Mike Tomlin On Martavis Bryant: ‘We Expect Him To Consistently Make Big Guy Plays’

If you have been waiting for Pittsburgh Steelers rookie fourth-round wide receiver Martavis Bryant to come alive during training camp, your wait is over. According to several reports, Bryant had a solid showing Saturday and especially during the red zone drill.

Head coach Mike Tomlin cautiously praised the Clemson product at the conclusion of Saturday’s practice.

“Obviously he made a few plays today, but he’s a big guy, so we expect him to consistently make big guy plays,” said Tomlin of Bryant’s efforts on Saturday. “I’m interested in him developing a complete game.”

With several players currently ahead of him on the depth chart, Bryant isn’t likely to see much playing time once the regular season gets underway barring injuries. What little playing that he does receive, however, could come inside the red zone in order to take advantage of his 6-4 height and 39-inch vertical jump.

Following him be drafted back in May, Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann talked about how Bryant could provide the offense some cheap touchdowns because of his measurables.

“A lot of times people know where the ball is going to go and there is nothing they can do about it if you got a mismatch,” said Mann. “And that’s what we think we have here with the reach that he [Bryant] has – the wingspan. We feel like we can get some cheap touchdowns down there.”

Prior to the Friday night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert weighed in on Bryant’s progress thus far in training camp during in interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“He’s been working and growing,” Colbert said of Bryant. “You see the athleticism and the speed, and potential. Now he’s got to continue to grow. He’s a very young player with really only one year of significant playing experience at Clemson.”

So where does Bryant currently fit into the receiving core?

“I think that’s what he’s determining with his efforts,” Tomlin said Saturday.

  • michael young

    It’s a start. With the limited experience he has no one should be surprised that he will take time to develop. That said, you can’t teach height, speed and the ability to climb the ladder in the red zone. If he pulls down a few TDs this year I’ll be happy. That’s where this offense has struggled the past few years. From 20 to 20 the offense has been solid.

  • Weiss Chad

    If he can ever become a complete wr this guy could be scary good.Im very interested in seeing what he becomes in a cpl years.

  • Jason

    If he and J. Brown continue to develop into reliable targets we COULD have a deadly combination of size and speed as a receiving corps.

  • Steelers@2010

    Great News! Man, I did some research on this kid during the off season, this kid has potential. His progress, growth and success could very well depend how quickly he matures. If he can stay focus, it gives the Steelers a deep young WR Corps with great speed and athleticism.

  • steeltown

    Keep it up Bryant!

  • John Hinton

    This is encouraging. Keep it up Rook.

  • Lil Smitty

    Young money 2.0