Steelers OC Todd Haley Says Rookie WR Martavis Bryant Still Has A Long Way To Go

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley talked to the media Tuesday as the mandatory minicamp got underway and he gave his recent thoughts on rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant, the 6-4 Clemson product who was selected in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

“He’s as advertised – a legit 6-foot-4 and with legit 4.4 speed. That’s not a combination you see very often, a guy that big who can run that well,” said Haley of Bryant.

While Bryant’s size and speed are impressive, Haley knows that his transition to the NFL game will take some time.

“Another rookie, so we’re not anointing him,” said Haley. “He’s got a long way to go, because at the receiver position, there are a lot of subtle things that go on, but he’s big and fast and what sets him apart and should give him a chance to succeed is that he gets to top speed fast for a guy that big.”

While it will more than likely take some time for Bryant to become an every-down player on offense for the Steelers, Haley knows that his size and ball skills will enable him to be used in certain situations during his rookie season.

“Early on, he can be a factor in the red zone, and he’ll be another guy who gives us speed outside the numbers to stretch the defense,” the Steelers third-year offensive coordinator said.

During his time at Clemson, four of Bryant’s 13 touchdown catches came inside the red zone. Two of those four catches came in his final college game against Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    That’s what I was thinking, as Bryant gets used in the RZ initially for the most part, but Wheaton explodes and becomes the no. 2 guy. Lance Moore plays often as the no. 3, unless one of the young guys makes a big leap (J Brown or Moye). DHB might not make it out of camp. JMHO, but things can change and injuries will happen somewhere.

  • Biggie

    I fully expect our top 4 as being A. Brown, Wheaton, Moore and Bryant, with Bryant being used significantly in the redzone while learning the nuances of the offense. Competition for the last spot will come down to J. Brown, Moye and DHB and the winner will be the one who shows they can participate alot in STs, DHB is going to have a hard time making there roster as a 5th WR/ST. I could see Coale and Goodwin vying for a PS spot.

  • srdan

    I hope this guy gets it. Those measurables are up there with probowl receivers (not named antonio)

  • Johnny Loose

    I’m confident that Moore will be able to pick up any slack at #3 WR. If Wheaton is polished and pans out as a #2 this season, there’s no need to rush Bryant into anything. Bring him along at a steady pace his rookie season and he could possibly be a real factor on offense in 2015. As long as he works hard, I think we have every reason to be excited about him.

  • Paddy

    This is when coaches earn their pay, coaching up the young and inexperienced. Haley has his work cut out for him

  • srdan

    I agree, but this is more of Mann’s job.

  • srdan

    I would agree with your except that I wouldnt mind rushing him into a redzone role. In a scenario that is “We know where the ball is going, the defense knows where the ball is going, now use your athletic talents to make it happen”

  • Big White

    The Steelers will keep him pretty close to the vest, probably even through the preseason working with backup units. However, DO NOT think for a second they won’t take their shots with him beginning week one.

  • Johnny Loose

    i agree

  • cp72

    The size and speed are nice, but what excites me is the way he tracks the ball in the air. Plaxico was very good at that. You can have all the speed in the world, but you need to find the ball to make a play on it. Every time I watch tape of him he tracks balls over the shoulder with ease. This will make him dangerous in the red zone.

  • steelster

    I think Bryant will have very little production his rookie year. He is really raw.

  • SteelersDepot

    you mean hating on the kid I had the Steelers drafting very early on in the offseason because I loved his long-term upside? That kind of hate?

  • James Kling

    So hateful!