Bryant for the Mike Tomlin “one trick pony” tag, but according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that term hasn’t been used yet.

“He’s been talking to me,” Bryant was quoted as saying. “He’s been messing with me a lot. I like it, though. He’s a good coach.”

Bryant, according to Kaboly’s report, did say that Tomlin has gotten on him already for “getting tired sometimes”, so it looks like the young wide receiver might need to work a little on his conditioning between now and the start of the OTA practices. With today being the first day of rookie mini camp, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Tomlin told a lot of his young players the same thing.

Bryant has already had the chance to catch a few balls from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger since arriving in Pittsburgh, so what does he feel like he needs to do to make a good first impression with his new quarterback?

“Just come out and work,” said Bryant. “Try not to be on anybody’s bad side. Same thing I did in college. Just learn how to be a pro. Learn from all of the veterans.”

The Steelers rookie mini camp will continue on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.

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  • Brian Tollini

    Work hard, stay humble. If he does these two things he will go far, if he doesn’t he will be a bust. Can it be as easy as that?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    If I had to run deep fly patterns 50 times a game at sub 4.4 speed and never get the ball thrown my way I’d probably get a little tired too.

  • Aric Brown

    I like that they are already making this kid feel comfortable.. sometimes that can be the difference in whether or not talent translates

  • Weiss Chad

    I’m really starting to like this kid!!He has a really good shot at being the steal of the draft.,I think they hit on at least first four picks while drafting some intriguing prospects in the later rounds

  • blue

    Haley better draw up some plays for this guy.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I think he may have slipped to the fourth, not because of poor route running, but because he had the inability to learn the routes. I hope he has both the mental make-up to learn the play book, and the ability apply it on the field. If he does, he will be an absolute steal. I think he will be a limited deep threat the first year, and will hopefully evolve in the years to come. Let’s frame this another way, Mike Wallace had a limited route tree and just got a 60 million dollar deal. He would probably been drafted in the first round, based on his body of work in Pittsburgh. If Bryant can do what Wallace did, or even come close, he will be an absolute steal. I guess alot of us, including myself, have never got over the likes of Sweed and to a much lesser degree, Fred Gibson. I keep reminding myself this was a fourth round pick with a world of potential.

  • westcoasteeler

    Gotta be nice going from Taj Boyd to Big Ben

  • Jason White

    I think Bryant will end up being a steal especially considering he was taken in the 4th. Despite people questioning the pick I think Dri Archer is a gem as well. If you view him as a returner only then it wasn’t worth it but Dri is an offensive weapon and if used as such the fans are gonna fall in love with him.